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November 29, 2022

20 Easy Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

As fall gives way to winters, the crisp air boasts a ring of joy. The holidays are here! 

And so is the mood for fun, festivity and food. While we all love to indulge in scrumptious delights, holidays have a stressful streak for the designated chefs in the family. Most of their day goes in cooking meals, and even more in preparing to cook those meals.

So, this Thanksgiving, we, at Nymble, thought of curating a list of make-ahead recipes for you. This way, you can prepare a few dishes (or at least, parts of those dishes) beforehand; and save time and energy to enjoy the day with your loved ones.

Go through the list and pick your favorites for the dinner menu.

The Highlight of the Dinner: Turkey

We can collectively agree that roasting turkey takes up the maximum oven time on Thanksgiving Day. So, wouldn't it be best if there was a way to do it beforehand? Well, good news! Turkey can be roasted, carved and refrigerated for over 2 weeks. And don't worry, it will fill your house with the same Turkey-day aroma when reheated.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Culinary Hill

Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving dinner is incomplete without a side of creamy mashed potatoes. As a versatile ingredient, potato absorbs the flavors of herbs, cheese, sour cream or any other element added to it. So, this dish allows you to be creative in the way your taste buds prefer. And the best part is that mashed potatoes can be made 3-5 days in advance, refrigerated and baked at the time of serving. Add a little milk on top while reheating and savor the delight of tater being cooked to softness.

Read the complete recipe here

Recipe by All Recipes

Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Risotto

Nothing spells autumn like a fresh serving of warm risotto. So, bring this comfort food for celebration at this Festival of Plenty with this make-ahead pumpkin bacon recipe. 

Just prep the vegetables, rice and meat the night before so that all that’s left is an assembly at the time of serving. Top the dish with flurry crumbly cheese to bring out the best!

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food Network

A Nymble Twist For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

We, at Nymble, love to help our readers have scrumptious delicacies with little effort. What if we tell you that you can go a step further to relieve all kinds of stress from your kitchen environment? How is that? – By getting a private cooking robot to take care of your everyday eating. While prepping and cooking Thanksgiving recipes beforehand makes for a stress-free lunch, Nymble further reduces your efforts by cooking for you. Kitchen technology has made significant strides over the years to simplify various cooking processes. We at Nymble, recognized the need to automate the process of cooking in itself, since people are busier than ever before, and often resort to an unhealthy diet in the process. But at the same time, we chose to empower users to make their own decisions; by providing a step-by-step prep guide, customizing, curating, tracking and reviewing all meals made by the cooking robot. You can access 500+ ready-to-eat recipes, spanning every cuisine and diet, and essentially exercise control over your daily meals unlike ever envisioned before.

Make Ahead Sausage Stuffing

Sausage, celery, bread and broth: this protean stuffing levels up your basic cornbread and anticipation for this holiday season. All its components can be individually prepped and frozen for Turkey Day so that you have the dish to savor at whim.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food Network

Cheddar Broccoli

Cheese and Broccoli is not only a savory appetizer but also a pleasant side dish. It delightfully complements turkey gravy on your dinner table. And that too, with little time and effort! Cut up some broccoli and keep your cheesy sauce prepared beforehand so that ten minutes of assembly time leads to the plat du jour of the evening.

Find the complete recipe here.

Thanksgiving Special Wild Rice

Your Turkey Day table is incomplete without this herby wild rice. Sauteed leeks add an affable sweet flavor to this nutritious bowl making it the most delectable during dinner. So, let your taste buds run wild with this leek rice pilaf recipe.

Read the complete recipe here.

Oyster Stuffing

Since we are talking about enlivening the austere cornbread, why not go a little out of the ordinary with this oyster stuffing? With its smooth texture, sweetish flavor and creamy aftertaste, the oyster base complements the fluffy loaf like no other element. This dish can stay put in the refrigerator for over 3 days without any trouble.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food Network

Mac n Cheese

Although commonplace, buttery creamy macaroni is a rich selection for Turkey day. And what better than the flexibility of experimenting with traditional seasonings? So, boil some mac in advance and watch this one-pot recipe come to life within minutes.

Find the complete recipe here.

Mac n' Cheese by Nymble

Pumpkin Pie

A slice of pumpkin pie topped with a generous tranche of whipped cream is all that is needed to ensure a lovely Thanksgiving. This spiced dessert can easily last up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Just make your regular pumpkin pie, place it in a thin disposable container and refrigerate it for a few hours before transferring it to the deep freezer. Remember to transfer it back to the refrigerator the night before Thanksgiving and cool it at room temperature for 2-3 hours. This method of complete freezing and slow thawing ensures a soft play-doh texture. So, a little care and you have a wholesome pumpkin pie!

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Must Love Home

Maple Syrup Roasted Brussels Sprouts

While both Brussels sprouts and maple syrup have sharp flavors, this recipe adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the ingredients. Pepper seasoning and vinegar further tone down the tartness while chopped chestnut topping makes Brussels sprouts more Thanksgiving-y than it already is. 

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food and Wine

Butternut Squash Soup

This one is for our vegan readers. 

The best part about making butternut squash soup a day before Thanksgiving is that this makes it even more delicious. The flavors get more time to blend in so that butternut squash, fall herbs and broth all lead to nutritiously rich deliciousness. Make the soup in vegetable stock instead of chicken and make your vegan relatives proud.

Find the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Ahead of Thyme

Stuffed Bella Mushroom

Stuffed Bella mushrooms make for great Thanksgiving appetizers. Their cheesy filling and savory textures leave you craving more. So, fill some mushrooms 3-5 days beforehand and refrigerate them in airtight containers. On Turkey Day, all you need to do is roast/fry them and your hors d'oeuvre is ready

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Delish

Caramelized Onion Green Beans

Jazz up your regular green beans this Thanksgiving with some caramelized onion. This sweet, buttery, peppery dish takes less than 30 minutes combined to prep and cook. Simmer the beans and prepare caramelized onions a day before Thanksgiving. Just stir-fry them for a few minutes before serving.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food Network

Lemon Garlic Kale Salad

A salad is a must for any hearty meal and what better way to welcome the fall than kale? This lemon garlic kale salad helps nullify all the feelings of guilt about cheating on the diet with starch and fat. Cut the greens and prepare the dressing beforehand so that you can quickly assemble and serve to your guests when the time comes.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by NY Times Cooking

One Pot Turkey Tuscan Soup

Why start your three-course Thanksgiving dinner with a regular soup when you can have this scrumptious turkey Tuscan pasta soup? Made with turkey flesh, simmered in chicken broth and topped with fresh basil, this bowlful of goodness will surely give you another reason to be thankful. So, make it fresh the day before Thanksgiving and serve it hot.

Read the complete recipe here.

Sweet Potato Souffle

Think it is hard to make a healthier Thanksgiving without compromising on taste and feel? Bet we can prove you wrong! Replace the regular mashed potatoes with this sweet potato souffle. Cheesy, starchy and rich in nutrition: this accompaniment might as well be the star of the table.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by Food Network

Cranberry Sauce

If there is one thing that sets the mood with the littlest effort, it is the cranberry sauce aka the Turkey Day dip. It is strange how something as simple as cranberries and sugar sauce makes such a difference to a meal. Hence, a special mention to this Thanksgiving Day delight!

Just boil some sugar and cranberries in water till the latter burst. You might also add blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg or orange zest to balance cranberries’ natural tartness. Not to mention, the sauce can be easily prepared and refrigerated.

Read the complete recipe here

Recipe by All Recipes

New-Fashioned Apple Crisp 

Believe it or not, it is our same old apple pie in a new avatar. Embrace it with all the delight and savor the sweet crumbly joy that oozes with each bite.

Read the complete recipe here.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

This recipe has our childhood whooshing up with just the aroma! Crumbly gingersnap crust harmonizes with sweet-sour creamy filling, only to be heightened by flowing caramel sauce.

Read the complete recipe here.

Corn Maque Choux

Well, if you were waiting for a traditional corn recipe, you will be glad to know that we saved the best for the last. Chef Melody's corn maque choux brings authentic southern flavors to your table this Thanksgiving. Flavored with Creole seasonings and served with bacon, this dish takes less than thirty minutes to prep and another fifteen to reheat and serve.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe by All Recipes

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. It is about the appreciation we must show for all things plentiful; it is about us pausing and sharing the joy of bounty with souls around us. We hope that we added an element of joy to your festivity. Happy Thanksgiving!

How does Nymble make everyday eating easier?

While this make-ahead recipe guide brings you closer to stress-free Thanksgiving, Nymble goes a step further. The private kitchen chef ‘does’ the actual cooking for you. You just need to select the Thanksgiving meal of your choice and put the prepped ingredients in the right compartments. It will cook while you can commit to other chores. Not only does Nymble have 500+ nutritional recipes, from every cuisine, designed for many different diets; it also lets you customize, curate, review and track your own recipes. A highly efficient pre-cooking meal-prep plan, plus a private cooking robot in your kitchen, is indubitably the best cooking solution there is.

To conclude, with this expansive meal-prep guide, we will leave you with some pointers to gloss over that summarizes this article succinctly. Keep these tips in mind, you may even copy these to your notepads to serve as a reminder to get started on your meal-prep journey.

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