Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

These simple make ahead thanksgiving recipes and my planner can help you free up much-needed time on Thanksgiving Day to focus on the turkey!

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If you are looking to spend less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday and more time with family, check out these great make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. You’ll find some great side dishes to prep in advance and delicious dessert ideas can be prepped and frozen before the big day!

Thanksgiving turkey recipe on a table with all the side dishes

Below are some of my favorite healthy make ahead Thanksgiving recipes that you can use this year.

Thanksgiving make ahead recipe ideas

Sweet potato and potato recipes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a great alternative to traditional mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. They store well in the fridge, so you can cook them the night before and reheat them for your meal. These are my other favorite potato dishes for Thanksgiving;

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes in a long serving dish

Make ahead vegetable side dishes

What I love about Microwave-Friendly Green Beans is that you don’t need to use the oven or the stove. I usually have every piece of cooking equipment covered on Thanksgiving Day, so this clears up space for other sides. You can prepare it the night before and then cook it just before it’s time to eat. You can also think about prepping some other side dishes like:

Large plate of green beans with almonds - Thanksgiving side dish

Thanksgiving make ahead dessert recipes

You can prepare almost all Thanksgiving dessert dishes a day or two in advance. If you’re making something warm like pecan pie or apple pie, just put it in the oven after you are finished cooking everything else. Don’t turn the oven on – let the resting heat inside the oven warm up the dish for you. Keep an eye on it so the crust doesn’t burn, and you will be ready when everyone is finished with the main course. Check out these yummy desserts that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin pie with slices cut out on a round glass baking dish

I hope the planner and these make ahead Thanksgiving recipes will help plan your menu a little easier! It’s such a busy day in the kitchen, we can all use a little help!

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve made any of these Thanksgiving sides – leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it or what you are planning for your Thanksgiving menu. If you snapped some shots your dishes, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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  1. Wow, you’re the Kitchen Queen!
    Very impressive, and with tons of recipes!
    Specially the sides… I’m always out of ideas about sides and I always end up making the same roasted potatoes :(((
    Thank you Yumna!

    Cristiana, from Italy

  2. Impressive, thorough, and very helpful tips and guidelines. I think every household will rely on your suggested recipes. Thanks