Looking for crowd-loving Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas dinner ideas that won’t stress you out? Grab these easy appetizers, salads, mains, sides, and desserts suited for both casual and formal Thanksgiving dinner. Most of these recipes can be made-ahead and are gluten-free. There’s even a scrumptious, roasted turkey breast recipe so you can skip the whole turkey-intimidation thing! [sound of crowd cheering] Let’s do this!
20 Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinner Ideas that are Elegant and Easy…Really!
Go ahead and steal these easy Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas dinner ideas! Categories include appetizers, salads, mains, sides, and desserts. Many of these recipes can be made ahead, which makes your Thanksgiving dinner more efficient and makes YOU feel like a rockstar!
You’ll notice that many of the recipes are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan! But I’ve never had any complaints about them tasting too healthy, even though some of them…really are! That’s a BIG win in my book!
Start your holiday with the perfect breakfast! This Vegetarian Crustless Quiche is a hassle-free, low carb breakfast casserole with eggs, bell peppers, mushrooms, and your choice of leafy greens. It’s made without crust, so it's naturally gluten-free. You can even make it ahead!
This Pomegranate Cranberry Relish recipe has pomegranate and cranberries, macerated in sugar, creating a sweet and tart relish. Make cranberry relish a day or two ahead for deep flavor!
This Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is made with cream cheese, yogurt, artichokes, fresh spinach, parmesan cheese, and mayo. Bake-and-serve in a bread bowl or oven-safe dish. Once you try it, you'll be tempted to make spinach artichoke dip for every future gathering.
This White Bean Dip is an easy bean dip recipe made with cannellini beans, artichokes, fresh herbs, and (optional) feta cheese. Serve this scrumptious dip with crackers, vegetables, or bread for any occasion and watch it fly off the plate!
Smoked Salmon Dip with Greek Yogurt is an easy dip recipe made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, greek yogurt, horseradish, lemon juice, and fresh dill. Serve this salmon dip with crackers, crostini, bagels, or vegetables. It’s perfect for parties, brunch, and breakfast.
This arugula pesto recipe is made with fresh arugula, Parmesan cheese, walnuts or pine nuts, olive oil, (optional) lemon, salt, and pepper. It can be made any season of the year and served as an elegant dip or spread.
Toasted bread slices with olive oil and salt. Perfect for bruschetta!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast is a bone-in, turkey breast half, brushed with herbed butter and olive oil, and baked to perfection. This juicy number with slightly crispy skin is perfectly sized for smaller meals. Serve roast turkey breast for holiday meals or weeknight dinner!
This shaved Brussels sprout salad recipe is festive, healthy, and loaded with superfoods like kale, pomegranate, and apples. It's the perfect combo of sweet and savory with TONS of texture in every bite! It's vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays...or ANY day!
This sausage stuffing recipe is a savory holiday side dish with a hint of apple sweetness. It starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. It’s hassle-free and includes make-ahead instructions! It’s the perfect dressing for Thanksgiving, or any holiday, bringing classic flavor to your festive meal.
"This smashed potatoes recipe uses baby potatoes that are boiled, smashed, drizzled in olive oil, and baked to crispy perfection. A creamy inside and crispy outside make this potato side dish a crowd pleasure for any occasion. Enjoy crispy smashed potatoes as they are, or add toppings!
Savory Sweet Potato Salad is made with sweet potatoes, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, arugula, dried cherries, and pomegranate, in apple cider vinaigrette. This sweet potato salad is loaded with texture and flavor!
This Baked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese recipe is made with a lightened-up, butternut squash sauce. The sauce is poured over pasta noodles and is baked under crispy panko and stretchy jack cheese. The perfect holiday side dish!
Pear Cranberry Apple Crisp is a secretly healthy, vegan fruit crisp made with pears, apples, and cranberries. It's maple sweetened with a crispy, oat topping. It's so good, no one will ever suspect it's a vegan AND gluten-free apple crisp.
New Orleans-inspired EASY Bananas Foster recipe with bananas cooked in a caramel rum sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. Date night approved
Easy Chocolate Eclair Icebox Cake made with chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding, and a quick, homemade dark chocolate frosting with flecks of Kosher salt. It’s mostly sweet with tiny moments of salt, making it an irresistible icebox cake.
Sweet and salty Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters are made with toasted mixed nuts, dark chocolate, and a touch of salt. They're super easy to make and they make elegant edible gifts!"
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