Friendsgiving Recipes for Kids

friendsgiving 1992

Plan a special Friendsgiving celebration (Thanksgiving celebrated with friends) just for the kids, featuring Turkey Stuffing Bites and Mini Green Bean Casseroles. They’ll love eating mini versions of their favorite Thanksgiving dishes from the cookbook, Super Quick Muffin Tin Meals, by Melanie LaDue. Serve with a bottle of sparkling apple cider for a special treat. See the directives at the bottom of the page for fun projects the kids can do at their party. Use these recipes or come up with your own. Either way, make it a fun time to be thankful for friends!



Turkey bites are delicious.

Turkey Stuffing Bites

Makes 12
Prep time: 15 mins.

1 (8 oz.) package refrigerated Crescent Recipe Creations (seamless dough sheet)
1 (6 oz.) package instant stuffing mix
2 cups cooked turkey, diced
¼ cup store-bought turkey gravy

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 regular size muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Unroll crescent roll sheet and cut into 12 equal squares. Place a square into each muffin cup and press down, keeping the dough pressed against the sides.

  • Prepare the stuffing according to package directions. Spoon a tablespoon of stuffing into each muffin cup. Divide diced turkey among cups and top with ½ tablespoon gravy. Bake 10-12 minutes, until roll is golden brown.

  • Remove the tin from the oven. Using a knife or mini metal spatula, transfer bites to plates. Serve immediately.


Tip: Top with a scoop of cranberry relish for the perfect Thanksgiving leftover meal.



This is a variation on green bean casserole.

Mini Green Bean Casseroles

Makes 8
Prep time: 15 mins.

1 (15 oz.) can refrigerated biscuits
1 (12-oz.) can green beans, drained
½ can cream of mushroom soup
¼ cup milk
¼ cup canned French fried onions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray eight regular size muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Roll each biscuit into a ball and press one ball into each muffin cup, pressing the dough up onto the sides. Mix green beans, mushroom soup, and milk in a medium bowl and spoon evenly into muffin tins. Top with French fried onions and bake 10-12 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown.

  • Using a knife or mini metal spatula, transfer the mini casseroles to a platter and serve immediately.


Recipes and photos printed from the book Muffin Tin Meals, with permission from Race Point Publishing, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group.


Cover the table with butcher paper and make Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holders for a fun table activity.

Celebrate the season by making Fall Leaf artwork with a DIY printing plate. Make thank you cards, placemats or a decorative wall hanging for Thanksgiving.


Published October 2016

Authentic Mexican Street Corn

Authentic Mexican Street Corn

This Mexican Street Corn recipe is made by grilling corn on the cob and coating it with a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, Cotija cheese, chili powder and lime. Also called elotes, this easy-to-ma . . .

Read more

San Diego Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

San Diego Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

Hey, foodie parents. Skip the dollar menu this weekend. These local restaurants feature real chefs, great food and play spaces for kids. Officine Buona Forchetta2816 Sims Rd., Liberty StationThis che . . .

Read more

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts2 1/4  cups all-purpose flour 1  teaspoon baking soda 1  teaspoon salt 1  cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4  cup granulated sugar 3/4  cup . . .

Read more

Valentine's Day Lollipops

Valentine's Day Lollipops

Homemade lollipops are fun valentines treats for kids to pass out to their friends and neighbors. The strawberry flavor makes them extra special, but choose whatever flavor you like best. Makes 12 l . . .

Read more

Strawberry Shortcake Hearts

Strawberry Shortcake Hearts

Individual heart-shaped desserts couldn’t be easier using refrigerated canned biscuits filled with fresh, sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. Serves 8 1 (16 oz.) can refrigerated biscuits . . .

Read more

Snacking with  Joy: Bento Box Valentine's Lunch

Snacking with Joy: Bento Box Valentine's Lunch

Give your child this healthy Kale Salad Bento Box lunch with "candy hearts" for dessert. IngredientsOrganic kaleSweet red peppersJicamaSharp Cheddar cheeseOrganic, free-range hard-boiled eggSeedless . . .

Read more

Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink

Looking for clever ways to include fruits and veggies in your kids diet? Try this juice recipe from “Best 100 Juices for Kids” by food blogger and San Diego mom, Jessica Fisher. The beet lends a . . .

Read more

Snacking with Joy: Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast

Snacking with Joy: Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast

Surprise someone you love with this delicious and nutritious Sweetheart Pancake! It’s a healthy and adorable way to say I Love You!IngredientsOrganic blueberriesOrganic strawberries Seedless water . . .

Read more

Glazed Brownie Hearts

Glazed Brownie Hearts

Glazed Brownie Hearts Prep Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 2 hours 25 minutesMakes: 14 brownie hearts What you need: 1 Box Betty Crocker Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch) o . . .

Read more

Super Bowl Football Cupcakes

Super Bowl Football Cupcakes

SuperBowl Football Cupcakes 3 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2/3 cup crushed granola ce . . .

Read more

Sweet Potato Bisque

Sweet Potato Bisque

The sweetness of the potato and the tartness of the apple join forces with the aromatic spiciness of the cinnamon and nutmeg for a beautiful and soul satisfying soup. Serves 8 1 cup diced yellow . . .

Read more

Creamy Cauliflower

Creamy Cauliflower "Baked Potato" Soup

Celebrity Chef Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Soup: There are few soups more decadent than a classic baked potato soup, loaded with cream, Cheddar cheese and smoky b . . .

Read more

Chicken-Chile Pozole

Chicken-Chile Pozole

Melissa d'Arabian's Chicken-Chile PozoleThis brothy Mexican soup is chock-full of hominy, mild dried chiles, and shredded chicken or pork. Shredded chicken and mild New Mexico dried red chiles make . . .

Read more

Buttermilk Scones

Buttermilk Scones

Melissa d’Arabian’s Buttermilk SconesMakes 122 cups all-purpose flour, plus more fordusting6 tablespoons granulated sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda2 tablespoons dry butt . . .

Read more

Melissa d’Arabian’s Potato Bacon Torte

Melissa d’Arabian’s Potato Bacon Torte

This is my signature dish, and may actually be the recipe on “The Next Food Network Star” that won me my own cooking show, Ten Dollar Dinners. 6 servingsFor the crust2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour . . .

Read more

Chef Matt Gordon's Famous Cinnamon Rolls

Chef Matt Gordon's Famous Cinnamon Rolls

Chef Matt Gordon’s cuisine dazzles diners every day at his three San Diego restaurants—Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Sea & Smoke and Urban Solace. (Author’s note: the warm cheese bisc . . .

Read more

How to Plan a Month of Meals

How to Plan a Month of Meals

Plus, 17 ways to use a rotisserie chicken Fall is the time of year I’m determined to plan dinners in advance, shop for everything at once and serve healthy meals every night. That usually lasts a . . .

Read more

Confessions of a Weekday Vegan

Confessions of a Weekday Vegan

A semi-vegan approach for healthy kids and a healthy planet Scroll down for a list of kid-friendly vegan meal ideas. For the third time in my adult life, I’ve rewritten my weekly shopping list t . . .

Read more

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Lettuce wraps are a delicious way to celebrate Chinese New Year at home! Omit the cayenne pepper to make a milder version of the sauce.Ingredients3 - 6 oz. chicken breasts1 Tablespoon soy sauce1 Tab . . .

Read more

6 Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for Hurried School Mornings

6 Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for Hurried School Mornings

Despite the fact that we have a solid morning routine, sometimes we get sidetracked and don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. Eating breakfast in the car isn't ideal, but it’s better than sk . . .

Read more

10 Easy & Nutritious Afterschool Snacks

10 Easy & Nutritious Afterschool Snacks

My daughter eats lunch at school at 10:30 in the morning. Afternoon snacks are not given. She’s starving by the time she gets home from school at 4:00, but the rest of the family isn’t home and . . .

Read more

52 Easy School Lunch Ideas

52 Easy School Lunch Ideas

Get kids excited about taking lunch to school by offering plenty of variety. Tailor this list of 52 lunchbox ideas to your child’s preferences. Discover her favorites and plan them once a week. Co . . .

Read more

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This Mexican hot chocolate recipe can easily be whipped up at home.Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 
32 oz. milk
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Chocolate Bar (such as Hershey’s) Directions
Heat milk on . . .

Read more

Apple Blackberry Upside-Down Cake

Apple Blackberry Upside-Down Cake

This upside-down apple blackberry cake looks impressive enough for company, but is so easy to make! Substitute frozen cranberries for a twist in color and flavor. Serves 8 Ingredients1½ cup flour . . .

Read more

21 Ways to Make S'mores

21 Ways to Make S'mores

I understand that for some, messing with traditional s'mores is downright wrong. But if it's the taste of s'mores that you crave, you're probably open to venturing outside the box (or in this case, th . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!