The Top 10 Best Side Dishes For Your Thanksgiving Meal

The Top 10 Best Side Dishes For Your Thanksgiving Meal

Turkey is great and all, but what about the delicious side dishes? There's so many to choose from.


If you aren't craving Thanksgiving dinner the whole month of November, you must be crazy. Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions and homemade delicious dishes that you look forward to all year. Families come together for a delicious feast and catching up. Plates are overflowing, conversations are flowing, and people are thankful for their loved ones and their time together.

There's no doubt that Thanksgiving dishes make the best leftovers for the days following Thanksgiving. Turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce, get in my belly! There are so many dishes to choose from to cook on this special holiday and every family puts their own twist on them. So, which Thanksgiving dishes are the best ones? Here's a ranking of the best of the best.

1. Mashed potatoes


A classic side dish that can be served on any holiday, but Thanksgiving wins as the holiday where mashed potatoes are absolutely essential. A Thanksgiving meal just isn't the same without a spot on the plate for warm, buttery, fluffy deliciousness. I always look forward to my dad's homemade mashed potatoes every year. Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn't be the same without them.

2. Stuffing


If there's turkey, there better be some stuffing. You can't Thanksgiving without it. Whether you stuff your turkey with stuffing or just eat a bite of turkey with a bite of stuffing, it's one of the essential side dishes. Make it from scratch or have a little help from Pepperidge Farms. Either way, it's bound to be delicious.

3. Green bean casserole


Who would've ever thought to put crunchy onions on top of green beans smothered in cream of mushroom soup? Who knows, but it's absolutely delicious. It's definitely one of the essentials on the plate during Thanksgiving dinner.

4. Gravy


What's a turkey without stuffing and gravy? As a matter of fact, what's any Thanksgiving side dish, if you can't drizzle some gravy on it? I personally like a classic creamy gravy to dip my turkey and mashed potatoes in.

5. Cornbread


Warm and buttery in the center and crispy on the edges. Cornbread makes an appearance at many meals, but there's something special about having cornbread at Thanksgiving.

6. Squash


I'm personally not a big squash person, but I love eating butternut squash on Thanksgiving. It's sweet and with a little brown sugar and makes a great dipper with some turkey.

7. Peas


A classic vegetable if you're not into green bean casserole. When I was a kid, I'd always take a spoonful of mashed potatoes and dip it in peas, and make "glue." Who am I kidding, I still do that.

8. Sweet potatoes


Sweet potatoes are another favorite kind of potato this holiday. Many people top their sweet potatoes with marshmallows, but I like sweet potatoes by themselves. They are a perfect compliment to other side dishes.

9. Cranberry sauce


This is definitely a side dish that you'll only find at Thanksgiving dinner. Canned or fresh, this side dish is a necessity at the dinner table.

10. Creamed onions


I'm not a big onion person, so I've never tried this dish myself. It's still a traditional side dish that is always on the table at Thanksgiving.

Make sure you save room for all these savory and delicious side dishes at your Thanksgiving!

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15 Things All Chick-fil-A Employees Know To Be True

Chick-fil-A? More like Chick-fil-BAE!

Chick-fil-A is a one of the most successful restaurant chains in the country. It's the go-to eatery for college students, whether it's for a "grab and go" type of meal, or a "sit down and relax" experience. It is the epitome of hospitality and is a customer-first institution. I always wondered what it would be like to see things from behind the counter at Chick-fil-A. In October 2015, I got this opportunity, and I learned what it's really like to be a Chick-fil-Bae.

1. “My Pleasure" comes out in every day conversation.

There is no stopping it. But there are a lot worse habits than expressing gratitude in a kind and unique way. Plus, free advertising. Truett Cathy was a genius.

2. Buses literally scare you.


3. Headsets are more difficult than you could imagine, and some of us (me) will come up with any excuse to avoid it.

It takes a seasoned professional to handle this position. After all, there is nothing quite like stuttering or, even worse, getting a giggle attack on the headset.

4. You will, inevitably, have work dreams.

*wakes up abruptly in the middle of the night*


5. You realize that sauce is life.

You need eight Polynesians for four nuggets? Same. I'd drink it through a bendy-straw.

6. You learn to hate lemon pulp.

It literally gets everywhere and is impossible to get off.

7. The decision for what break food you want is one of the hardest you'll ever make.

One free meal. So many choices. So many substitutions.

8. You learn what real hard work is.

You don't know the real definition of exhaustion until you're unloading a truck at 11:45 at night.

9. Appearance is everything.

Because if you don't own a burgundy polo and black pants that are just a bit too short, who even are you?

10. The job can get stressful sometimes, to say the least.

When the breakfast, lunch or dinner rush hits, you are left crying for your coworkers, your supervisor, your mama, maybe even Dan Cathy to save you.


If a customer has been waiting for more than three minutes for their food, it is comparable to a natural disaster. If this screen doesn't give you anxiety, chances are you've never been a fine chicken connoisseur.

12. We have dress up date nights, and, YES, you do have to dress up.

Nothing quite like being on dining room in a medieval dress, AMIRIGHT??

13. You have yet another reason to love Sundays.

As if it wasn't already the best day of the week!

14. You find out that a lot more people like coleslaw than you originally thought.

It's like Shakespeare always said: "You don't know what ya got til it's gone."

15. The employees' happiness and eagerness to serve is not an act.

When you work at a Chick-fil-A, you get really close with your coworkers, and they become like family. My Chick-fil-A family consists of genuine, hard-working, and extremely driven people, they are some of the best folks I have ever met. When I say family, I mean it. After all, who better to understand your daily struggles better than those who go through them with you? I learned more about leadership in eight months of working there than I have anywhere else, and I can honestly say that I'm extremely thankful to have had that opportunity.

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Do Not Be Ungrateful This Thanksgiving, Here Are 33 Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair


Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):

1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.

2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.

3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.

4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.

5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.

6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).

7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives

8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).

9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.

10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.

11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?

12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.

13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.

14. For books. Reading makes us better people.

15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.

16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.

17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?

18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.

19. For Christmas. 

20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.

21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.

22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).

23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.

24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.

25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.

26. For freedom.

27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.

28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.

29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.

30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.

31. For the Future. Because we can make it.

32. For the past. Because it is our history.

33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability. 

Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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