Yummy Recipes for Thanksgiving (That Don’t Require Cooking)

These recipes require NO cooking but DO require some grocery shopping for pre-made ingredients.


Cornbread Salad

1 pan of prepared cornbread (8”x 8” pan), crumbled into bite-size chunks

3-4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1-2 Packages of Bacon Bits

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained

2 cans kidney beans or black beans, rinsed and drained

2 medium-sized zucchini, diced

4 large tomatoes, diced

1 large bunch green onions, chopped

3-4 cups Ranch Dressing

In a large, clear bowl, layer the following in order:

  1. One-third of the Cornbread chunks
  2. One-third of the bacon
  3. Half of the tomatoes
  4. One-third of the green onions
  5. 1 can of the beans
  6. Half of the zucchini
  7. 1 can of the corn
  8. Half of the shredded cheese
  9. Half the Ranch Dressing

Repeat the layers a second time.

The third and final layer should be cornbread, bacon, and green onions. You can add extra shredded cheese if you like to the top layer. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

Serving suggestions: Use pico de gallo or your favorite salsa instead of the tomatoes. Diced avocado is really yummy in this salad, as is diced jicama or apple!


Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

1 Nine or Ten-Inch Pumpkin Pie

1 Nine or Ten-Inch Cheesecake

1 Large Tub Cool Whip

1 Squeeze Container of Caramel Syrup

Slice the pumpkin pie into bite-sized pieces and set aside.  Slice the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

In a large glass bowl (or trifle bowl), cover the bottom with a layer of pumpkin pie pieces. Next, add a layer of Cool Whip.  Then add a layer of cheesecake pieces.  Drizzle the cheesecake layer with caramel syrup. Repeat the process until the bowl is full.  The top layer should be Cool Whip drizzled with caramel syrup.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Substitution – – If you don’t have any pumpkin lovers in your group, substitute apple pie for the pumpkin pie.


Turkey & Cranberry Roll-Ups

1 package of soft flour tortillas (regular or burrito size)

1 large package of thinly-sliced oven-roasted turkey (deli or lunchmeat package)

1 large tub of herb and garlic cream cheese spread (such as Rondele or Alouette)

1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce

Spread a thin layer of the herb and garlic cream cheese spread all over a tortilla.  On top of the cream cheese, add a layer of the thinly-sliced turkey.  Then spread a thin layer of the cranberry sauce over the turkey slices.  Starting at one end, roll the tortilla into a log and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.  Repeat until you have the desired number of logs (for a gathering of 10 people, prepare one log per person).  Refrigerate the wrapped logs until just before serving.

When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and slice the logs into rounds (about an inch or so in size) and arrange on a serving tray.




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