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13 delicious Thanksgiving recipes with only 3 ingredients each

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes With Only 3 Ingredients Each
Posted at 10:51 PM, Nov 16, 2015

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Maybe you’re busy, maybe you’re on a budget, or maybe you just don’t care to go all out with an elaborate dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever the reason, these super-easy Thanksgiving recipes with only three ingredients each have you covered: They’re easy to make, but will taste like you spent hours making them.

All of the flavor and none of the time? Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

You can find a little bit of everything in this Thanksgiving round-up: main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, and even desserts. Check out some of our favorite three-ingredient recipes to work into your spread.

1. Stuffed Mini Peppers

Hot peppers stuffed with garlic and herb goat cheese and honey will make for one sweet and spicy appetizer. Perhaps the best part is they only need 10 minutes of oven time, which is valuable real estate on Thanksgiving! Get the full recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

Mini bell peppers stuffed with cheese

2. Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

All you need for this appetizer are biscuits, cheese and butter. My three favorite ingredients! The recipe calls for blue cheese but if you’re not into that, just swap it out with another variety. The recipe can be found at Gathered Living. It’s a snap.

Cheese-topped pull-apart monkey bread on plate

3. Scratch Cranberry Sauce

Impress the older relatives by proving you can make some legit cranberry sauce. An orange, some cranberries and sugar combine for the easiest cranberry sauce you’ll ever make. Get the recipe from Home Cooking Memories.

Traditional cranberry sauce in black cast-iron skillet

4. Butternut Squash Soup

This hearty winter soup is beyond easy to make and quite fitting for a Thanksgiving feast warmup. Get the recipe from The Skinny Chicks Cookbook.

Butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed and fresh butternut squash

5. Roasted Cauliflower

Sprinkle some cauliflower with olive oil and cheese, roast in the oven for a few minutes, and you’ve got yourself one delicious Thanksgiving side. Get the recipe from Steamy Kitchen.

Cauliflower and cheese gratin in the baking dish closeup

6. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake

Cake mix, pumpkin and butter are all you need to throw in the slow cooker for this hassle-free dessert — freeing up your oven for other foods! Get the recipe from Willow Bird Baking here.

Full Frame Shot Of Brown Cake

7. Pumpkin Pie Dip

If you’re looking for a dip for pretzels or cookies, this light and creamy pumpkin pie dip is a perfect option. Get this simple recipe from Mother Thyme.

Pumpkin dip with cinnamon

8. Parmesan Baked Zucchini

Baked zucchini tossed with ranch dressing and Parmesan cheese sounds like my kind of side dish. Get the full, keto-friendly recipe from Hidden Valley.

Baked zucchini with parmesan

9. Cranberry Brie Bites

‘Tis the season for cranberries, right? Might as well add some cheese and puff pastry from the freezer to them to make them even more tasty. Get the recipe at Two Twenty One, where the writer recommends whipping these up on the morning after Thanksgiving or even the night of the dinner.

Holiday puff pastry appetizers with cranberries and baked brie.

10. Crock-Pot Ham

Let’s be honest, turkey is often just so-so. With this easy recipe, ham, pineapples and brown sugar combine in the slow cooker for one deliciously sweet meat option that will earn raves this Thanksgiving. Get the recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats.

Traditional Whole Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple

11. Sweet Cheese Spread

Cream cheese, caramel sauce and toffee bits come together for one delightfully fall-themed cheese spread. Serve with apples, and this appetizer won’t disappoint. Get the recipe from She Wears Many Hats.

12. Turkey Gravy

Turkey drippings, butter and flour are all you need to make a killer Thanksgiving gravy. Get the recipe from I Heart Naptime.

Homemade gravy in a sauce dish with turkey

13. Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash tastes amazing when it’s fresh from the oven, and even better with maple flavor (but that’s completely optional!). Get the recipe from PopSugar.


Here’s to the easiest Thanksgiving you’ll ever have! Now, you can spend less time cooking and more time eating because isn’t that what you’d rather be doing anyway?

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