Thanksgiving: it’s the one day a year you can put on your fat pants and let them live up to their name. For those of us who prefer to be the Joey Tribbiani of the group eating all the food, and not the Monica Geller slaving away in the kitchen, it’s probably not the best idea to show up empty-handed. And no, a bottle of wine doesn’t count. I mean, it totally does…as long as it comes with a side dish. So if you wanna step up your game from opening a can of cranberries, check out this list of classics and newbies to try out this holiday season!
THE “I HAVE 42 KIDS AND A CROCK POT”
Whether you’re an exhausted mommy vina, or a busy boss babe, the crock pot is the hero you need. Throw it together the night before and grab it on your way out the door! Check out these no-nonsense recipes and let the crock pot do the rest: Crock Pot Cornbread, Crock Pot Potatoes Au Gratin.
THE “I’M FEELING BOLD THIS YEAR”
Brussels sprouts have gotten a pretty bad rap over the decades, but they’re totally making a comeback this year. With a little roasting and a sprinkle of honey your friends and family won’t believe you when you tell them they’re eating mini balls of cabbage. Try one of these recipes for a new spin on getting your greens: Roasted Fall Brussels Mix, or Honey Roasted Balsamic Brussels.
THE “IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT”
Unless you’re hosting, or were specifically asked to bring the turkey, potatoes, or stuffing, you should probably steer clear of the staples to avoid duplicates. But fear not! There are plenty of side dishes that will totally steal the show at your gathering this year. Like the underappreciated yet totally deserving Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows, or this Creamy Green Bean Casserole…wait for it…from scratch! That’s right, no cans + all fresh ingredients = the only way to go.
THE “TWIST ON A CLASSIC”
Everybody loves pumpkin and apple pie, but why wait for dessert when you can have it as an appetizer that goes great with a little football and some cider? Pumpkin Fluff Dip and Fruit Salsa (or Apple Pie Dip) are two delicious dishes that work great as a pre-gamer, or an after dinner refresher. Pair with graham crackers, gingerbread cookies, cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, or any of your favorite snacks!
THE “PASTA GOES WITH EVERYTHING”
Everybody loves pasta, don’t question me on this. Whether it’s classic Kraft mac and cheese, or a sun-dried tomato bisque over rotini and spinach. Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to try your hand at a Crisp Autumn Pasta Salad, or a creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna. Bonus: you get to keep the leftovers!
Top any of these recipes off with your favorite bottle of wine, a jug of apple cider, or a pot of pumpkin spice! And don’t forget to bring your vinas!
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