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Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving is around the corner and it wouldn’t feel like Thanksgiving without some savory side dishes and desserts to accompany your turkey. Pressed on time? A slow cooker will make your holiday planning effortless. Browse through these easy Thanksgiving recipes and start planning your Turkey Day menu.


Cauliflower Mash

If you want to indulge this Thanksgiving without the guilt, this cauliflower mash recipe is a great, healthy alternative to the classic mashed potato side.


PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 6 hours



  • 1 head of cauliflower

  • 3 cups water

  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • Milk (if needed)

  • Salt and pepper



Cut the cauliflower into florets and place in the slow cooker.

Add in the water, garlic cloves, salt and bay leaf.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.

Remove the garlic cloves and bay leaf. Drain the water.

Add in the butter and let it melt.

Use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower.

If it looks dry, add milk, as needed, one tablespoon at a time.

Add salt and pepper to taste.


Optional: Serve with chives or green onions.


Sweet Potato Casserole

This delicious and traditional sweet potato casserole is perfectly sweet for your Thanksgiving feast. This year, skip the oven and get your casserole ready while you get dressed up for your celebration.


PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 4 hours



  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes (mid-large size) 

  • ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 2 Eggs 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

  • ⅓ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter (softened)

  • ⅓ cup finely chopped pecans

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons butter



Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water for 45 minutes to an hour or until tender. Let them cool to touch. Peel and mash.

Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and ½ cup butter (softened) and beat at medium speed in your mixer until smooth.

Spoon into a lightly greased 3-6 qt slow cooker.

In a small bowl combine brown sugar, pecans, flour, and 2 tablespoons of butter; sprinkle mixture over casserole.

Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.


Pumpkin Pudding

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without some pumpkin. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this pudding recipe.


PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: 8 hours



  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 ounces)

  • 1 scant tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ½ cup biscuit mix

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 eggs



Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray or lightly oil the inside.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using an electric hand-held mixer at low to medium speed, beat ingredients together until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or cook on high 3 to 4 hours.

Spoon into cups and top with whipped topping.


Try a lightly spiced whipped cream for added flavor!


What are the staples dishes on your table during the holidays? Share your favorites in the comments below.