How to Host a Lazy Holiday with 7 Clever Thanksgiving Recipes

Some people are born entertainers, making everything from complicated appetizers to impressive desserts from scratch, all with a smile on their face. Not you? Even if you’re on Thanksgiving dinner duty and can’t muster the energy to roll out dough, we’ve got you covered. With a few clever shortcuts, you can pull off a successful Thanksgiving dinner. From 5 minute potato casserole to a no-bake pie, we’ve found 7 Thanksgiving recipes that make lazy cooks look like they’ve been in the kitchen all day!


1. Slow Cooker Turkey

No one wants a dried out Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s no fun constantly basting and checking on a turkey either. Enter the slow cooker! You won’t need to babysit this bird! Just toss some turkey breast into your slow cooker and come back hours later to succulent turkey meat. Find this lifesaver recipe at LIVING LOU.


2. Quick Canned Yam Skillet

It’s all about convenience when you’re expecting a crowd of hungry guests. Canned yams make this sweet potato casserole a cinch to make. The Good Cook 8″ Cast Iron Skillet makes this one quick, no baking needed. Sneak some mini marshmallows on top if you like, but the pecan crumble is incredible as is. Simplify Thanksgiving with this recipe from PINCH OF YUM.


3. Garlic Green Beans

These bright and fresh ginger garlic green beans make a quick and easy Thanksgiving side. No need for a time-consuming casserole when you can make this delicious dish! Learn how to make these tasty green beans at MY MAN’S BELLY.


4. 5-Minute Potato Casserole

A casserole made in five minutes? Yes, it’s true, and this one’s delicious! This easy potato casserole is made with frozen hash browns, so you won’t have to peel and grate potatoes all night. You won’t miss the mashed potatoes when you’ve got this tasty, comforting casserole on the table. Free up some time with this quick casserole recipe from CARPE SEASON.


5. Instant Brie Dip

Cranberry orange baked brie dip is a super easy, fun, and festive holiday appetizer recipe that’s perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s simple to make and will disappear in minutes! Find this stunning recipe at SLIM PICKIN’S KITCHEN.


6. No-Fuss Stuffing

Use store-bought bread cubes and save yourself the headache of cutting several loaves of bread into cubes. Use this basic recipe for a traditional, delicious stuffing that doesn’t require a whole lot of fuss. Learn how to make this simple , flavorful stuffing at BROWN EYED BAKER.


7. No-Bake Cranberry Pie

What to do when there’s no room left in the oven for a pie? Whip up a no-bake fluffy cranberry pie, that’s not only easy to make, it’s insanely good! Head to WHITE ON RICE COUPLE for this amazing recipe.

Treat Yourself to Beautiful Bakeware

8-Piece Ceramic BakewareToss those chipped plates and platters this year, and give yourself a coordinated set of bakeware. Your party table with thank you! The Good Cook 8-piece Ceramic Bake Set includes 5 pieces of bright red ceramicware, including:

  • 2 1/2 quart casserole pan
  • 1 1/2 quart round casserole dish
  • 9-inch pie pan
  • Two 14-ounce ramekins. 

Safe for the oven, freezer, microwave and dishwasher, this versatile set is ideal for cooking and serving stylish Thanksgiving feasts.  Simply prep and bake your dishes in our ceramic bakeware, then set them straight on the table! Hosting a pretty party has never been so easy.

Posted in Side Dishes, Roundups, Holiday by Goodcook staff |