20 Easy Holiday Sides

Just 3 weeks until Thanksgiving!  Are you excited?  I’m excited.  I’m so excited that my menu has been finalized for well over a week, my shopping lists are done, and a few things have even been purchased already.  I’ve even made my chicken stock/broth and it’s in the freezer, ready to go.

I’ve been told that I don’t approach my holiday meal the same other people do and have even been called “anal” in how I organize my meal planning.  I’m okay with that, though.  I’d rather plan things out ahead of time and be less stressed the day of.  I’m a frazzled cook so the easier I can make it on myself, the better!

This year, it’s a little harder, though.  I’ve been in a funk lately which is why there hasn’t been that much activity.  Some days, the thought of cooking after work just makes me want to cry which is especially sad because I *love* cooking.  Mr. O has been a HUGE help, though, and is happy to be allowed in the kitchen more often.

With Thanksgiving approaching, though, it’s forcing me to think more about the things I am thankful for rather than the stresses that are eating away at me.  And planning my T-Day meal is helping with that!

Below are some of my favorite recipes that I think would good additions to a holiday feast, whether it be this one or the ones that will follow over the next couple of months.  I’m going to put a star (*) next to the ones that I am actually making for Thanksgiving myself.

In the Atlanta area and wanna come over for dinner?  Just let me know. 🙂  I’m serious!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese *


Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potatoes


Simple Mashed Potatoes * (just the potatoes from this post)


Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese


Vegetable Rice Pilaf


Apple Cider Braised Cabbage


Cheesy Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower


Cheesy Corn & Red Peppers


Crispy Baked Mushrooms


Crunchy Baked Green Beans


Crunchy Roasted Sugar Snap Peas


Gingered Peas & Carrots


Ginger-glazed Carrots


Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes


Pan-seared Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms *


Roasted Broccoli *


Rustic Mushroom Tart


Broccoli Salad


Sweet Pea Salad


Vegetable & Couscous Salad with Lemon-Lime Dressing


Bonus #1

Here are the desserts I am making for Turkey Day 🙂

Apple Cake


and, of course,

Bacon Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Bonus #2

We had a costume contest at work for Halloween and I got 2nd place as

The Evil-Fairy-Step-Queen 🙂


I look dorky (dorkier?) when I try to look evil and mean 🙂


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