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3 Fresh, Easy Thanksgiving Sides You Can Make in Under 15 Minutes

3 Fresh and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
Image source: Elizabeth Stark

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is the time to bring your culinary A-game. From a perfectly roasted turkey to knock-out stuffing to the creamiest mashed potatoes on earth, now is the time for your best Thanksgiving recipes to shine.

But over the years, I’ve noticed something. Balancing all that great food is hard. And no matter how much planing or prep I’ve put into the meal, a few dishes just have to come together at the (very) last minute. The good news is that, as long as you’re ready, last-minute dishes can be totally cool.

3 Fresh and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
Image Source: Elizabeth Stark

This Thanksgiving, choose your culinary battles with a few spectacular recipes and then whip up these three fresh, easy sides and call it a day.

Here are three easy Thanksgiving sides that can be made in under 15 minutes. Unlike many Thanksgiving standards, these buttery maple-glazed carrot coins and smoky sautéed Brussels sprouts are not cooked within an inch of their life and will lend a little texture and color to the table. There’s also an incredibly simple spiced cranberry sauce that can be made in minutes and keeps beautifully. For added convenience, make the cranberry sauce ahead of time and keep in the fridge.

3 Fresh and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
Image Source: Elizabeth Stark

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Serves: 6
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups trimmed, halved Brussels sprouts
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk to combine the Worcestershire and soy sauce with the apple cider vinegar.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, and then the Brussels sprouts. Sauté over medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Add Worcestershire mixture, stir, and sauté over medium-high heat for 4 – 5 minutes more.
  3. When sprouts are fork tender, turn heat to high and sauté for 1 minute more, just until the edges have caramelized. Finish with sea salt and black pepper to taste.

 

3 Fresh and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
Image Source: Elizabeth Stark

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Serves: 6
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 carrots peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch coins
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mandarin or orange zest
  • mandarin or orange sections for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and, when melted, toss in the carrots. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Cover and leave carrots undisturbed for 4 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk to combine the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Remove cover from carrots, shake pan, and pour in the maple syrup mixture. Replace cover, and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes, or until glaze has thickened and carrots are tender. Add citrus zest and adjust salt levels as needed.
  4. Spoon carrots, as well as any of the glaze, into a bowl, toss with citrus segments, and serve.
3 Fresh and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
Image Source: Elizabeth Stark

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Serves: 6 – 8
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tart apple, cored and sliced thin
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch each of sea salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pick over cranberries.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes, stirring often. When cranberries start to burst, remove from heat.
  3. Spoon sauce into a serving bowl and set aside to cool. Sauce will thicken considerably as it cools.
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