Thanksgiving preparation can be both exciting and exhausting. This lovely holiday is a chance for us to share a meal with those we love and take a moment to give thanks for everything we have. To prevent draining dinner preparations we have found some incredibly easy recipes! We’ll cover recipes that range from sauces, appetizers, side dishes, and even desserts. What makes these recipes so easy is that they all require 5-ingredients or less! You’ll love the shorter shopping list and the easier preparation too. Now, let’s get cooking!

1. Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a must-have item at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Even if you don’t love it someone at your table definitely will. Ditch the store-bought cans and make a homemade version.

It’s sweet, and delicious and is easy to put together. You’ll need only 3 ingredients for this recipe. These include oranges, fresh cranberries, and sugar. If you like to save yourself time, you could even create the cranberry sauce the night before and let it sit in the fridge until the big feast! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DAMN DELICIOUS

2. Easy 4-Ingredient Turkey Gravy

Right next to cranberry sauce, you’re definitely going to need a savory gravy to pair with the Thanksgiving meal. This turkey gravy is so easy and only requires 4 ingredients, one of which is the turkey drippings. However, if you don’t have enough drippings, don’t fret you can use chicken stock too!

The turkey drippings will hold enough flavor that the only other seasoning you’ll need is a bit of salt and pepper. It’s thick, creamy and everyone will drown their plates in it. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: 12 TOMATOES

3. 5-Ingredient Dinner Rolls

I mean, you could go to the store and buy store-bought dinner rolls, but there’s something about homemade that is a lot more satisfying to make and to eat.

On the chance that you’re feeling adventurous and want to create your own dinner rolls for Thanksgiving make sure you try this recipe. This no yeast recipe is incredibly easy and only requires 5 ingredients PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRAFTSY

4. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Creating epic side dishes is key to making a memorable Thanksgiving feast. To start you’ll want to whip up these easy garlic parmesan roasted broccoli florets.

You’ll need just 4 ingredients, broccoli, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. They’ll roast on a sheet pan and will be perfectly cooked in just 15 minutes. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BUSY BAKER


5. 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole

This 5-ingredient corn casserole is next to impossible to mess up! Essentially how it works is you take the 5 simple ingredients, mix them together, and transfer to a greased baking pan.

This dish is like corn muffins and creamed corn meet each other and morph into one exciting bite. Once you try it, it’ll surely become a new traditional Thanksgiving dish. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTES OF LIZZY T

6. Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash might seem basic but trust us, it needs to be on your Thanksgiving table. It’s so easy and the oven does all the work for you!

I love how simple this recipe is. There are no fancy seasonings or instructions all you need is a dash of salt and pepper, a bit of EVO, and a baking sheet. Once cooked, serve the fluffy baked squash with a dollop of butter. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE HEALTHY FOODIE

7. Honey Roasted Carrots

Including a variety of vegetables with your Thanksgiving spread is important to pleasing multiple palates. For another enticing veggie side dish make sure to make these honey roasted carrots.

They’re a lot more exciting than ordinary roasted carrots and are effortless to make. All you’ll need for this recipe is sliced carrots, olive oil, honey, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SALT AND LAVENDER

8. 3-Ingredient Cheesy Potato Casserole

This cheesy potato casserole is unlike any mashed potato dish you’ve had before. It’s so easy you’ll only 3 ingredients. This recipe also has a convenient make-ahead option that will make your Thanksgiving prep that much easier.

First, you’ll boil the potatoes until their tender and then you’ll peel off the skins. Once cooled you’ll use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes. Mix with the other two ingredients and you’ll have yourself a creamy cheesy casserole quickly. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE SEASONED MOM


9. 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Fritters

Roasted butternut squash isn’t for everyone. With that said get creative and enjoy a fall harvest vegetable such as squash in a new and unique way.

These butternut squash fritters so delicious everyone at your dinner table will gobble them up. To make the fritters you’ll combine shredded butternut squash with egg, flour, and a few seasonings. They cook on the stove which means they won’t take up precious space in the oven. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SKINNY MS

10. Green Bean Casserole

If green bean casserole isn’t a staple dish at your Thanksgiving dinner then you need to make it one. It’s creamy from the sauce and crunchy from the beans and fried onions.

Unfortunately, many green bean casseroles have a long ingredient list but thankfully we have found a simple recipe that requires just 4 ingredients! It’s so easy it only takes 5 minutes to prep and you’ll have this dish made quickly! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BETTY CROCKER

11. Lemon And Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are awesome because this cutting technique allows all the flavors to seep into each layer of the potato. These mini roasted potatoes are thriving in flavor and texture.

They’re seasoned with a melted butter, bold lemon, and fragrant rosemary. They’re also crunchy and tender on the outside and soft on the inside, what is not to like? PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JUST EASY RECIPES

12. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Searching for healthier side dishes? Then this recipe has your name on it. This simple recipe combines flavors of cinnamon and pure maple syrup and turns it into a drool-worthy glaze.

To roast the sweet potatoes you’ll first want to cut them into cubes and cook in the oven on a sheet pan. That’s the kind of simple we need in our lives. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JOY FOOD SUNSHINE


13. 5-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken And Stuffing

This recipe puts a fun spin on traditional stuffing. It is conveniently made in the slow cooker and only calls for 5-ingredients.

To build the layers in the crockpot you’ll begin with boneless chicken breasts. Then you’ll add shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup, and then finish by sprinkling stove top stuffing mix. This would be a great option if you’re opting out of a turkey this year or even in addition to the big bird! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSPIRATIONAL MOMMA

14. No-Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Spice Pudding Pie

Dessert is an important part of the big Thanksgiving meal. We have found a couple desserts that are not only easy but are also only 5-ingredients.

To start we’re sharing a no-bake recipe. It has exciting layers and a creamy pudding filling that everyone will love. The pumpkin spice flavors would be a lovely way to end your Thanksgiving dinner. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TOGETHER AS FAMILY

15. Easy 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

Secondly, we’re sharing a classic pumpkin pie recipe. Unlike some other recipes, this one is extremely simple and you’ll only need 5 ingredients.

To save time, effort and ingredients you’ll use a store-bought pie crust. Then, for the filling, all you’ll need is canned pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. This dessert will come together effortlessly and will be a crowd favorite. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVING WELL SPENDING LESS

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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