Don’t stress this Thanksgiving week! Here are 15 of the best easy and delicious turkey-day recipes to round out your epic feast!
15 Best Thanksgiving Recipes
I start planning my Thanksgiving feast at least a week out. It takes a decent amount of brainpower (and multiple trips to the grocery store) to pull off the perfect, indulgent spread for family and friends. There’s just a lot of info rattling around my head: Are there enough vegetarian options? Too many side dishes – or just enough? Should I get the 20-pound bird, or should I go with a smaller turkey and make even more side dishes? My notebook is a complete mess of recipe ideas and shopping lists on Thanksgiving week. But, I’ll level with you friends – as long as I don’t run short on gravy, I’m a happy girl! Is it worth the effort? You bet it is! There’s nothing I love more than a cozy feast around a big table, breaking bread with my besties.
This year, I’ve done some of the legwork so you can take it a bit easier in your home on the days leading up to the feast. Here are 15 easy and delicious Thanksgiving side dishes to round out your turkey-day spread.
When I feel like an umami loaded mushroom risotto (but not the mammoth quantity of butter and the associated calories), I make this simple and delicious spaghetti squash recipe. Spaghetti squash is a magical veggie that soaks up the all the delicious and savory goodness of the mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. GET THE RECIPE
This fun and delectable meat pie is a healthier spin on a French Canadian Classic. Loaded with veggies and ground turkey stuffed into an impossible flaky crust, the entire thing is smothered with gravy. Btw… nothing screams Thanksgiving to me more than gravy! GET THE RECIPE
No matter what your kids say on the matter, Brussels sprouts can be magical! This Italian inspired recipe gets a nutty flavor from pan-toasted breadcrumbs and almond slivers. Parmesan cheese and capers bring a savory zing to the mix. You and your kids will see eye-to-eye on this one: it’s delish! GET THE RECIPE
Will I be making mashed potatoes and gravy this year? Definitely. But I believe in the power of the spud! There will be multiple potato recipes on the table this year. These lovely and delicious red potatoes are crispy on the outside, with an impossibly velvety interior. Yum-YUM! GET THE RECIPE
Not all pies this Thanksgiving will be of the pumpkin variety! This veggie loaded pie is light, savory and will be ready in no time. Sun dried tomatoes really pack a wallop in this healthy recipe that is perfect for those in your group abstaining from turkey this year! GET THE RECIPE
Is it a sausage scone? Hmmm… sort of. A sausage biscuit? Pretty much. No matter what you decide on for the name, these meaty and doughy balls are 100% delicious! Thyme delivers a zesty, herby note to this sausage and cheese loaded concoction. Make an extra batch. They will disappear from the table quickly! GET THE RECIPE
There will probably be more than a few oohs and aahs when these gorgeous and healthy carrots are spotted by your Thanksgiving attendees. The blackened sear on the outside brings a luscious grilled flavor, while the interior of the sliced carrots retain a perfect tender crunch. A little sea salt and fresh lemon – and you’re good to go! GET THE RECIPE
Not everything you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast needs to be prepared à la minute. Let your kitchen appliances take some of the load off. This slow cooker mac and cheese is creamy, packed with umami flavor and – best of all – will happily cook away while you’re working on other, more immediate, elements of your turkey-day meal. GET THE RECIPE
The only thing I associate with Thanksgiving more than gravy is cranberries. I love the bright and tart element they deliver to any dish. And they really do a perfect job of elevating this smoky, oven roasted Brussels sprouts recipe. A dash of maple syrup brings a slight sweetness. And I used bacon because… well, of course I used bacon! GET THE RECIPE
Buttery and nutty, this green beans almondine recipe is one of the easiest things you’ll make this Thanksgiving! The broiler in your oven is basically an inverted grill, so you’ll get a perfect blistered char on these green beans in a very short time. It’s a healthier option than green bean casserole (but of course I’ll be making one of those as well!). GET THE RECIPE
This Thanksgiving, there will be pie. Oh yes! This flaky, chewy and crumbly Dutch apple pie is loaded with tart apples and cinnamon – and is the perfect sweet counterpoint to a more traditional pumpkin pie. Perfect right out of the oven, or after a cooling spell on the counter, this delicious dessert will help your already stuffed diners find a little extra room! GET THE RECIPE
If your sweet-tooth is legendary, but you’re hoping to make a dessert that is on the slightly healthier side, this one is for you. Sweet potatoes might be making a cameo appearance after the main meal has been cleared away. Topped with sweet condensed milk, these deep fried sweet potato croquettes pair so well with coffee… or a cocktail! GET THE RECIPE
A healthier pumpkin oatmeal cookie, that is one part gooey chocolate oatmeal cookie – and one part pumpkin pie! Yep – it’s hard to believe that a small cookie can tick so many boxes on the dessert-flavor-chart (patent pending). Further proof that pumpkin isn’t just for pies! GET THE RECIPE
I love the warmth that a drink brings before, during or after a Thanksgiving feast. This old-school cocktail has been given the modern twist of freshly grated ginger and a fragrant rosemary sprig. Tastes amazing – and provides the liquid fortifications you might need when watching football, or reconnecting with that weird aunt you haven’t seen in over a decade. GET THE RECIPE
Is it dessert – or a sweet and spiced after-dinner coffee – or a warming drink to prepare you for those frigid black Friday lines? I dunno… all of the above perhaps! In this season of pumpkin everything, this creamy espresso loaded latte is the perfect mix of caffeine and indulgence. A true Thanksgiving pick-me-up! GET THE RECIPE