Thanksgiving

For eaters of all generations, this may be the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re in hot pursuit of new Thanksgiving recipes to please every palate (yes, you can make your vegan cousin happy!) or you’re focused on decorating the table in a whole new way, we have the advice and strategies you crave. And because we all know Thanksgiving is not just about the moment of truth, but the many moments leading up to it (and how to pack away the leftovers later), we have timelines, shopping lists, organizing advice, and play-by-play plans to make sure the season is filled with lots more joy than stress. Experienced hosts can find fresh inspiration, those new to the role can get all the lessons they need—and a guest who wants to wow ’em with a stunning side dish will find a vast array of options. It’s all here, from soup to nuts. Or rather, from soup to stuffed mushrooms to mashed potatoes to green beans to turkey to cranberry sauce to apple pie. Hungry yet?

26 Holiday Pie and Tart Recipes

Buttery crusts plus rich fillings equals total deliciousness.

5 Fabulous No-Bake Holiday Desserts

Main course monopolizing your appliance space? Treat your guests to one of these delicious desserts—no oven required.

Thanksgiving Headquarters

Thanksgiving should be all about celebrating with family and friends—and eating... and eating. But too often, the stress of getting dinner on the (beautiful) table clouds the revelry. Not to worry: Our simple, streamlined videos show you how to pull off everything from appetizers to turkey to pie.

6 Hors D’oeuvres that Start With a Cracker

Look out, cheese and crackers. These recipes top you any day.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

Can’t contemplate Thanksgiving without a green bean side dish to cozy up to your turkey and stuffing? Our archives are full of tasty Thanksgiving green bean recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients without requiring a ton of time. Of course, a classic green bean casserole—baked with creamy mushrooms and crowned with crunchy onions—is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes you want to aim a little higher than the stuff from the can. Our version swaps out the supermarket soup mix for an easy sauce of fresh mushrooms that tastes every bit as decadent and comes together in a flash. Or maybe you feel like breaking out of your holiday rut? Try tossing blanched beans with crunchy roasted nuts and tangy dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness, or stirring together a salad of tender beans, crunchy fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy feta cheese.

Thanksgiving Carrot Recipes

Roasted, shredded, glazed, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we’ve got an archive full of enticing Thanksgiving carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with cumin require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with a pile of crunchy pine nuts and sweet-tart orange slices, and you have a sophisticated side dish that’s delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more traditional route? Play up carrots’ natural sweetness with a light brown sugar glaze, balanced out by crunchy, nutty pecans and a bright pop of fresh rosemary.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

Colorful, festive, and oh-so-delicious, sweet potatoes are a holiday staple that no Thanksgiving menu should be without. Our updated spin on the classic sweet potato casserole swaps a crunchy coconut topping in for candy-sweet marshmallows—but if you’re looking to break out of the usual routine, our archives are full of plenty more tempting Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes that play up the savory side of this seasonal favorite. Nutty pecans make a natural partner for the tasty tubers, bringing out their earthy richness—and sharp, salty cheeses, like Parmesan, can help balance out their natural sweetness. (Cheesy sweet potato wedges? Yes, please!) Or, for something new and fresh, try incorporating tender, roasted sweet potatoes into a hearty side salad packed with mustardy kale and tart, crunchy apples.

This May Be Why You Fall Into a Food Coma, According to Science

Why do you fall asleep after a big meal? New research on fruit flies (yep, they get food comas too!) offers clues about why eating sometimes makes you tired. It seems salty food, meals heavy on protein, and meals that are just big in general—think Thanksgiving—may be snooze-inducing.

10 Thanksgiving-Themed TV Episodes to Watch When You’re in a Food Coma

Thanks to Netflix, you don’t need to move at all on November 24—just queue up these holiday episodes, and digest the day’s incredible meal.

12 Secrets to Hosting a Great Thanksgiving Meal

Real Simple readers share their best tips for hosting a great Thanksgiving meal.