This year I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately my boyfriend won’t be coming along with me because he’s been asked to work on the holiday. Of course, I’m of the opinion that everyone deserves to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, so I had the idea to make him a pre-Thanksgiving dinner before I leave for my trip.
Now, making Thanksgiving dinner for two is no easy task…or so I thought. Thanks to some great new products that are available in the frozen and dairy aisles, I was able to come up with an amazing dinner in less than half an hour!
I don’t know about you, but a Thanksgiving must-have in my book is sweet potato casserole. Good thing you can find mashed sweet potatoes right by the refrigerated mashed potatoes. As a bonus, the one I picked up even had the yummy spices mixed in! All I had to do was put it in a saucepan, heat it up, and stir in the marshmallows (’cause we love marshmallows!)
Most people already know about the wide variety of frozen veggies you can find in the freezer aisle. There’s everything from butternut squash to corn, carrots, peas, potatoes, green beans, and more! But, did you know that you can buy pre-seasoned veggies? Some of the ones that caught my eye were honey-glazed carrots, creamy corn in butter sauce, and green bean casserole – and they come in different sizes, so you can make just enough for 2 or 8!
Now, just because I was only cooking for two doesn’t mean you can’t take some of these shortcuts for your whole family. There’s a whole lot of things to do on Thanksgiving! Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to spend a whole day in the kitchen? After all, Thanksgiving is really all about giving thanks and spending time with family and friends. Using some shortcut ingredients will make it a little bit easier for you to do just that! Besides, you can still use shortcut ingredients and make something totally homemade – you just add in your own seasonings and mix-ins!
Like, how about serving Thanksgiving dinner with a side of these Parmesan Garlic Rolls? Yes, they start out from refrigerated bread sticks, but they end up even tastier when you add butter, garlic, and a couple of other ingredients. (And they’re ready in just 20 minutes!)
And who can forget about the holiday pies? There’s a bunch of great pies in the freezer case that you can just thaw before eating, or pop in the oven for a short time before diving in. If you like making your desserts from scratch, then you can always check out some of these easier dessert recipes, like our Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Have you checked out some of the other “Holiday Helpers” we’ve been featuring this month? There are some great ideas and shortcut recipes that’ll make your holiday easier. You can also find more easy Thanksgiving recipes at Easy Home Meals.
Do you take any shortcuts on Thanksgiving dinner?
What do you do to make cooking easier?