Low Stress Thanksgiving Cooking

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Low Stress Thanksgiving Cooking

Aminah Muhammad, Staff Writer

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The holidays are fast approaching and not everyone has time to put together a whole Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and multiple side dishes for all their friends and family.

Luckily, there are some quick and easy dinners that you can whip up in a flash and are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Main Dishes

A simple beef stew can be a great main dish without cramming anything into the oven. The only ingredients needed are: Boneless sirloin, flour, vegetable oil, beef stew seasoning mix, frozen veggies and water.  

It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and there’s no stress that comes along with it, check out the recipe https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/main-dishes/easy-beef-stew

If there is a crockpot in your kitchen, it’s really easy to pop in a medium sized turkey, add your seasonings, then set it and forget it. 

Just put the turkey into a greased crock pot for 5-6 hours and everyone will think you just pulled it fresh out of the oven. 

Take a look at the recipe here https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-garlic-turkey-breast/

Side Dishes

Now onto what people really look forward to: the side dishes. Whether it’s mac and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes, or fresh green vegetables, preparing them can be the hardest part.

Making every dish for one meal may seem nearly impossible, but with an oven or a slow cooker, they’re all possible and super easy to make.

Mac and cheese is a classic for any meal and boxed mac and cheese won’t always cut it. All that is needed is macaroni, milk, water, cheeses, and seasonings. Combine everything in one pot and bring to a boil and in about 10 minutes the mac and cheese will be ready.

Get the recipe here: https://onepotrecipes.com/one-pot-mac-and-cheese-recipe/

Moving on to mashed potatoes that won’t involve the unnecessary cutting and mashing. Gather whichever kind of potato of your preference, red, brown, yellow, they’ll all work for this recipe. 

The only work needed is to cut and peel the potatoes, toss them in a pot, add some cream and milk, let it simmer for 20 minutes, and they’re ready.

Here’s the link to these simple and easy mashed potatoes: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a46616/creamy-one-pot-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/

Desserts

Last but not least, there are some delicious and mouth-watering desserts your friends and family won’t be able to get enough of. Dessert is always the best for last, and nobody has all day to bake a cake or pie while cooking everything else in the kitchen.

This recipe is one of the easiest. A chocolate chip cookie skillet that is perfect to share around the dinner table. 

To start, get your favorite cookie dough and grab a skillet to evenly spread out your dough to fit. Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Top off with some cold ice cream and it’s just the right dessert to end your Thanksgiving dinner.

If cookie skillets aren’t your cup of tea, there’s always time for lemon bars that don’t take all day. The only ingredients needed is lemon bar mix and frozen crust. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Here’s the website for the recipe: https://www.rockrecipes.com/super-easy-lemon-bars/

If time is short, these are the perfect options for big or small crowds. Feel free to modify any recipe to fit dietary or personal needs. 

 

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