Happy Friendsgiving

It’s like Thanksgiving, but with less stress and family drama (and awkward political conversations). Instead of killing yourself as you attempt to carve a full turkey, try some of these cheaper, easier recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers. 

Butternut Squash Macaroni Skillet (The Merchant Baker)

Cooking in a skillet is almost always a breeze. To mix it up, try making something unexpected! This macaroni skillet looks delicious, and the recipe sounds totally doable for a small kitchen and minimal cooking skills (because be honest, we can’t all be Paula Dean).

Get the full recipe here on the Merchant Baker website!

On her favorite Thanksgiving dish: “I love aaaalll the wonderful choices we have at Thanksgiving! But I really look forward to two things: stuffing and pumpkin pie.”

 Photo from The Merchant Baker

Photo from The Merchant Baker

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Closet Cooking)

Cooking in a cramped kitchen with next-to-no counter space seems daunting, but this blog makes it easy! You don’t have to have eight million ingredients out at one time to make this hot dip, which looks just as good as one you’d find on a restaurant appetizer menu.

Check out how to make it here on the Closet Cooking blog!

 Photo from Closet Cooking

Photo from Closet Cooking

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie (5 Boys Baker)

Remember what we said about skillets? Well, why not make your main dish in one! Everyone loves cozy chicken pot pie, and it’s classic enough to feel like a true grandma-approved Thanksgiving dish.

Find the full recipe here on the 5 Boys Baker blog!

On her favorite Thanksgiving dish: “It’s so hard to narrow down my favorite thing to eat during Thanksgiving, but I’d probably say cranberry salad and cranberry muffins with butter sauce (both family favorites since I was a kid and both recipes are on my site).”

 Photo from 5 Boys Baker

Photo from 5 Boys Baker

Cheesy Bacon Green Bean Casserole (Picky Palate)

Green bean casserole is a classic, but this revamped version might be your new go-to. You can’t go wrong with any dish that includes cheese and bacon. If you already love green bean casserole (hear hear!), try this simple but unique version.

Check out the ingredients and steps here on the Picky Palate website!

On her favorite Thanksgiving dish: “My favorite thing to eat during Thanksgiving is the Stuffing!!”

 Photo from Picky Palate

Photo from Picky Palate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Good Dinner Mom)

Ah, the grand finale of all fall meals. Even better than a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are the perfect mix of sweetness and spice.  Don’t buy grocery store muffins when you can make them in your own kitchen.

Get the complete recipe here on the Good Dinner Mom website!

On her favorite Thanksgiving dish: “I love everything and anything that's made fresh and homemade but during Thanksgiving, I'm all about the great side dish options. I make green bean casserole 100% from scratch right down to the sauce and it's amazing. I'm also a big fan of baked/candied yams for the holiday. And Thanksgiving wouldn't be thanksgiving without stuffing! I haven't tried a fresh stuffing recipe that I could turn down.”

 Photo from Good Dinner Mom

Photo from Good Dinner Mom