We’re only 16 days away from the biggest food fest of the year! Yes, I’m already stalking Thanksgiving recipes all over Pinterest and I’m sure you are too. I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons, but the food is obviously one of the best ones. While I love eating the food, cooking it is a whole different story.
I’ve gotten a lot better about actually getting in the kitchen and making stuff that doesn’t come from a box. Thanksgiving requires a whole different level of effort, though, and it’s one that I haven’t quite acquired yet. Today I wanted to share my favorite “lazy girl” ideas and recipes for Thanksgiving. The recipe links will take you to Pinterest so you can save them for next week. Happy cooking!
Jennie O Oven-Ready Turkey
Remember yesterday when I told you about the awesome people at Jennie O sending me their no-thaw freezer-to-oven turkey? Well I’m declaring it a success.
The turkey comes pre-seasoned in a bag (the whole cooking in plastic thing weirded me out at first, but then I got over it, because it’s clearly a magic bag), which you just take out of the freezer, toss into a roaster, poke a couple holes in the bag, and throw it in the oven for a few hours. Mine was in for 4 hours, but I could probably have taken it out sooner.
Once it’s done, voila! Turkey dinner, without having to scrub the roasting pan afterwards.
The downside is if you’re adventurous and want to use your own seasonings, etc., you can’t really do that with this. As I said, though, this is the LAZY girl’s guide to Thanksgiving, so magic bag it is.
Mini Pumpkin Pies
I feel like this recipe is the ultimate pie hack. Pre-made tart shells make mini pies a snap! I’d even take this a step further and use already-made pumpkin pie spice instead of mixing the spices separately. This is definitely going on my list of must-haves.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
I get super annoyed when I see a slow cooker recipe that requires anything more than “throw all ingredients in the cooker and turn it on.” I feel like involving pans on the stove defeats the whole purpose. This recipe meets my low-maintenance criteria and also looks freaking delicious! Of course, my mom used to take it even further and buy the corn pudding from the grocery store and serve it in a different container. In her defense, it was amazing corn pudding, but years of fooling Riley with it gave him trust issues when he finally found out the truth.
Homemade Stove Top Stuffing
Confession time: I really love the Stove Top stuffing in a box. It’s $.99, idiot-proof, and surprisingly delicious. You can’t serve that on Thanksgiving, though, because that would be tacky….apparently. This recipe is a homemade version, but still really simple to throw together.
Sweet Potato Casserole
I tried to find a sweet potato casserole recipe that didn’t require lots of peeling, but apparently you just need to suck it up and deal with that one. This recipe only has 6 ingredients, so I guess I can live with that. What I CAN’T live with is a sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving that doesn’t have marshmallows on top. It’s my absolute favorite side dish on Thanksgiving. I would skip the turkey before I skip sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. You hear that, Mom? Don’t even think of skimping on the marshmallows.
Three Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
My mom makes an awesome cranberry mold with cream cheese side on Thanksgiving. It’s amazing and one of the things I always look forward to, but it definitely doesn’t belong on a lazy girl’s Thanksgiving guide. This recipe has just three ingredients and is super simple to make. Much better!
Garlic Cheese Pull-Apart Bread
I’ve made this several times and it’s not only easy, but it’s amazing. The bread comes out soft, garlicy, and so good. Thanksgiving is normally the one day of the year I skip the bread, but if this were on the table it would be a totally different story.
If you want to see more, head over to my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest!
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
Have you ever cooked a whole turkey before?
What are your Thanksgiving tips for the lazy cook?