5 easy Thanksgiving recipes your family will love you for

While we love spending time with our loved ones on Thanksgiving, lets be honest; most of us are really excited for the food. Thanksgiving break is a well deserved breather from school and not all of us want to spend an entire day cooking. In that case, here are some simple recipes you can contribute to your Thanksgiving feast.


Orange Cranberry Sauce  

This is a nice twist on the Thanksgiving classic
Courtesy of Once Upon A Chef
This is a nice twist on the Thanksgiving classic

Servings: 2 cups

Time: 15 Mintues


  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, from one orange
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) bag fresh or frozen cranberries (do not use dried)
  • Zest of one orange, about 2 teaspoons
  • Pinch salt


  1. Boil orange juice, water, and sugar to boil in medium sauce pan
  2. Add cranberries, orange, zest, and salt
  3. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 10 minutes until the cranberries have burst open


Golden Macaroni and Cheese 

Macaroni and cheese is always a family favorite
Courtesy of Southern Living
Macaroni and cheese is always a family favorite

Servings: 8


  • 1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked macaroni)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 (10-ounce) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 1/2 cups) and divided*
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs (4 slices, crusts removed)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


  1. Cook macaroni according to directions
  2. Put milk, flour, and onion salt in a quart jar, cover tightly, and shake for 1 minute.
  3. Stir together flour mixture, 3 1/2 cups cheese, and macaroni.
  4. Pour macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish or 2 (11-inch) oval baking dishes. Sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter.
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown.


Cheesy Mashed Potatoes 

Mashed Potatoes are an easy way to contribute to your Thanksgiving meal
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Mashed Potatoes are an easy way to contribute to your Thanksgiving meal

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by an inch
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to simmer
  3. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain.
  4. Return the potatoes to the pot and add the butter, milk and some salt and pepper
  5. Mash the potatoes
  6. Fold the cheese into the mash and stir to melt.

Pear- Walnut Salad with Artisan Blue Cheese

Consider making salad as healthy and quick option
Courtesy of Food
Consider making salad as healthy and quick option

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 Minutes



  1. Toss the greens with the pears in a salad bowl
  2. In a small non-reactive bowl, combine the honey and lemon juice
  3. Pour the dressing over the the greens and pears and toss
  4. Arrange the salad on individual salad plates
  5. Garnish with the walnuts and bleu cheese


Cranberry Cobbler

Thanksgiving is not complete without dessert
Courtesy of Martha Stewart
Thanksgiving is not complete without dessert

Serving: 8

Prep Time: 55 Minutes


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries, partially thawed if frozen
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg


  1. Reheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Stir together cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and egg, then whisk in butter. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture until combined.
  5. Pour batter into skillet and scatter cranberries on top.
  6. Bake until center springs back when lightly touched, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving