Lauren Jagnow

Quick and Easy Dinner Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Eve RecipesA quick and easy dinner the night before Thanksgiving? You bet. Any marathon runner can tell you that you shouldn’t run a long distance prior to the big race. The same holds true for cooking: On the day before Thanksgiving, you should minimize your time in the kitchen. After all, you’ll need to reserve your energy, too, for the cooking (and eating) marathon on the holiday itself.


With that in mind, here are some quick and easy dinner recipes for your Thanksgiving eve. Each of them takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and as an added bonus, many of them are healthy as well.


From a Southwestern-inspired noodle bowl to nachos to an oven-fried fish, these dinners are tasty, but none of them include poultry recipes — you’re most likely having roast turkey the next day, right? No need to overdo a good thing, especially when you’ll be having turkey leftovers for days (weeks?) to come.


These recipes are so deliciously easy and inspiring that you might even be able to convince a family member to prepare them for you while you stay away from the kitchen entirely. If they resist, just tell them that elite athletes (and cooks) need their rest before the Big Day!




Oven-Fried Fish

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

Crispy and light, this dish is delicious alongside rice pilaf or on top of a bun as a fish sandwich. Baking the fish instead of skillet-frying keeps this recipe healthy.




Tofu with Black Beans and Garlic

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

This fiber-rich meal is a great vegetarian choice. Ginger, hoisin sauce, and garlic ensure this dish is full of flavor.




Mushroom-Garlic Pork Chops

Thanksgiing Eve Recipes

Serve this super-quick meal over warm egg noodles for the ultimate comfort food.




Nachos for Dinner!

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

Kids will love the chance to eat nachos for dinner. To increase the nutritional value, feel free to add veggies of your choice such as shredded lettuce, green onions, or avocado slices.




Seared Tuna Steaks with Citrusy Soy Sauce

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

Despite its gourmet flavors, you only need 20 minutes for this dish — a great healthy choice.




Southwestern Noodle Bowl

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

Thinly sliced steak, sweet peppers, and angel hair pasta give this bowl plenty of complexity and flavor. If you don’t like too much heat, you can replace the hot-style salsa with a milder version.




Speedy Paella

Thanksgiving Eve Recipes

Much quicker to prepare than traditional paella, here’s a one-pot meal that’s just as flavorful as the original. Be sure not to overcook the scallops, which can render them tough.




Invite Tom to the table! Check out these classic Thanksgiving Day turkey recipes.






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