Mama, you have enough on your plate this Thanksgiving, between the food, the outfits, and the schedule itself, there is a lot to think about. Rather than stressing over the inevitable, I am here to help you tackle that Thanksgiving menu early and efficiently.
This is a list of 10 easy Thanksgiving dishes, all with 10 ingredients or less and most can be made in under an hour! Thanksgiving is all about delicious food, and just because we have fewer ingredients and need less time for these recipes, it won’t take away from the deliciousness.
Cranberry Orange Sauce
One Thanksgiving staple is the cranberry sauce, it is one that also sparks heated debates. Do you prefer your cranberry sauce straight from the can? Or are you more of a homemade cranberry sauce person? If you are set in your traditional ways and just love the jarred cranberry sauce, this recipe won’t be for you. However, if you are looking for an EASY PEASY cranberry sauce recipe, this is it. Three total ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time.
Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, I know vegetables don’t necessarily come to mind, but they are an important dish to have available for friends and family. Green beans are usually a safe vegetable to offer, as they seem to be popular with both kids and adults. With only 6 ingredients and less than a half hour of your time, this green bean recipe gives you more time to focus on the important dishes – like the turkey and stuffing.
Honey Butter Skillet Corn
Corn is another popular vegetable among children and adults, but I like this recipe because it takes your frozen corn to the next level. Corn pairs well with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and the honey butter combination can’t be beat. This recipe has 6 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes.
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
We know how important it is to have vegetables in our diet, but something about adding cheese and Ritz crackers to broccoli, just sounds so much more appealing! Thanksgiving comes once a year, so it is okay to indulge a little too. This comfort food is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and can be ready to go in less than an hour. With only 10 ingredients and about a half hour in the oven, you will have time to start preparing some other tasty dishes.
If you are looking for something a little different than traditional mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes are always a good choice. These creamy potatoes make for a perfect comfort dish this Thanksgiving. This recipe is “harder” because it takes some time to cook the potatoes thoroughly, however there are less than 10 ingredients and it is still less than an hour of your time. If you are serving a large group, feel free to make these potatoes along with another favorite potato dish.
Mac and Cheese
This dish might not make an appearance on all Thanksgiving dinner tables, but it is a quick enough recipe that it can easily be added. With only 8 ingredients and once the pasta is fully cooked, this takes about 15 additional minutes to prepare. If you have a lot of kids at your Thanksgiving meal, mac and cheese seems to be a staple in a child’s diet, so this will absolutely be a hit.
Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
With only 5 ingredients, these cheesy ranch potatoes couldn’t be easier! Cheese, ranch and potatoes all taste delicious on their own, so combine the three and this dish is sure to wow your guests. Potatoes take time to cook, so this dish takes roughly an hour total of your time. However once prepared and placed in the oven, your hands are free to move on to another tasty dish.
Pumpkin Vegetable Bake
This is a great dish option to have on your dinner table if you have guests who are vegetarian. With 10 ingredients (technically 11 if you count the optional vegan parmesan cheese) this recipe really is easy to throw together. This is also a healthy alternative to stuffing if you are watching what you eat a little bit closer this year. It takes less than 45 minutes to make, so it will be ready for the dinner table in no time!
Caramel Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip
I can’t create a list of Thanksgiving dishes without mentioning dessert at least once. If pumpkin pie is a favorite in your household, this easy dip is sure to be a hit! After dinner is served, and everyone is settling in to watch some football, this cheesecake dip is easy enough for everyone to put some on their plates and start snacking. There are only 4 ingredients and no baking is required, a huge plus on a busy Thanksgiving holiday.
Apple Pie Bites
Okay, one more dessert dish. While apple pie is another popular dessert choice on Thanksgiving, turning it into a delicious bite sized treat is a great idea. Friends and family can add one or two to their plate, and get the unbeatable apple pie taste, while not filling up on only one dessert. After all, there are more pies, cookies and treats to taste too! There are only 6 ingredients and from start to finish should take you less than 30 minutes!
First and foremost, Thanksgiving is all about family, spending the day together and making memories. Aside from family (and maybe football) most people also look forward to the food! There are just so many delicious dishes out there, sometimes it is hard to know where to start, especially when the day itself can be so busy and overwhelming. That’s why dishes like these are perfect, because they are quick and easy, but don’t compromise on taste. Thanksgiving day can be stressful, don’t let every dish be too.