Easy Thanksgiving Recipes for the Practical Cook

Cooking for Thanksgiving can sometimes be so hectic and harassing that all the fun from getting together is spoiled. The best thing to do to prevent holiday spoilers is to find easy Thanksgiving recipes that the practical cook can whip up without slaving over a stove for a whole day.

Just think; by settling for easy to prepare Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll have more time to take care of other details such as your guest list, tables, chairs, utensils, and others. If you plan to throw a large Thanksgiving get-together for the family, renting tables and chairs would be to most feasible solution. However, you can just purchase wholesale linens for the tables. It’s a better option since you can use and reuse the table linens each time you host a party.

Now we go to the recipes that would be the hands down stars of your Thanksgiving dinner.

Easy Baked Turkey

You can still have traditional turkey without punishing yourself. Here is one of those easy thanksgiving recipes for turkey that you can cook without the usual hassle.

Ingredients:

1 (12 pound) whole turkey

3/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon ground sage

A pinch of dried basil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups water

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Clean turkey and place in a roasting pan with a lid. Discard giblets.
  3. Combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Apply the mixture to the outside of the turkey.
  5. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
  6. Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F.
  7. Remove turkey from oven, and let stand for about 30 minutes before carving.

Spinach Casserole

Of course, a Thanksgiving spread is not complete without a vegetable dish. Here is one of those easy thanksgiving recipes that won’t have you tied to the stove for hours.

Ingredients:

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Procedure:

  1. Thaw spinach and squeeze water out.
  2. Soften cream cheese.
  3. Combine spinach, cream cheese, and seasoning salt in a bowl.
  4. Mix well and spoon evenly into 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

Cornbread in a Hurry

Here is an easy cornbread to help you keep up tradition without missing the rest that holidays should provide.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cornmeal

2 1/2 cups milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Procedure:

  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the cornmeal mixture, eggs, and oil until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.

Baked Macaroni

Some families serve baked macaroni as part of their Thanksgiving menu. This is not at all a bad idea because baked macaroni is a popular comfort food that should go well with the comfort of being around family.

Ingredients:

8 ounces elbow macaroni

8 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup milk

salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook the pasta uncovered, in a pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.
  3. Drain pasta well, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the processed cheese cubes, Cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Mix the cracker crumbs with the butter, and sprinkle over the casserole.
  5. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 30 minutes; remove foil and bake until crumbs are golden brown, 5 to 10 more minutes.

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What Would You Pick?

Let’s say you’re getting married and you’re currently choosing the songs for your wedding. What songs would you pick? Would you rather have recorded songs playing in the background during the reception or would you rather have a live band playing your favorite songs?

If you were to ask me, these songs would be on my list:

  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  • A Thousand Years (Part 2) by Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee
  • All of Me by John Legend
  • The Last Time by Eric Bennet
  • Your Love by Jim Brickman
  • I Do (Cherish You) by 98 Degrees
  • This I Promise You by N’Sync

My list would be longer, but since I don’t have the privilege of time right now, I’d stick to those seven choices. However, I would love a live band to play all of the songs even if it means me buying all the musical instruments. LOL

Incidentally, I just saw this ad for a music store: To place your order, call us toll-free at 800-449-9128. I think this is an awesome idea for busy people, since they can just browse the store’s online catalog and order by phone.

So now I’m back to my original question, which wedding songs will you pick?

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Challenges

Recently, different “challenges” went viral, the most famous of which was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge meant to raise awareness about the disease while simultaneously raising funds for ALS-related research.

After that, several mini challenges went viral, on Facebook no less. Here are some of those:

  • Book List Challenge
  • Movie Challenge
  • Music/Song Challenge
  • Gratitude Challenge

The challenges were presented as memes, and I must admit that I enjoyed partaking on the Book List and Movie Challenges. Both challenges brought me back in time, back to the days when memes were something most bloggers looked forward to every week. Some of the memes I remember and regularly participated in are:

  • Music Monday
  • Boggle Me Tuesday
  • Wordless Wednesday
  • Girl Talk (Thursdays)
  • Pink Fridays
  • Crazy over Purple Saturdays (I hosted this!)

Hmm. I know there’s more, as I remember joining memes for every day of the week. I can’t seem to remember the meme for Sunday, though.

I know this is wishful thinking, but I do hope someone comes up with the wonderful idea of reviving those memes.

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