Easy and affordable Thanksgiving side dishes…for chefs like me that don’t like to cook!

This post is sponsored by Amazon, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have a confession to make. 


I do not enjoy cooking. While I don’t exactly hate it, there are other things I’d prefer to do with my time. 

Cooking has become even more complex these days with the dietary changes I have made over the past few years which centers around minimally processed grain, gluten and dairy free dishes. When you take these preferences into account and pair that with cooking for a traditional southern family, judgement ensues. 

So you can imagine cooking for others or larger family gatherings such as Thanksgiving has become one of my least favorite things to do. This year I was selected to host Thanksgiving dinner at my house. 

I’m welcoming the challenge this year and the opportunity to round out my cooking skills and have decided to prepare three side dish options that are easy yet satisfying. 

In anticipation of an increased workload as I finalize projects in both of my companies before the holiday season, I opted to order my groceries from Amazon. I have previously mentioned how food delivery is my preferred method of grocery shopping. I often opt for Amazon Fresh because of its convenience as well as the wide variety of pantry staples, fresh produce, meat and dairy-alternative items. 

A lot of us are crunched for time regardless of our financial circumstance. What I love is that free food delivery with Amazon.com and Amazon Fresh is available for individuals using a SNAP EBT card (in most metro regions) to make their purchases, plus they do not need to have a membership. This benefit comes in handy for many as we approach the holiday season. This year, over 44 million people in the United States have benefited from SNAP benefits, according to the USDA. Customers shopping with SNAP EBT on Amazon also receive access to free delivery on qualifying orders and exclusive deals across grocery brands. 

Amazon has a wide selection of holiday grocery offerings that includes pantry staples needed for your Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or holiday desserts and fresh produce from Amazon Fresh during this holiday season. 


So what’s on my menu?

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Tossed in a Balsamic Glaze, Sweet Potato Hash with Peppers, and a Vegan Cornbread Casserole 

Here’s What I Used 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Tossed in a Balsamic Glaze 


1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic minced
kosher salt & black pepper

1/2 red onion (optional)

Recipe can be found here. 

Sweet Potato Hash with Peppers 

1 Cup Red Pepper
1 Cup Yellow Pepper
1/2 Cup Onions
2 tbsp Parsley or chives, fresh
2 Bags Cascade Farm Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes 1 tsp Paprika, smoked
1 Salt and pepper
3 tbsp Oil 

Similar recipe can be found here. 


Vegan Cornbread Casserole 

1 14.75 oz. can creamed corn
1 15.25 oz. can corn (drained) or 1 cup of frozen corn 1 cup vegan sour cream
1/4 cup vegan butter melted
1 3⁄4 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix 

Recipe can be found here. 

Not bad for a hesitant chef right? If I do this enough, maybe I’ll start to like it. 


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