5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Vegetable dishes may not get all the love that turkey and stuffing do on Thanksgiving, but it wouldn’t be the holidays without loading up our dishes with all those savory sides. Many Thanksgiving cooks prefer to reserve their culinary energies for the entrées, so it’s good to have a few quick and easy-to-make vegetable dishes on-hand.

Each of the following 5 veggie recipes can be thrown together in under 30 minutes. Try them out this holiday for a spread your friends and family will love.

1. Italian Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower | iStock.com

Mild cauliflower can be jazzed up in a cinch with this Italian-style recipe from Cook the Story. Dijon mustard gives the vegetable a zip, while oregano and garlic powder lend a distinctively spiced flavor to the dish. The roasting process is what really elevates this dish above your standard cauliflower option — although the recipe calls for 20 to 25 minutes in a 425-degree Fahrenheit oven, but if you like it extra-tender, try roasting at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Cook the Story’s recipe takes 30 minutes to complete and yields 4 servings.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ to ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper

Head to Cook the Story for the full recipe.