Easy-to-Prepare Thanksgiving Foods and Recipes

Isabel Lopez and Valentina Arias

Give thanks to those you cherish with these Thanksgiving Recipes.

With the holidays shifting to accommodate COVID-19 friendly activities, Thanksgiving Day brings a day of gratitude and blessings from the past year. From the preparation for a thanksgiving feast, to finding out who hosts these family-friend festivities, Thanksgiving meals tend to have a huge impact on this annual holiday.  Below are delicious course meals for one to try on Nov. 26.

Main Dish or Entree:

Brown Sugar Ham

Want to try and spice up your Thanksgiving by taking turkey off your grocery shopping list? Baked Ham Glaze brings up an easy recipe on any occurence. Some ingredients for this special main dish include a large bone-in smoked ham, brown sugar, cooking brandy, whole grain mustard, cornstarch, grown cumin, coriander, allspice, cayenne pepper and salt. These unique elements construct the basis of a fabulous Baked Ham Glaze perfect for Thanksgiving. For instructions on how to bake this meal, click here.

Portobello Steaks with Pesto Aioli 

For those who want to go all out and try a new main dish for Thanksgiving, the Portobello Steak with Pesto Aioli is a vegan, nut-free, grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free meal that contains only eight ingredients. This amazing main dish includes only fruit and vegetables, but still gives a delicious flavor for everyone. The ingredients include portobello caps, balsamic vinegar, Thrive Culinary Algae Oil, tamari or soy sauce, dried oregano, plant-based mayo, plain yogurt or avocado, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh basil leaves, garlic and salt. For instructions on how to make this meal, click here.

Thanksgiving Turkey

So maybe you do enjoy the original main dish meal, the Thanksgiving Turkey. This juicy turkey consists approximately four hours with ingredients such as a 12-20 pound turkey, onion, lemon, apple, rosemary, thyme and sage. With tasty turkey, the herb butter creates flavor that stands out. This sauce consists of unsalted butter, salt, black pepper, garlic and fresh chopped herbs. As the centerpiece of Thanksgiving meals, timing guides as the most important significance for having a successful turkey. For instructions on how to cook your own Thanksgiving Turkey, click here

Side Dish:

Sweet Potato Casseroles 

Sweet Potato Casserole goes with the main dish of the night. It’s delicious streusel topping pairs well with the sweet potato. The dish has very simple steps since there are not too many ingredients to add. When making the sweet potato casserole first you need to boil the sweet potatoes until soft, then add sugar, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and salt to taste. Once well mixed, add it to a tray. And now to make the to streusel topping. To make it you need dark brown sugar, all purpose flour, butter, pecans and mini marshmallows. Stir all these ingredients in a bowl except for the marshmallows. Once it has reached the point of resemblance to a crumble, add it to the top of the sweet potato filling. Once evenly spread, add mini marshmallows on top of the crumble. Once done put it into the oven to cook. For all the measurements and steps to this delectable side dish, click here.

Homemade Mac and Cheese

This scrumptious side dish turns heads in homes. Households love it because of how versatile it can be. You can change up the spices and add different cheeses to your liking. The mac and cheese ingredients used to prepare this begin with elbow pasta, unsalted butter, all purpose flour, whole milk, half and half, cheese, salt, black pepper and paprika. To begin, start by adding the uncooked elbow pasta to salted boiling water. Cook until al dente. Then add a splash of olive oil just so it won’t all stick together. Turn a saucepan to medium heat and add the butter until melted completely. Whisk in the flour little by little. Start adding the milk and half and half. Then add a third amount of the cheese asked for. Put in the spices and stir till melted. Add the pasta with the cheese sauce. As you layer the mac and cheese into a tray, half way through sprinkle in another third of cheese and then add the remaining half of the mac and cheese. Finally top it with the remainder of the cheese. Put in the oven for 15 minutes and enjoy when done. This recipe works with many different cheeses and spices. The versatility in this dish is extravagant. For all the measurements and steps, click here.

Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

Turkey stuffing goes marvelously with Turkey. The stuffing brings out the flavor of the main dish of Thanksgiving. The ingredients used to make this consist of bread cubes, celery, onion, butter, salt, black pepper, poultry seasoning, chicken stock and eggs. Put the celery and onions in a frying pan with the butter and let them cook. Afterwards, add the bread cubes and then add the rest of the ingredients . Place the stuffing into a tray and bake it in the oven till cooked completely. This recipe pairs nicely with the Turkey. For all the measurements and steps to this amazing Turkey stuffing, click here.


Pumpkin Cheesecake 

Pumpkin cheesecake gives the sweet taste of a normal cheesecake with the sudden twist of pumpkin flavor. This cheesecake will make you not want to buy the store bought kind from the supermarkets. With the nice soft crust made out of graham cracker crumbs, unsalted butter, sugar and cinnamon matched with the filling made out of cream cheese, brown sugar, canned pumpkin pie mix, eggs, sour cream, all purpose flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt and vanilla it just ties together very well. Celebrate this holiday season with this incredible Pumpkin Cheesecake.

For all measurements and steps to this amazing dessert, click here.

Dutch Apple Pie

 Apple pie consists as a staple in many Thanksgiving feasts. This apple pie, however, differs from most since the recipe is not the same as the rest. With this apple pie the crust ingredients have all purpose flour, salt, shortening and cold water. The filling requires apples, sugar, all purpose flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. The topping needs unsalted butter, all purpose flour, brown sugar and sugar. Unlike regular pie, this pie has a different filling and has a topping to it. This pie would make a wonderful new addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. For all measurements and steps to this pie, click here.

Fluffy Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream

Fluffy pumpkin pie can change up this Thanksgiving in a good way. This pie has a big twist. Instead of it being very thick and dense it is very airy and fluffy. This dessert requires a pastry for a single crust pie. For the filling it requires marshmallows, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and salt. The marshmallows make this pie so fluffy and delightful. To accompany it you can also make a whipped cream that goes on top. The ingredients used to make the whip cream consist of heavy cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. This simple yet delicious whipped cream makes a great addition to any dessert your family serves this Thanksgiving. For measurements and steps to the fluffy pumpkin pie, click here. For the whipped cream, click here.

Although this year is quite different, one must still remember what is there around us and to appreciate the food we consume on this holiday. Gratitude and thankfulness should also lead us into refilling our minds to appreciate others for what they have done. This pandemic has brought out the worst, but also the best on how to survive from multiple obstacles. With this, these easy meals would bring a smile to anyone this Thanksgiving as one of the holidays where you appreciate others and their actions.