Thanksgiving Recipes for Noncooks

All the cooking and basting that comes with preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be pretty intimidating for some. If you're a novice chef but you still want to enjoy Thanksgiving, look to these recipes the require minimal skill but result in classic tastes.

1. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

It's no question that the turkey is the most intimidating part of Thanksgiving. It's the turkey: the mascot of Thanksgiving. Throw fear out the window this year and make your turkey in the slow cooker like with this recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker. And don't forget about the gravy!

2. Traditional Bread Stuffing

No Thanksgiving table is complete without the stuffing. This recipe for Traditional Bread Stuffing from Valerie's Kitchen has easy-to-follow steps with photos to show you just how to make stuffing for dinner this Thanksgiving. Pull out the slow cooker for this one!

3. Creamy Cheese Slow Cooker Potatoes

Who knew mashed potatoes could be made in a slow cooker? Creamy Cheese Slow Cooker Potatoes from Celebrating Sweets are going to be your go-to potatoes every Thanksgiving. And you won't believe the secret ingredient that makes these potatoes so flavorful!

4. Easy Garlic Herb Parmesan Pull-Apart Biscuits

There's no need to knead when it comes to these biscuits from From Valerie's Kitchen. In fact, this recipe only requires five ingredients total! Your Thanksgiving dinner roll just got really easy.

5. 15-Minute Green Beans and Bacon

Time is the one thing we need more of when preparing for a big holiday meal. After the 15 minutes it takes to make this green beans dish from Iowa Girl Eats, you're going to have plenty of time to relax and watch the big game!

6. Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Sugar Butternut Squash

Chop a few ingredients, then toss them into your slow cooker and you're ready to cook this Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Sugar Butternut Squash from The Magical Slow Cooker! You don't even need to stir it until it's done. Just turn on the slow cooker, and let it go to work.

7. Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving staple. And this recipe is easily made in the slow cooker. Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce from Peas and Crayons gets a makeover with the addition of strawberries, apples, and lime.

8. Honey-Glazed Carrots

Honey-Glazed Carrots from Cravings of a Lunatic are brightly colored and have the perfect touch of sweetness for your Thanksgiving menu. With only a 10-minute prep time, you'll have extra time to work on other parts of the meal.

9. Easy Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars

Skip the pie crust and go for these Easy Apple Cinnamon Pie Bars from Noshing with the Nolands! It's apple pie without all the time and hassle. These bars are a Thanksgiving crowd-pleaser.

10. Pumpkin Spice Krispy Treats

Why bake your dessert when you can use the microwave? The tasty fall treat  Pumpkin Spice Krispy Treats from Cupcake Diaries feature the flavors of pumpkin spice, marshmallow, and white chocolate. Prepare them the day before, and pull them out when it's time to serve!

11. Easy Cranberry Fluff

Thanksgiving recipes don't have to be complicated to be delicious. That's why this Cranberry Fluff dessert salad from Mom On Timeout is so perfect! It's pretty, it's tasty, and it takes about five minutes to make.

More Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Watch as we carve a turkey for Thanksgiving or another special dinner. We help you separate the light meat from the dark meat so you get the most out of your holiday bird.


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