It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and you thought you were prepared, but now your extended family is crashing the party. All of a sudden, you don’t have enough food and it’s too late to make anything extravagant.

Luckily, SmartyPans has some in handy ideas that will satisfy those last-minute guests!

Grilled Cauliflower with Bacon Bits  

With a cook time of just 10 minutes, grilled cauliflower is the best simple recipe!

Just add in some bacon bits and a sprinkle of pine nuts (this is optional for those with nut allergies) and your guests will fall in love with this delicious side dish! Cauliflower comes in 4 different colors- orange, purple, green and white. So, mix different colored cauliflower in your SmartyPans to get that Fall vibe!

4 cups of cauliflower florets
1.5 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp salt and black pepper
½ tbsp garlic powder
3 cups of bacon bits
Optional- A sprinkle of pine nuts as garnish

Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves basic mashed potatoes, but garlic and herb mashed potatoes are irresistible! After cooking these for 35 minutes, these specially twisted mashed potatoes will be the star of your Thanksgiving feast. Not only is garlic appetizing, it does wonders for your health such as reducing cholesterol and combating heart disease. Throw some cloves in your SmartyPans and delight in that garlic aroma!

2 pounds of baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1 tbsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to season
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp of chopped chives
1 sprig of thyme

Pumpkin Spiced Cookies with Cheesecake Frosting

For those pumpkin lovers, you can’t beat a chewy centered cookie with creamy frosting on top! This pumpkin-inspired mixture only takes 5 minutes and the total time to bake is around 35 minutes. Fun Fact: Although the name has the word pumpkin in it, pumpkin spice has no inclusion of this orange fruit, however; does contain cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves!

Ingredients- Pumpkin Spiced Cookies
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup butter (softened)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients- Cheesecake Frosting
½ cup unsalted butter softened
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar

These 3 last-minute Thanksgiving ideas will keep your cooking game strong no matter how many extra guests!

Check out more simple and easy-to-make recipes on the SmartyPans app.