Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Posted by on Nov 06, 2013

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November is on its way and, at least in the United States, November means Thanksgiving! And Thanksgiving means a lot of cooking, possibly under time constraints, with many guests waiting to eat. This holiday can certainly be a high-pressure situation, so it might help to have some tricks up your sleeve. Luckily, there are plenty of quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes out there to choose from. Here are six that you might find helpful when your house is full of family members waiting to be fed.

Mashed potatoes in a bowl with bacon and cheese on top
10-Minute Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a dish that pleases crowds, but takes a while to make. First you have to peel a veritable mountain of potatoes, then you need to cook them and mash them, to say nothing of the seasoning. This recipe uses the microwave rather than a pot on the stove, which you might be a bit wary about, but the original poster of this recipe insists that the result is delicious. The recipe calls for — naturally — potatoes, as well as sour cream, milk and chives. There are also variations for a Southwest twist with roasted garlic, bacon and cheddar.
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit Tummy Treasure.
Green beans on a plate with goat cheese
7-Minute Green Beans

Green beans are a nice healthy option to place alongside your other, possibly unhealthy, dishes at the Thanksgiving table. And with 7 minutes as the projected time to finish these beans, they would be perfect for a busy holiday meal. You’ll need green beans, garlic and olive oil. Optional additions to this recipe include goat cheese, almonds, soy sauce, tomatoes and anything else you’d like to include. The green beans will need to steam for just seven minutes, and then simply toss them with your other ingredients! 
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit The World’s Healthiest Foods.
Homemade stuffing in a bowl
10-Minute Homemade Stuffing

Stuffing is one of the centerpiece dishes of any Thanksgiving dinner, but it can take a while to make. How does ten minutes sound? And no, this stuffing doesn’t come from a box! You’ll need half a loaf of bread, butter, onions, garlic and some spices. First melt your butter and add in the garlic and onions. Mix in the herbs and spices and bring everything to a boil. Then you simply stir in the cubes of bread, taking care not to over-mix. If you’re not careful, this could turn into mush! The original poster suggests that you could also cook this stuffing in the oven.
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit Mindfully Frugal Mom.
Cranberry sauce in a white bowl with a spoon next to it
15-Minute Double Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is often made fun of and portrayed as retaining the shape of the can in which it came. But this cranberry sauce is a bit classier. For this recipe, you’ll need both fresh/frozen cranberries and dried cranberries. You’ll also need pomegranate juice and a few other ingredients for additional seasoning. This recipe is very easy to make in just 15 to 20 minutes. Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and let it simmer. Cook the sauce until the skins of the cranberries begin to burst. Serve as desired and I guarantee your guests won’t be making fun of your cranberry sauce!
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit Better Homes and Gardens.
Golden brown dinner rolls separated into three sections that can be pulled apart
30-Minute Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

The photos in this original blog post are making my mouth water! These dinner rolls look positively scrumptious and they only take about 30 minutes to make. For this recipe, you’ll need all the regular ingredients for making a bread dough — everything is detailed in the original blog post. The dough does need to rise, so this might be a recipe to get started before your guests arrive. The rolls only take about 10-13 minutes to cook in the oven, though. The finished product looks absolutely delicious and your guests are sure to love them.
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit The Mother Huddle.
Baked apples in a single-serving dish with granola and yogurt
20-Minute Apple Crumble

Every Thanksgiving meal needs a dessert. And this dessert’s prep time is just 20 minutes! For this apple crumble dessert, you’ll need some apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, granola and yogurt called lebneh. Heat up the butter and apples, and then add in some of the other ingredients. Once the apples are cooked, you’ll assemble each portion of the crumble. Add some lebneh yogurt to your serving dishes, then spoon in the apples and granola. The apples can be cooked in advance, and then added to each serving dish later. 
For more information on this Thanksgiving recipe, visit Food & Wine.

Credits: Tummy Treasure, The World's Healthiest Foods, Mindfully Frugal Mom, Better Homes and Gardens, The Mother Huddle, and Food & Wine.

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