Relax and enjoy the holiday this year with inexpensive, make-ahead, easy Thanksgiving recipes.
This year, rather than being tethered to the kitchen, spend time with your friends and family at Thanksgiving. We've made
it easy for you to be the "hostess with the mostess" and still cook a delicious feast; just follow our easy Thanksgiving recipes
filled with make-ahead dishes and time saving tips.
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Cost per serving: 43¢
To roast the red peppers for this dip yourself, place peppers under the broiler and "sweat" them for 10 minutes in a paper bag.
See recipe: Garlicky Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Cost per serving: $1.85
This light-tasting spinach salad gets its great fall flavor from oven roasted carrots and pecans, which can be made ahead to save time.
See recipe: Spinach, Roasted Carrot and Radicchio Salad
Cost per serving: $1.78
We've taken the mystery out of roasting the perfectly moist and delicious bird with this easy-to-follow recipe. Not sure how big your turkey should be? Check out our "turkey expert" guide.
See recipe: Thyme-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Gravy
Cost per serving: $1.79
Traditional stuffing gets an Italian twist with the inclusion of fennel and sweet Italian sausage in this recipe. If you prefer something sweeter, try using cranberries and chestnuts instead.
See recipe: Sausage-and-Fennel Stuffing
Cost per serving: 53¢
You can make this sauce up to a week ahead of time, just cover and refrigerate. For best results, cook the sauce slowly over low heat, and keep your eye on it. Because of the sugar and fruit, this sauce can burn easily if neglected.
See recipe: Cranberry–Apple Cider Sauce
Cost per serving: $1.91
Cook this grown-up take on sweet potato casserole in steps rather than all at once to give yourself a little breathing room.
See recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole with Pears and Marshmallows
Cost per serving: $1.12
Frozen cranberry ice cubes are a pretty touch to this festive drink and can be made a week ahead. If you're short on time, just use regular ice cubes.
See recipe: Cranberry Punch
Cost per serving: 76¢
Don't stress if you can't find canned pumpkin for this cake, sweet potato puree is a great substitute. Use the same amount as you would pumpkin, and follow the rest of the recipe as written. Be sure to use 100 percent pure sweet potato puree, not candied yams, which make the cake too sweet.
See recipe: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake