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five recipes you can cook after your shift for thanksgiving

Five Easy Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make After Your Shift

Whether you are cooking for yourself or need a dish to bring to your friends, here are five Thanksgiving items you can make when you feel rushed on time

As a travel nurse, holiday traditions might look different every year. Sometimes, Thanksgiving is a workday, sometimes it’s a meal with new friends in a new city, or sometimes it is spent at home with family. No matter where you will be this Thanksgiving, we want to help you prepare for the big meal.

We know Turkey is the star of the show, but there is always an eclectic spread of sides at Thanksgiving dinner as well as pies and other desserts too that make the meal so delicious! We have pulled together five easy dishes that you could make as your contribution to the holiday dinner – whether you are hosting or planning to attend dinner as a guest.

A Thanksgiving Salad

Light and easy – both in taste and legwork. This salad is loaded with fall flavors and textures, including earthy pecans, crisp sweet apples, sharp Cheddar cheese, and dried cranberries. Bring a little health to the Thanksgiving table and impress your loved ones with this 20-minute recipe.

The recipe includes directions for a homemade dressing, but you can always use a store-bought vinaigrette – we won’t tell!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Do you have a sweet tooth? This sweet potato recipe calls for a little bit of honey and cinnamon to add an even sweeter side to your sweet potatoes.

This side comes together in a matter of minutes and only calls for five ingredients. A quick toss in olive oil, honey, cinnamon, salt, and pepper will give them all the flavor they need and add a bit of variety to the Thanksgiving spread. Check out the cooking directions here.

Three-Bread Stuffing

his cornbread stuffing mix is a semi-homemade version of the Thanksgiving staple. It calls for more ingredients, but less work. Once you stock up on the recipe must-haves, it is smooth sailing with forty minutes of cooking time. Leave your bread out the night before to go stale, then follow these three easy steps for a finished product.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes tend to sit at the Thanksgiving buffet right next to the turkey. If you are tasked with helping with the potato dish this year, check out this recipe that does not involve peeling the potato skin.

Peeling the skins off of your potatoes is undoubtedly the most time-consuming part of making mashed potatoes. Avoiding that will make your cooking duties a smash, literally. This highly indulgent smashed red potato dish calls for red potatoes, half-and-half, sour cream, parmesan, and a few spices you probably already have in the cupboard.

10-Minute Cracker Pumpkin Pie

Altogether, this recipe calls for an 8-hour prep window, 99% of that is the time it needs to spend in the freezer. Before your next shift, carve out ten minutes to create this no-bake dessert that will chill in your fridge while you run off to save lives.

This dessert is a mix of a cake and pumpkin pie and needs very few ingredients. Pick up a can of pumpkin puree, condensed milk, heavy cream, pumpkin spice, vanilla bean paste, graham crackers, and pecans to pull together this delicious dessert. Follow the instructions, and voila, you’ve stolen the Thanksgiving show.

Happy Holidays!

If you are working this Thanksgiving, bring one of these dishes with you to show your gratitude to your co-workers – who wouldn’t love a little mid-shift pumpkin pie action? Or, hit up a Friendsgiving prior to the holiday and enjoy the company!  No matter where, no matter how, and no matter with whom, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and holiday season.