Thanksgiving Made Easy

With Thanksgiving only days away, grocery stores are about to get inundated with last minute shoppers. It’s important to stay organized. Create lists. Do your diligence to research recipes and find old family recipes that compliment your new ones. Check your pantry and fridge for necessary ingredients and finish it off with a supermarket sweep of all the remaining ingredients.

But do not, DO NOT go to the grocery the day before Thanksgiving!

Not unless you want to self-induce a myocardial infarction or anerysm. If you HAVE to go anywhere the day before, go to Publix. Shopping truly is a pleasure there the day before Thanksgiving, because their employees work their fannies off to provide the best quality customer service to assist shoppers in finding that blessed bottle of Karo syrup or canned cranberry sauce.

If you are in a pinch this Thanksgiving or at a loss for what recipes you should use, here are a few of my personal favorites for this year…

Fried Turkey Breast
(Bobby Flay)

Photo credit: Food Network

I saw this turkey featured in an episode of The Bobby and Damaris Show that was aired this year. So much more manageable than a full-on turkey. It’s like why do we even roast a turkey when we could just fry it and have it ready in no time flat?!?! I’m at a loss for words. This recipe is a MUST!

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Oat Streusel
(Ambitious Kitchen)

Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Okay, everything that Ambitious Kitchen makes is pure gold. And this Sweet Potato Casserole looks so tantalizing. I personally have not recipe tested this one, but I haven’t had any mishaps with her recipes in the past, and don’t believe this recipe is any exception to that rule. I MEAN PECAN STREUSEL SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE! Did heaven just come down to earth?!? I desperately want to try this recipe and so should you!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
(Pioneer Woman)

Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond has so many tried and true recipes for big crowds, and this is definitely one of them. Her regular Mashed Potatoes are great, but these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes take that recipe to another level of DELISH. If you aren’t a mashed potato fan (which I’m sincerely sorry for your loss if you are and will be praying for your heart and soul fervently), then bypass this recipe and skip ahead. But if your family loves a good starch, this recipe is an answer to prayer. Roasted Garlic, butter, cream cheese, and half & half are the secret ingredients to this fabulous Pioneer Woman favorite.

Vegan Creamed Greens
(The Baking Fairy)

Photo credit: The Baking Fairy

As a fellow PA food blogger, this girl is my soul sister. Not only does she kill it in the kitchen with fabulous baking recipes, she is also a kick butt vegan baker. This recipe is no exception. She calls for spinach, kale, and chard which gives the dish an extra dose of variety in flavor profiles. I love when bloggers try to healthify a recipe and create a dish that is less guilt-inducing. Check out this recipe and many others, including her Vegan Green Bean Casserole and Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole. Your family won’t even know the difference!

Slow Cooker Pear and Sausage Stuffing
(Pinch of Yum)

Photo credit: Pinch of Yum

First off, this recipe is made in a crockpot which means it’s easy peasy and all God’s people said AMEN! With the tartness of the pear and the savory of the sausage, this is a great winner winner turkey dinner addition. If you have four hours and a crockpot, this recipe is for you. I love Pinch of Yum’s recipes and this one in particular is a collab with Jones Dairy Farm. Check it out ASAP!

Cheddar Biscuits
(Against All Grain)

Photo credit: Against All Grain

Danielle Walker is the cook and blogger behind “Against All Grain.” She promotes the Whole30 lifestyle and has an extensive library of recipes that are all Whole30-approved. These cheddar biscuits are gluten-free by using arrowroot powder, almond flour, and coconut flour as the base. With a generous dab of whipped ghee, these biscuits would be gone in 10 seconds flat at our Thanksgiving feast.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars
(Ambitious Kitchen)

Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

I recently made these for an engagement party a couple weeks ago, because it was starting to be that time of year where people request pumpkin anything and EVERYTHING. But lemme just say, these bars were dope. You cannot even tell that they are gluten-free and the recipe barely calls for any sugar yet they are perfectly sweet and satisfying. And because most people aren’t huge pumpkin pie eaters anyway, a bar is a great alternative to get that taste of pumpkin without eating an entire slice. These would be an easy addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Well folks, hope this roundup of recipes will get your through the familial frenzy that is Thanksgiving. Have a blessed day celebrating hearts of gratitude, love, and tradition.

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