Easy Thanksgiving Recipes You Won’t Find on Pinterest

It’s that time of year to start your search for the perfect Thanksgiving dishes. Your social media will explode with the best ways to prep your turkey or spice up that stuffing. Tables will be set with the most divine décor only Pinterest can create. But, this time of year is already so much for the busy mom. We don’t have time to deep dive into the newest ways to revamp those dishes or the latest table setting. Let’s keep it simple, shall we? You can start pinning the latest and greatest, or you can check out these easy Thanksgiving recipes that will wow all your guests seated around the table.

candle and leaves on table with words written "give thanks"

The Stuffing

Traditional Cornbread Stuffing

1 lb. breakfast sausage

4 packages of cornbread

2 onion, chopped

2 green bell pepper, chopped

3-4 stalks of celery chopped

1 carton of low sodium chicken stock

1 stick of butter

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook cornbread per instructions and let cool. While the cornbread is cooling, cook the sausage and drain. Next, cook the veggies in butter until soft. Pro tip: look for these veggies pre-cut at your local grocery store.

Crumble the cornbreads in a large bowl then add sausage and veggies. Mix thoroughly. Once these ingredients are fully mixed, pour in chicken stock until moist (roughly 3/4 of the carton).  Season with salt and pepper.

Spread in a 9×13 pan and warm in the oven. If needed, add the remaining chicken stock before serving. You can also freeze or refrigerate until needed. You can then warm in the oven before serving then moisten with the chicken stock.

The Corn

Corn Cake

1 15 oz. can creamed corn

1 15 oz. can whole corn

8 oz. sour cream

2 eggs

1/2 Cup butter

2 Tbsp. Sugar

1 8.5 oz. package of corn muffin mix

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Grease a 9×13 pan and pour in mixture. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and rolls on a table

The Salad

Broccoli Salad

1 Head of broccoli

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup diced red onion

8 cooked bacon slices

1/2 cup sunflower seeds


1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons vinegar

Stir the dressing ingredients together well. Toss it all together, add a bit salt and pepper, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Bread

Sausage Bread

1 lb. hot or mild bulk sausage

2 cups Bisquick

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup sour cream

1 beaten egg

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 small pepper each, red and green (chopped)

1/2 t. each of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder

1/2 cup chopped onion

Brown sausage and vegetables then drain.  Add cheeses, egg, and seasonings. Make batter of Bisquick, milk, and sour cream. Gently stir sausage mixture into batter. Put in greased 9 x 12 (dark) pan.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes then cool and cut into squares. Note: this dish also serves a great breakfast option!

table setting with burlap table runner

The Dessert

Pumpkin Supreme

1 can pumpkin

1 can evaporated milk

4 eggs

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 tsp of cloves

1 tsp of ginger

1 tsp of cinnamon


Mix all of the above ingredients into a bowl and pour  into a 9inch x 13 inch pan.

Sprinkle on the mixture:

One box of yellow cake and chopped pecans. Top with  1 1/2 sticks of butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

wood background with cutout letters and fall shapes that say Thankful

Moms, quit scrolling, saving, and pinning. These non-Pinterest easy Thanksgiving recipes are meant for simplicity not to mention they are tried and true dishes your guests will love. Forget the changes to the traditional foods we love each year and stick to what we know – feeding the bellies of those we love most. And keeping it simple for the chef who does it all.

Happy Thanksgiving, Houston Moms!


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Kim R. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is a Texan now! She graduated from Texas A&M University {Whoop!} in 1999 and moved back to Houston to start her high school teaching/school counseling career. That Houston move resulted in meeting a cute next door neighbor at her apartment complex who later became her husband. Kim and that cute neighbor moved to the Cypress in 2005 where they now raise Griffin {October 2008} and Emmy {August 2013}. Life has had some hardships, and Kim is open to sharing her story of enduring grief and encouraging moms to take care of their mental health. Her other passions include reading all the books, watching reruns of Friends, sweating it out at Orangetheory Fitness, and a good margarita. Kim also believes in working hard to make each day better than the one before. Read more on her blog – alwaysanewdayblog.com.


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