Girl, are you freaking out a little that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away?!? I have barely had time to think about it! We are staying home for the first time this year, which means I have to cook! YIKES! Thanksgiving meal prepping and planning can be so intimidating. Add to that running a business, normal mom life, and everything else going on…and I have full-blown anxiety! Luckily for us both, I have the EASIEST sides to share with you! Like, for real…you will not believe how simple it is to make them.
My Nana & Papa are staying with us temporarily, and I took full advantage of that when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal! I feel extremely blessed that three of my four grandparents are still living. My Nana & Papa recently moved in with us from Arkansas, and I want to spend every minute I can with them. The memories we’re making now will last not only us, but my kids, a lifetime.
There are some sides that I grew up with that the whole family LOVES! My Nana always made a side that we call “Company Potatoes.” They have become a staple at every big family holiday meal through the years. One year, she decided to bring something different – and not bring the Company Potatoes. As you can imagine, that didn’t go over well. We were all like, “Nana! WHERE ARE THE POTATOES?!” We may have slightly overreacted, but suffice it to say – she has never tried that again!
I asked my Nana to make a “Friendsgiving” meal with me so I could get a dry run on the real meal. She helped me make the Company Potatoes, and I added in one of my mom’s recipes and some of my own. I kept it simple, with the potatoes being our main attraction for the side. If you’re hosting Friendsgiving, or a Thanksgiving meal this year, these sides will be perfect for you to try! If you’re going to a potluck, choose one or two of them to make + take. You will be in the kitchen for less than an hour! And, trust me, your sides will be HITS!
The Company Potatoes are creamy deliciousness, mixed with sour cream and topped with lots of cheese. Don’t skimp on these. Spend your extra calories on this one, and we’ll help you save some calories on the other sides! Our other dishes consisted of Gigi’s Green Beans (my mom’s recipe), Quite Simple Broccoli & Rice Casserole, and No Bake Oatmeal Cookies. We buy a Sweet Potato Casserole and a ham from Honey Baked Ham, because they just can’t be beat! Add some rolls, and BAM, you have your meal!
Cooking in my kitchen with Nana was a hoot! We laughed so much. Of course, I didn’t have the number of pots, pans and dishes that she thought I should. I didn’t do everything just right. We both had a blast just bonding together, though. Have you ever noticed the level of bonding you have with friends and family when you’re working along side of them? I love those moments in our lives!
*A family recipe for 30 years!
5 lbs of white potatoes
16 oz cream cheese
16 oz sour cream
1 stick butter
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Peel potatoes and boil until tender
- Blend the potatoes, softened butter, cream cheese and sour cream until creamy
- Put the mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish
- Sprinkle 4 cups of cheese on top
- Cover with foil
- Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes or until cheese is completely melted on top and crusting around the edges of the pan
Gigi’s Green Beans
2 cans of cut green beans
1/4 cup sugar or stevia
1/4 white vinegar
3-4 strips of raw bacon
Combine the green beans, sugar or stevia, vinegar in an oven-safe dish. Add bacon to the top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Quite Simple Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Chopped frozen broccoli
1 can of Cheese Whiz
1 package Success 10-minute rice
- Cook the rice according to package directions
- Combine the broccoli and cheese whiz in a casserole dish
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
- Add the rice and combine
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
- Mix together first four ingredients and boil on the stove top for one minute.
- Add the oatmeal.
- Add the peanut butter, smoothing as you mix.
- Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper.
These recipes are so simple! This will allow you to spend more time with your family, and less time in the kitchen. Let me know if you try these recipes! I would love to hear from you!
Here is a picture of me and Nana with the final meal!