Save Your Oven Space: 8 Thanksgiving Dishes to Make on the Stove

When oven space is at a premium, stick with these stovetop picks.

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On Thanksgiving Day it’s all about getting the most done with the least amount of stress. And saving space in the oven, which is at a premium on turkey day, with these stovetop recipes can do just that. (Besides, if your house is like mine, you’ll have your hands full setting up the Thanksgiving Bingo game.)

It’s the best mix of old-school flavor and updated ideas about nutrition.

The Barefoot Contessa’s classic mashed potatoes are a slam dunk for every Thanksgiving table.

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This recipe may be lower in sugar than most cranberry sauce recipes, but my first-grader hasn’t stopped talking about it since we made it last year. Tart and sweet without too much added sugar, it’s the perfect side.

Cooking Channel Sunny Anderson Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad Thanksgiving Salad-Add Color & Greens to Your Table

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Armando Rafael Moutela, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC All Rights Reserved

How about a simple recipe done in minutes? Here, shredded Brussels sprouts are coated with olive oil, mixed with dried cranberries and dusted with a hint of nutmeg.

This easy corn side dish is just as colorful as its name suggests, and stripes of red peppers make it a feast for the eyes as well.

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Armando Rafael

Ree Drummond’s stovetop green bean recipe has a secret ingredient that never fails to please: bacon grease.

Transform a humble bag of frozen spinach into a side dish your family will ask for year-round. With the olive oil, garlic and fresh squeeze of lemon juice in this dish, how could they resist?

Theses luscious parfaits are layered with fresh cream and whipped pumpkin mousse. Bonus: You can even make them the night before.

Charity Curley Mathews is a mom to four kids under the age of 7 and the founder of Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe, a site full of simple, real food ideas for toddlers, kids and families, plus all the advice you need for eating together in peace. Usually. She’s a contributor to The Huffington Post, InStyle and eHow. Follow Foodlets on Facebook or Pinterest and you’ll never miss a new recipe or tip.

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