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10 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes Without Oven


HPreparing a hearty meal with tons of side dishes where the center dish drives the oven for hours may sound like a cooking challenge from a culinary contest, but no, it’s just Thanksgiving. It can feel like a race to get everything on the table before everyone starts to hang around.

You know what can help? There are a few recipes available without having to put something in the oven. Non-baked Thanksgiving foods are a real lifesaver as they allow you to continue meal prep while your bird is in the oven; do not waste time. It includes foods you might not expect, like stewed sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts. You can even make pumpkin pie without an oven. Check out the recipes below for no-bake Thanksgiving dishes as you plan your holiday meals. Talk about something to be grateful for.

No Bake Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Without an Oven

1. Cranberry Sauce

cranberry dip
Photo: Dwell By Michelle

Dip is a food that usually requires no cooking. This cranberry-walnut is dairy-free and is great to enjoy as an app with crackers or along with turkey at a meal. Blended cashews make it rich and creamy.

Get the recipe: Cranberry dip

2. Black-eyed bean hummus

black-eyed bean hummus
Photo: Food Heaven Made Easy

The black-eyed pea appetizer is another dipping you’ll have at home alongside sweet potatoes, rolls, and chickpeas. It also took all five minutes to make. If getting the holiday meal on the table is taking longer than you think, you can always serve this dip along with some veggies for everyone to snack on while they wait.

Get the recipe: Black-eyed Beans Appetizer

3. Green bean tahini

no-baking thanksgiving party
Photo: Cicadas Eat and Cook

Serving your chickpeas with creamy mushroom soup and crispy French onions isn’t the only way to serve them. Instead of baking in the oven, this green bean dish is made on the stovetop. Tahini, chives, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and a dash of maple syrup are all mixed into the mix for maximum flavor. You can still add french fries if you want.

Get the recipe: Green Bean Tahini

4. Devil Eggs

devil eggs
Photo: Live, Eat, Learn

Devil’s eggs are another Thanksgiving classic that’s cooked on the stovetop instead of the oven. In this recipe, the mayonnaise is replaced with Greek yogurt. You’ll still need your Dijon mustard, though—without it it’s going to be spooky!

Get the recipe: Devil’s Egg

5. Instant stewed sweet potato

Sweet potato casserole
Photo: The Spruce Eats

Thanksgiving is a hand-in-hand situation. That means you’ll be using all of your kitchen tools, including the Instant Pot. One dish that is usually cooked in the oven but you can use your IP instead is sweet potato stew. This recipe shows you how to finish it in less than an hour.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

6. Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce
Photo: The Healthy Family and Home

Okay, so putting a box-shaped cranberry sauce mold on a plate doesn’t technically require cooking either, but you can improve your cranberry sauce game a little just by Use a blender or food processor. Besides the all-important cranberries, this recipe features apples, Medjool dates, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, and cloves. Doesn’t that sound more appealing than what’s in the box? It only took five minutes to make this “luxury” version.

Get the recipe: Cranberry Sauce

7. Cauliflower mashed potatoes

mashed potato cauliflower
Photo: A Sweet Pea Chef

If you’re looking for a cauliflower mashed potato recipe that will appeal to even the most traditional members of your extended family, this is it. Besides cruciferous vegetables, all you need to make this dish is milk substitute, garlic, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast if you want to keep the dish vegan). With a 10-minute cooking time, it’s quicker than traditional mashed potatoes—a big T-Day win.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

8. Stir-fried Brussels sprouts

Brussels cabbage
Photo: Gaby Cooking

Most people roast Brussels sprouts in the oven, but guess what, they have a delicious stir-fry flavor. This recipe takes all of 20 minutes to follow and the only ingredients other than vegetables are common cooking ingredients.

Get the recipe: Sauteed Brussels sprouts

9. Vegan Mac-and-Cheese in the Instant Pot

vegan mac-and-cheese
Photo: Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

Hopefully you haven’t put your Instant Pot away because this is another perfect time to use it. The recipe calls for all vegan ingredients to be enjoyed by a wide range of eaters. Chili powder, onion powder, mustard powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and vegetable broth ensure that the dish does not taste too bland.

Get the recipe: Vegan Mac-and-Cheese in the Instant Pot

10. No-bake pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie
Photo: Minimalist Baker

You can even make pumpkin pie, the quintessential Thanksgiving Day dessert, without interrupting the turkey in the oven. Every part of the cake in this recipe is home made, including the crust and coconut cream. (Coconut milk needs to be chilled overnight, so plan ahead.) Bookmark this recipe so you can end your holiday meal on a sweet note.

Get the recipe: No Bake Pumpkin Pie

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