Thanksgiving in an instant

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I am one who goes nuts preparing the Thanksgiving meal. The husband and I start discussing menu options and food themes months in advance of the big day. Just recently I got to wondering what the last-minute planners do when they are supposed to contribute a dish to the meal. I thought it would be fun to look at recipe options for the last second contributor.

I totally busted out laughing when one of the first search results I received for “quick Thanksgiving recipes” was Jell-O. That is awesome and truly couldn’t be easier to make.


Deviled Eggs: These seem like the simplest, overly quaint items to bring, but absolutely EVERYONE loves them. And more often than not, they are gone before everyone even gets one.

Sugar Coated Pecans: I know when I make this one my little girl will be in heaven. She’s already checked with me three times to make sure I’m going to bake a pecan pie for the big day. Now, I can make her even happier with a sugar coated pecan snack too.

Cheesy Dip: Here’s one for my son. And he gave it the name. This couldn’t be easier and no matter the theme, corn chips and cheese dip will always fit on the table. Be sure you get some because there is never any left over.


Fresh Green Beans or Asparagus: I love either of these with the big bird. To cook these all I do is add a ¼ cup of water, a tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper in the bottom of a sauté pan with the beans or asparagus on top. I then simmer the water the vegetables until they are of desired consistency. Crispier for the husband, floppier for me.

Yams: This one is so easy when you start with canned yams. All of the peeling and chopping is done for you. I like this recipe for its inclusion of gingersnap cookies.

Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce: This really is a quick and easy thing to make. A few years ago my sister and I realized we had an extra bag of cranberries so we looked up a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce and found one similar to this, but that uses canned mandarin oranges. It was an afterthought and last minute thing and it was a hit. We’ve been making it every year since.

Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger: I absolutely love carrots prepared any way and this recipe looks amazing. My son and I will be fighting over the whole dish between us and no one else will get any.

Cheddar and Sage Biscuits: Yes the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls will do in a pinch, but you’ll surprise and amaze everyone with your culinary talents by making this simple biscuit. It will taste like you really know your way around your kitchen even if you only use is to warm up canned soup.


Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding: I wish I’d never come across this recipe. It looks amazing and I’m sure I’ll eat at least half by myself.

Gale Gand’s Sugar-Dusted Vanilla Ricotta Fritters: Or this one either. Where have these recipes been all my life? My Thanksgiving extravaganza is definitely going to benefit from my ‘quick recipe’ research.

Apples with dipping caramel: You will instantly win over every single kid at your dinner when you pull out the apples and dipping caramel. They’ll be beside themselves and won’t have to whine about not liking pumpkin pie and eat only whipped cream for dessert.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday cooking and feasting with family and friends.

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Is a west coast gal who has settled down in Colorado. She loves to write, cook and play outdoors. If you don’t find her at work, she’ll probably be out riding her bicycle, at the pool with her kids or curled up on her couch with her face buried in a book.

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