Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and share the bounty of the season, and of course to give thanks for what we have. It usually involves a big meal complete with all the seasonal favorites like turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately a big production of a meal usually requires the chef to spend most of their time in the kitchen, which almost makes it impossible to spend that quality holiday time with friends and family.

This year, cut down on the work without skimping on flavor with these 6 recipes that are sure to create the perfect holiday meal with half the effort!

 

1. Carrot and Ginger Soup

Start your meal off with something different and impress your guests while you’re at it! Serve this warm carrot and ginger soup as the starter to your Thanksgiving meal for ultimate elegance and class. Your guests will think you slaved away in the kitchen all day, but this easy recipe can actually be done ahead of time (even the day before) and reheated just before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh chopped dill for a presentation that’s sure to wow your holiday guests.
Carrot and Ginger Soup

Source: Taste

2. Spiced Turkey Breast

One of the most difficult and time consuming parts of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. You do the math, calculating how many hours of cooking time per pound and then stress all day long, hoping that it will turn out just right. Thankfully, you can still have your turkey and eat it too…with half the work of course. This recipe makes use of succulent turkey breast rather than a whole bird. Simply mix up the spice rum and coat the top of the breast, once cooked, the spice rub will form a delicious crust that is sure to surprise and delight your dinner guests.

Spiced Turkey

Source: Food Network

3. Crunchy Green Beans with Stuffing

This easy recipe combines the two favorites of green beans and stuffing into one delicious dish. While it might look fancy, there are some serious time saving shortcuts in this recipe like using frozen french cut green beans and prepared stuffing mix. Believe us, after just one bite you’re guests won’t even know the difference! Combine frozen beans with melted butter, diced onion and sweet dried cranberries for a pop of color. Prepare stuffing mix as directed and spoon over the beans. Bake as directed and prepare to let the compliments roll in!

green beans

Source: Kraft Canada

4. Slow Cooker Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

The standard mashed potatoes are great, but usually require a lot of last minute prep which is exactly the time when you don’t need to be messing around with butter, milk, and cheese over a hot stove. The beauty of this dish is that all the prep is done ahead of time and the slow cooker does the rest! Combine sliced potatoes with onion, garlic, cream cheese, shredded cheddar and milk. After about 3-4 hours you’ll have the perfect creamy, cheesy scalloped potato dish without even touching the stove.

Scalloped-Potatoes

Source: Get Crocked

5. Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

You can’t get much easier than this beautiful dish of baked acorn squash with brown sugar. Squash of all varieties are in abundance around the Thanksgiving holiday so pay a special tribute to Fall by including them in your menu this year. With a simple brush of melted butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper, these little acorn squash bake up sweet, tender and also look beautiful on your holiday table.

baked acorn squash

Source: Martha Stewart

6. Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

What Thanksgiving meal is complete without a little pumpkin? Break from the tradition of the standard pumpkin pie and offer your guests a slice of this creamy, dreamy pumpkin cheesecake. This beautiful make-ahead dessert uses crushed ginger cookies to form a spicy crunchy crust while the sweetness and warmth of the pumpkin and spices just screams “It’s Fall!” Top with a spoonful of maple whipped cream and you have the perfect finish to a perfectly easy (and impressive) Thanksgiving meal.

pumpkin-swirl-cheesecake

Source: Kraft Canada

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