Life can be challenging. That is one of the reasons why I like to keep my cooking simple! I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with extended family and friends this year due to the pandemic. I will still cook dinner and include some of our favorite easy Thanksgiving side dishes.
I normally ask each person (whom I’ll be cooking for) to give me two dishes that they really want. There are usually more requests for sides than meats. I’ll still be doing that this year. We’ll just be delivering my father-in-law’s Thanksgiving dinner since we don’t want to risk his health. Below are nine of the most popular side dish requests:
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese: This recipe is hard to mess up. The only time that I ever had a “fail” with this recipe was when I bought some store brand cheeses. (My preferred cheese brands were out of stock.)
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes: This has been one of my top “comfort” foods of 2020. I might just have to cook fish to go along with it.
- Easy Roasted Asparagus Recipe With Lemon and Parmesan: This is my family’s current favorite green vegetable. My husband Reggie and I had thought that we didn’t like asparagus before I started making it recently. Maybe, we just don’t like thicker spears(?)
- Fresh String Beans with Garlic and Rosemary: I initially learned how to make this dish over an actual campfire. Thankfully, it’s just as good when cooked at home.
- Grandma Pettus’ Potato Salad: I converted the “pinch of” and “a little bit of” from Reggie’s auntie in order to create this consistently great potato salad recipe.
- Really Simple Roasted Broccoli Recipe (With Parmesan): This broccoli dish is even approved by the most “selective” eater in our home.
- Sautéed Cabbage: It’s a little smelly while it’s cooking but the taste more than makes up for it.
- Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Meat: Neiman Marcus sold frozen collard greens for $66. You can make your own for less than $20. They do take a while to prepare so I recommend cooking them a day or two before Thanksgiving.
- Sweet Potato Casserole: This is a crowd-pleaser and so easy to make. My family doesn’t like nut or marshmallow toppings but you can add whatever you like.