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12 Easy Side Dishes That Will Be The True MVP Of Thanksgiving

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1. Ginger Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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These gingery whipped sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes and are so smooth you won't believe they happen to be vegan.

Get the recipe here from Feasting at Home.

2. Homemade Vanilla Thyme Cranberry Sauce

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Say goodbye to the jiggly canned cranberry "sauce" of the past and hello to this fresh recipe with only five simple ingredients.

Get the recipe here from Cook Nourish Bliss.

3. Traditional Homemade Stuffing

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No turkey is complete without stuffing, and this classic recipe is so easy you'll want to whip it up for Thanksgiving and a random weeknight.

Get the recipe here from Love Grows Wild.

4. Fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

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These mashed potatoes are just as buttery and fluffy as the ones your grandma used to make, but garlic and herbs add extra oomph!

Get the recipe here from Budget Bytes.

5. One-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

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Making dinner rolls from scratch seems intimidating, but this quick, easy recipe you will leave you with plenty of time to focus on other dishes, like the turkey!

Get the recipe here from Gimme Some Oven.

6. Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

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With lots of brown sugar, these carrots are delightfully festive and take just four minutes in a pressure cooker.

Get the recipe here from Deliciously Sprinkled.

7. Brussels Sprouts and Farro Salad with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese

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Salad might not be the first thing you associate with Thanksgiving, but this one — with goat cheese and Brussels sprouts — is an easy way to add something green to your table.

Get the recipe here from Completely Delicious.

8. Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Sage

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Pumpkin ravioli makes a unique side dish — or vegetarian main dish — that's surprising easy thanks to wonton wrappers and premade pumpkin pie filling.

Get the recipe here from Savoring the Good.

9. Southern Mac 'n' Cheese

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You can never go wrong with mac 'n' cheese on Thanksgiving and this classic, basic recipe is no exception!

Get the recipe here from Oh, Sweet Basil.

10. Itty-Bitty Sweet Potato Stacks

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These adorable, cheesy sweet potato stacks are as cute as they are easy, with only three ingredients: sweet potatoes, cheese, and cooking spray.

Get the recipe here from Fit Foodie Finds.

11. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pear with Thyme

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This easy dish is sweet, savory, herby, and takes only 10 minutes to prep before tossing it in the oven.

Get the recipe here from Vanilla And Bean.

12. Green Apple and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

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This harvest-inspired salad is as easy as mixing all the ingredients — like quinoa, gouda cheese, apples, and dried cranberries — together.

Get the recipe here from Baker's Beans.

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