One quick Thanksgiving recipe is creamed spinach. Melt butter in a skillet, soften a chopped shallot, then add in two packages of thawed, drained spinach along with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Add a little flour and equal parts chicken stock and sour cream to create the thick, creamy sauce. Warm the mixture through, and cook for roughly 5 minutes.
Turkey breast and green bean casserole are also quick Thanksgiving recipes. These have longer cooking times but require fewer than 10 minutes of active time, so they can be prepared and left to cook on their own.
Let a skin-on, boneless turkey breast brine overnight in the fridge to prevent the meat from drying during cooking. Dry the breast, then rub in a mixture of seasonings and melted butter. Salt, garlic, parsley and pepper are commonly used seasonings. Roast the breast for 1 hour at 450 F, then check the temperature every quarter hour until the meat reaches 165 F.
In a 1-quart casserole dish, mix one can each of green beans and condensed cream of mushroom soup. Add 1/2 cup of milk, fried onions, and soy sauce and black pepper to taste. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 F, covering the top with more fried onions for the final five minutes.