Cooking for two can be just as challenging as serving a feast for a dozen when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Consider these perfectly proportioned Thanksgiving recipes for two when planning a table for you and one other loved one.
1. Roasted Cranberry Brussels Sprouts
Veggies are one of the easiest ways to prep a holiday dinner for two. Great news, they’re also one of the most low-cal options. Which means…more turkey and pie for you!
This simple roasted Brussels sprouts recipe takes some of fall’s best veggie harvest, baking in a hot oven until tender and crispy. Tossed with cranberries (and even pecans!), this maple-kissed side is perfect for any holiday dinner.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
• 1 cup Brussels sprouts, halved
• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
• 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
• 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin
• Pinch of cinnamon
• Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread Brussels sprouts across the parchment. Sprinkle with garlic, drizzle with coconut oil and maple syrup. Salt and pepper lightly.
2. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice as the sprouts cook to evenly brown the edges.
3. Remove, serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of dried cranberries, if desired.
2. Herb-Roasted Turkey Thighs
Source: Wishful Chef
Don’t miss out on your yearly serving of Thanksgiving turkey. Simply scale-down your main course by going from a full-size bird to herb-roasted thighs.
3. Squash Bowl
Source: The Primal Desire
Meat-eaters, vegetarians, and paleo peeps alike will love this seasonal squash dish stuffed with turkey, apple, cranberries, and more.
4. Thanksgiving Stuffing
Source: Eating Richly
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, you’ll love this simple, budget-friendly recipe. So much so that you might end up making it all season long.
Homemade cranberry sauce might seem like a complicated endeavor, but with this simple slow cooker recipe you’ll have time to work on your other Thanksgiving dishes — or just relax!
6. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Source: Table for Two
A traditional side dish that belongs on every Thanksgiving table — no matter how big nor small.
7. Roasted Green Beans
Tender yet crisp and seasoned with garlic, these green beans are the perfect pairing for the mashed potatoes above.
Do you love a good green bean casserole recipe? Try one of these unique twists on this holiday classic! You won’t be able to resist going back for seconds.
8. Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots
Source: Damn Delicious
These honey-glazed baby carrots are nutritious and delicious! And just as good as mom used to make.
Match your baby carrots with one of these other delicious recipes for 7 hearty and healthy fall vegetables!
9. Baked Ziti
Source: A Little Bolt of Life
Divvying up this baked ziti makes it easy to enjoy as a side dish on Turkey Thursday and a main course on Black Friday.
10. Baked Yams & Sweet Potatoes
Source: Nom Nom Paleo
Already perfectly proportioned for you, baked yams and sweet potatoes are always a yummy and savory side to add to your plate.
11. Mini Apple Pies
Perfect for two, but still packed full of all the flavors of a full-size apple pie! This mini apple pie recipe is surprisingly easy to make thanks to a secret ingredient that’s probably already in your fridge.
These 7 no-bake Thanksgiving desserts are a perfect treat, too! Whip them up in no time, then enjoy for a turkey day treat. Have leftovers? Share with friends or save them for the weekend after!
It’s almost impossible to have to just one of these bite-sized, pumpkin-filled treats!