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5 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to Try This Year

5 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to Try This Year

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Thanksgiving is a time to relax, kick back and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. You can’t do that if you’re stressing over the meal. If it’s your turn to cook this year, here are 5 pretty simple recipe ideas to inspire you!

1. Herb Roasted Carrots

Carrots work really well as a side dish for any Thanksgiving meal. When you roast carrots, you bring out their natural sweetness. Adding herbs gives them more zest. 

We like how this recipe’s really simple to make and looks super pretty on the dinner table. It’s also a great way to use any cilantro or parsley you’ve been growing in your smart indoor garden.

Herb-roasted carrots

Image: cookinglight.com


  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided 
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces

Get instructions here.

Recipe credit: Robin Bashinsky / cookinglight.com 

2. Thyme Roasted Turkey

Seasoning your turkey can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time preparing it. Too much or too little seasoning can ruin the overall taste. 

With this recipe, you have a simple option that’s bound to impress your guests. The best part? It only requires 5 ingredients!

Thyme roasted turkey

Image: tasteofhome.com


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)

Get instructions here.

Recipe credit: Alma Winberry / tasteofhome.com

3. Basil Cranberry Sauce

Many cranberry sauces contain spices but this one throws the rule book out of the window. It boasts some strong herbal undertones. If you’re a fan of basil, you’ll enjoy this perfect compliment for your turkey. 

Basil is super easy to grow in your Click & Grow indoor garden which makes this recipe all the more appealing.

Basil cranberry sauce

Image: foodrepublic.com


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 small handful basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 large piece Orange peel

Get instructions here.

Recipe credit: foodrepublic.com 

4. Herbed Green Beans

Green beans are perfect for brightening the flavor of your Thanksgiving meal. Herbed green beans go above and beyond regular green beans. 

The best thing about this recipe is you can use as many herbs as you want. So, if you’ve been wondering what to do with your leftover Click & Grow herbs, use them here!

Herbed green beans

Image: Oxmoor House


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Get instructions here.

Recipe credit: Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection / myrecipes.com

5. Corn with Fresh Herbs

This recipe transforms ordinary corn into something remarkable. The taste of fresh parsley, chives and thyme makes this dish so moreish and the ideal compliment for any hot meal.

Corn with fresh herbs

Image: pillsbury.com


  • 3 bags (12 oz each) frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Get instructions here.

Recipe credit: pillsbury.com

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whatever your plans may be, we hope your holiday is as peaceful and relaxing as possible. 

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