3 Thanksgiving Recipes to Try (No Culinary Expertise Required)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you know what that means… FOOD. As someone who is a proponent of all things tasty and has referred to mashed potatoes as her “best friend” on more than one occasion, you might say I enjoy a good Thanksgiving meal. However, as what I can only assume is fate’s cruel joke, I have never been much of a cook (i.e. still growing my eyebrows back from last Thanksgiving). SO! For this year’s Friendsgiving, I have prepared myself with the easiest, most delicious, and Thanksgiving dishes. Read on for a fool-proof step-by-step guide to great grub for your Gobble Gobble Day.


GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE – Approx. 20 minutes, Serves 6





  • 2 cans (1 lb. each) green beans, drained
  • 1 can (10¾ oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 can (2.8 oz.) French fried onions
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  1. Combine green beans, milk, mushroom soup, pepper and ½ can of fried onions and pour into ½ quart microwaveable dish
  2. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 8-10 minutes (turn and stir halfway through)
  3. Top with remaining fried onions
  4. Microwave uncovered on HIGH for 1 minute



CRANBERRY-GLAZED SWEET POTATOES – Approx. 30 minutes, Serves 8




  • 6 medium peeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 lbs.)
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • Orange rind (optional)
  1. Microwave potatoes in a covered 2-quart casserole dish on HIGH for 10 minutes or until tender
  2. Combine sugar, margarine, OJ, and salt in a 2-cup glass and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes (stirring every minute)
  3. Add mixture to cranberry sauce and potatoes, toss gently
  4. Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes or until heated through (baste in sauce twice during cooking)
  5. Garnish with orange rind


PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE MUG CAKES – Approx. 7 minutes, Serves 2



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  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons brewed espresso coffee, or very strong coffee, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup pancake mix
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground Cinnamon
  1. Add melted butter, egg, espresso, and pumpkin to small bowl and whisk
  2. Add sugar, pancake mix, pumpkin pie spice and salt to mixture and mix until incorporated (may be lumpy)
  3. Divide batter between 2 microwavable mugs and microwave uncovered on HIGH for 2 minutes
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon

…and enjoy! You are now officially ready for Thanksgiving, no matter who you spend it with or where you celebrate. Be sure to sign up for our Thank U Sweepstakes and let us know why you’re thankful for your education! Enter here: http://bnc.pgtb.me/v9dV8f


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