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24 Less-Stress Recipes to Make on Thanksgiving Eve

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These recipes say, "Whoa, hey. We know you're stressed about Thanksgiving, but we want to make your night easier."

Their ease lets you save all the worrying (and frantically checking off tasks on your to-do list) for tomorrow. Whether it's kale salad peppered with simple roasted squash, almonds, and cheddar or a skillet lasagna that tastes like a weekend project but only took an hour, they require a level of work you can handle (meaning not a lot) the night before a cooking marathon.

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Here are 24 roasted, one-pot, pasta, and light-ish recipes you should make on Wednesday (or now!).

Set it and (mostly) forget it

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage
Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage
Honey And Chipotle Roasted Chicken
Honey And Chipotle Roasted Chicken

One-Pot, Less Worries

Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou
Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
Tempeh Chili
Tempeh Chili
Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Scallion and Coconut Rice with Pork
Scallion and Coconut Rice with Pork

Pasta, the never-fail crowd-pleaser

Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)
One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)
One-Pan Bucatini with Leeks and Lemon
One-Pan Bucatini with Leeks and Lemon
Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)
Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)
Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce
Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce

and for something a bit lighter

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Northern Spy's Kale Salad
Northern Spy's Kale Salad
Easy Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cabbage Lime Slaw
Easy Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cabbage Lime Slaw
Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash
Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash
Shades of Green Chopped Salad
Shades of Green Chopped Salad

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