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19 Easy Thanksgiving Sides Made in 30 Minutes or Less


Hosting Thanksgiving for friends and family can be really overwhelming. Not only is there a large number of mouths to feed, but there is an entire menu to put together, complete with enough options for said large number of mouths -- and let's not forget all those eating preferences. It's just too much! The good news is that there are incredible recipes that take a short amount of time, many of which can be made ahead.  

Some family and friends may offer to bring something to the table to help alleviate the stress of cooking for a big group. And that's where this list also comes in handy.

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Send them one of these choices ... or two ... without guilt. These recipes not only take a short amount of time, but many also have simple instructions and few ingredients. Side dishes have never seemed more complex and delicious and yet so simple to make. There are meat and vegan options, too. 

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Thirty minutes goes by fast -- and no folks want to spend all their time prepping and cooking without enjoying the company of loved ones at the Thanksgiving table. This year, these quick sides dishes are the answer to entertaining and feasting the right way without sacrificing taste.


1Sauteed Spinach With Garlic and Lemon

Add some more greens to the table with this simple yet delicious Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon recipe from Martha Stewart. It tastes really delicious in the same mouthful with stuffing. Plus, the leftovers are amazing on a turkey sandwich.


2Honey Butter Creamy Skillet Corn

Creamy corn is a must -- and this Honey Butter Creamy Skillet Corn recipe by Together As Family is supreme. Honey mixed with cream cheese and butter make this dish sweet so you can reduce the amount of honey used to suit your taste.


3Massaged Kale and Avocado Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

With all the hot dishes on the table, balance it out with something cold. We love this Massaged Kale and Avocado Salad with Pumpkin Seeds recipe by Savory Lotus. The avocado is smashed and coats the kale. Dress with a simple lemon, salt, and pepper mix and the Thanksgiving table just got healthier without sacrificing deliciousness.


4Fresh Corn Salad

Corn salad isn't just for summer and BBQs and this Fresh Corn Salad from Barefoot Contessa adds the perfect zing to a Thanksgiving table. The cold crisp corn is the star of this side dish, but the basil, onion, and cider vinegar gives it a memorable punch. (Fresh corn optional, of course. We won't tell if you use frozen or canned.)

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5Turnips With Garlicky Breadcrumbs and Parmesan

Panko breadcrumbs make all the difference in this Turnips with Garlicky Breadcrumbs and Parmesan dish from Bon Appetit. They love Japanese hakurei turnips if you can find them, but this sweet dish comes alive with the garlic, lemon, parsley, and Parmesan sprinkle not matter what kind of turnips you use.


6Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Minimalist Baker's Vegan Green Bean Casserole recipe takes 30 minutes total with prep and cooktime. The crispy fried onions are the perfect topper and almond milk gives it a really great taste.


7Green Peas and Mushrooms

When you add in portobello mushrooms to peas with onions, the taste is just perfect. Plus, it's a super quick side dish -- following this Green Peas and Mushroom recipe from Paula Deen. You can also add garlic or bacon to take it to a whole other level.


8Garlic Roasted Beets

This is Laura Prepon's recipe for Garlic Roasted Beets as seen on The Rachael Ray Show and they are as colorful as they are tasty. With just 25 minutes of roasting time, these beets are perfect for your bountiful Thanksgiving table.


9Leeks in Vinaigrette

While it is a classic, when was the last time you made leeks? For many of us, it was a long time ago. Bon Appetit's Leeks in Vinaigrette recipe calls for mustard, thyme, and vinegar. It can be made a day ahead as well, which gives you more time to tend to day of prep.


10Quick & Easy Drop Biscuits

Not all biscuits take a long time -- these Quick and Easy Drop Biscuits from Serious Eats are also called "Emergency Biscuits" because they take 25 minutes and use five basic ingredients. However, may we suggest adding one teaspoon of fresh rosemary to the recipe to take it to next level savory.


11Creamy Mashed Parmesan Cauliflower

Kirbie's Cravings' Mashed Parmesan Cauliflower is the perfect low carb alternative to traditional mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving. It's ultra creamy and cheesy and comes together in less than 30 minutes.


13Light Turkey Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

For an easy-to-make and serve Thanksgiving holiday side, try this savory Light Turkey Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms recipe with lean ground turkey from Shady Brook Farms. Takes just about a half hour.


15Fresh Cranberry Sauce

The Lean Green Bean's Fresh Cranberry Sauce is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Ready in just 15 minutes, it is full of flavor and tastes great on turkey. Use the leftovers to top your sandwiches, oatmeal, and more!


16Honey Roasted Carrots With Thyme

These Honey Roasted Carrots With Thyme from Feed Me Phoebe are truly nature's candy! A little honey and a trip to the oven brings out the natural sweetness of this versatile vegetable. No marshmallow required.


17Cast Iron Cornbread

Consider guests with gluten and other food intolerances with this Cast Iron Cornbread recipe by Not From a Packet Mix. It bakes in just 25 minutes and will go fast! Consider making two for a larger group.


18Sautéed Asparagus With Mint & Lemon

SoulBeet's Sauteed Asparagus With Mint and Lemon is a quick, fresh side dish that comes together in minutes. Add a little green to your Thanksgiving meal!

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