30-Minute Thanksgiving Sides & Meals

This month, you'll give thanks for sides that go from Thanksgiving Day to every day; fast and easy pastas; and a veggie "pizza" that's pretty enough for a party!
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This month, you'll give thanks for sides that go from Thanksgiving Day to every day; fast and easy pastas; and a veggie "pizza" that's pretty enough for a party!

Umami-Grilled Chicken Thighs or Flank Steak

Pair any of the following delicious sides with either chicken or steak for a well-rounded meal.

Umani-Grilled Chicken Thighs or Flank Steak

Umami-Grilled Chicken Thighs or Flank Steak

Pearled Farro with Hazelnuts & Greens

Farro is a hearty grain that's packed with fiber and healthy minerals. It's nutty flavor pairs well with hazelnuts and kale!

Pearled Farro with Hazelnuts & Greens

Pearled Farro with Hazelnuts & Greens

Pearled Barley & Corn Salad

A mixture of corn, jalapeno, tomatoes and herbs makes this dish look like a fiesta on a plate!

Pearled Barley & Corn Salad

Pearled Barley & Corn Salad

Almond-Cranberry-Orange Rice Pilaf

Tip: If you don't have orzo on hand, you can use 1-inch pieces of broken thin spaghetti.

Almond-Cranberry-Orange Rice Pilaf

Almond-Cranberry-Orange Rice Pilaf

Mashed Potatoes with Ricotta & Honey

Ricotta cheese adds an extra creamy texture to regular mashed potatoes. A squeeze of honey brings out all of the natural flavors.

Mashed Potatoes with Ricotta & Honey

Mashed Potatoes with Ricotta & Honey

Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizzas

Think French bread pizzas, hold the bread! For a tasty party snack or holiday meal starter, cut the zucchini into pieces.

Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizzas

Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizzas

Break It Down

Roast prepared zucchini until softened and beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

30-Minute How To: Zucchini Pizzas

Step 2

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm the EVOO. Add the onion, garlic, roasted red pepper, thyme and crushed red pepper; season. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, partially cover and cook until very tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

30-Minute How To: Zucchini Pizzas

Step 3

Remove zucchini from the oven; fill with the vegetable mixture.

30-Minute How To: Zucchini Pizzas

Step 4

Garnish each pizza with sliced mozzarella and a few tomato slices.

30-Minute How To: Zucchini Pizzas

Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Tip: Par-boiling the potatoes will make them easier to slice and crisp up in a pan.

Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Break It Down

Combine rosemary, garlic and 2 tsp. lemon zest.

30-Minute How To: Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Potatoes

Step 2

Rub zest mixture over chicken. Wrap each chicken thigh with 2 slices of the pancetta.

30-Minute How To: Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Potatoes

Step 3

In a large skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high. When the oil begins to ripple, add the chicken and brown until crispy, about 3 minutes per side.

30-Minute How To: Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Potatoes

Step 4

Drain potatoes and add them to the skillet, turning to coat in sauce.

30-Minute How To: Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Potatoes

Spaghetti with Salami & Fennel

This hearty pasta dish gives you a great excuse to try some amazing Italian salamis.

Spaghetti with Salami & Fennel

Spaghetti with Salami & Fennel

Brown Macaroni with Four Cheese & Cauliflower

Use this dish as a holiday-worthy side for 12 or a rich entrée for 6.

Brown Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

Brown Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

Break It Down

In a medium skillet over medium-low, heat the EVOO. Add 1 tbsp. of the butter. Once it foams, add the shallots and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary.

30-Minute How To: Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

Step 2

In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, nutmeg and dry mustard and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and the remaining 1/2 cup stock, then stir in the cheese using a figure-8 motion.

30-Minute How To: Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

Step 3

Add the shallot mixture and sauce to the pasta pot.

30-Minute How To: Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

Step 4

Stir to combine.

30-Minute How To: Macaroni with Four Cheeses & Cauliflower

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