Countdown to Thanksgiving: Easy Recipes for the Girl (or Guy) Who Can’t Cook


My husband is an amazing cook… the kind of guy who can look in the pantry, grab a couple of things we have at home, improvise and make a delicious dish. In case you missed my post on 20 Ways My Soulmate and I are Complete Opposites, I on the other hand, do not possess any culinary skills. For me, that would be a recipe for disaster. I go to the store, grab all of the ingredients necessary for a meal, follow the recipe and still mess it up sometimes. So, needless to say, when I’m looking for a new recipe to cook, there are a couple of criteria it must meet in order for me to attempt it. 1. It must be easy. 2. It must be relatively cheap. 3. It must have a short list of ingredients. Like literally… I will Google “cheap easy healthy recipes with not a lot of ingredients”, haha! If I start seeing a teaspoon of this and a teaspoon of that… never mind!

With that being said, now that we’re considered “adults” it’s time for us to step up and bring a dish or two to Thanksgiving… or maybe you and your friends are having your own friendsgiving that you need to prepare something for. If you are that girl or that guy who is a little cooking-challenged like me, with 9 days left until Thanksgiving, here are nine easy recipes with a short list of ingredients that you can wow your friends and family with this holiday season.

1. Pumpkin Bread


This recipe from 4 You With Love is AMAZING. Not only is it delicious, but also, it only calls for three ingredients (a box of cake mix, a can of pumpkin and some spice) and costs less than $10.

2. Mashed Potatoes


The hardest part of making mashed potatoes is peeling them. Other than that, this recipe from is super simple! Potatoes, a little milk, butter, salt and pepper and voila!

3. Green Beans


So, I’m totally guilty of just buying a big can of green beans, adding a little salt and pepper and heating them up. It drives my husband crazy. He always wants to add in some chunks of meat, butter, fat, etc. But… if you want to actually take some pretty healthy, more impressive green beans to Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe from Cooking Light is the one for you. They’re quick, easy, super fresh and insanely cheap!

4. Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots



So this recipe from McCormick does call for a teaspoon of this and teaspoon of that, but it only takes five minutes of prep time, so I’d call it a winner. Plus you get to use your crockpot, so I’m a fan.

5. Thanksgiving Punch


This punch from I Heart Naptime is delectable! Serve it hot, cold or maybe even add in a little rum or champagne. Either way… virgin on not, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

6. Sweet Potato Casserole


Pillsbury has a ton of different sweet potato casserole recipes, some more extensive than others, but this one is really easy, only takes a couple of ingredients and will have you asking for more.

7. Creamed Corn


This is another easy crockpot recipe from Damn Delicious. Only 5 ingredients, only 10 minutes of prep time and it tastes SO good!!

8. Macaroni & Cheese


This is yet ANOTHER crockpot recipe… seeing a trend here? I actually am a super picky Macaroni and Cheese eater and for the holidays, only my mom’s recipe will do… which is a little more complicated than this one, but this is a really good recipe as an easier option from Pip & Ebby.

9. Pumpkin Pie


I am a lover of sweet treats and pre-made pie crusts. With a store bought crust, can of pumpkin, some milk and spice, you can create a dessert that not only tastes amazing, but also makes you seem super grown up since it didn’t come in a plastic Kroger container with the price tag still attached! Thank goodness Living Well Spending Less provided us with this glorious recipe!

A couple of other items you can cheat and pick up from the store include a can or two of cranberry sauce. Just take it out of the can, slice it up and put it on a dish to make it presentable. Crescent rolls are also one of my faves… they make you seem like you took more effort than buying a bag of rolls from the store, but at the same time, they’re really easy.

As far as the turkey, ham, dressing, etc. I’ll leave those to my mom and husband for the sake of everyone involved. I hope this makes your life a little bit easier this Thanskgiving! Let me know how it goes and if you have any easy recipes I didn’t think of, be sure to send them my way!!

C’est la vie,




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