Published: November 24, 2015

    Three Simple Thanksgiving Dishes the Entire Family Will Enjoy

    The Thanksgiving turkey is nothing without a slew of delicious side dishes. As any cook knows, however, side dishes can be almost as time-consuming to create as the turkey itself. Below are three simple Thanksgiving dishes that can be thrown together quickly so the cook has some time to visit with family and friends during the holiday.

    Honey-Glazed Carrots

    Carrots often play a background role in a meal. Bring them into the spotlight with this side-dish, which only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.


    • 2 TB. unsalted butter
    • 16 oz. baby carrots, washed in filtered water
    • 2 TB. honey
    • 2 TB. packed brown sugar
    • 2 TB. fresh dill
    • 2 TB. fresh thyme leaves.


    Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add all remaining ingredients, gently tossing to coat the carrots with the mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender.

    Green Beans and Bacon

    Green beans are a Thanksgiving side dish staple; however, not everyone enjoys eating them! This bacon-topped recipe will change your diners’ opinions on the humble bean.


    • ½ lb. chopped bacon
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 4 whole garlic cloves, peeled
    • 1 lb. trimmed green beans, washed in filtered water
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    In a deep skillet, cook bacon until it begins to render its fat. Add the onion and whole garlic cloves, sautéing until the bacon is brown but not too crispy.

    Scoop the bacon and onions into a bowl, removing the garlic cloves. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the skillet, turn the heat up slightly, and add the green beans. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir the bacon mixture into the beans, transfer to a serving dish, and enjoy.

    Skin-on Garlicy Mashed Potatoes

    Want to add some zest your Thanksgiving potatoes? By adding the garlic to the potatoes as you boil them you create a delicate garlicy aftertaste. Be sure to use filtered water to boil the potato and garlic combination, however, or your potatoes may absorb the taste of tap water instead of the garlic.


    • 2 lb. unpeeled potatoes, cubed
    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 2 TB. sour cream
    • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
    • 2 TB. dried basil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Bring a pot of lightly boiled filtered and salted water to boil. Add potatoes and garlic, cooking until tender, about 15 minutes.

    Drain potatoes and garlic, transfer to a large bowl, and add butter. Mash until mixture starts to become smooth, then add milk and sour cream, mixing to a soft but not sloppy consistency. Season with garlic, basil, salt and pepper to taste.

    You may have noticed we encourage you to cook with filtered water throughout these recipes. There’s a couple of reasons for that. Filtered water allows the full flavor of your ingredients to shine through and is the healthier, tastier choice for recipes!