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How to Have Stress-Free Holidays with Oven Ready Turkey + 2 Easy Side Dishes & a Giveaway!

How to have stress-free holidays with oven Ready Turkey and 2 Easy Side Dishes

The Holiday mood is in full swing everywhere and just thinking about all the festivities is already making me so excited! But let’s face it – holidays can sometimes be stressful with all the shopping and the running around that you have to do.

From the beginning, I have always said that I wish to inspire all of you to enjoy delicious meals without having to spend too much time in the kitchen.

So how do you host a delightful and hassle-free party? Well, you don’t have to have extraordinary skills in the culinary department to host fabulous parties.

Thanksgiving is almost here and by using JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey along with some easy side dishes, you won’t have to worry about cooking a huge storm at your home.

Read on to find out how I made a delicious hassle-free holiday meal. I’m also sharing 2 Easy side dishes in this post. Plus there’s a fun Giveaway at the end! {Giveaway closed} 

We love hosting parties at our home and Thanksgiving is a perfect way of meeting up with our close friends and family. I’m the kind of person who likes to prep in advance so as not to break a sweat when guests come over. Easy entertaining is key to me!

My husband always teases me for that and says – hey, you don’t own a restaurant where you are expected to serve meals quickly. But you know, it’s just the way I am. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one, right?

So here is how you can Impress your guests with a delicious dinner this holiday season that is easy and stress-free for you.

Thanksgiving turkey with sweet potatoes and garlic knots

For the upcoming holidays, you can buy any of the delicious JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey, OVEN READY™ Cajun Style Whole Turkey or OVEN READY™ Turkey Breasts.

Seriously, go grab yourself a glass of your favorite wine or cocktail and relax and let JENNIE-O® do all the work for you. You deserve it.

While their Whole turkey is perfect for a large gathering, if you have fewer guests, I feel their Turkey breasts paired with other side dishes would be a perfect holiday meal. 

JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey goes straight from your freezer to your oven, no thawing needed. It is pre-seasoned and even comes with a gravy packet.

Easy Holiday Meal idea

This means you can serve a moist, delicious and flavorful Turkey without all the work of cleaning the turkey (ughh) and prepping it. So much of your time will be saved! Pair it with your favorite veggies or stuffing and you will be one happy soul.

You can also check out JENNIE-O® website that has great content featuring delicious and easy holiday recipes that you can create this holiday season. I was honestly drooling after looking at all the recipe ideas that they have on their website.

Here is how I paired their OVEN READY™ Turkey Breasts along with 2 easy side dishes!

My First side dish is a simple & easy Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe.

Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Now I know mashed potatoes are loved by everyone but sweet potatoes have their own charm and are often sidelined. Not only are they inexpensive but are rich in Vitamins like Vitamin B6, C, D  and are also known to have iron and potassium. This versatile root vegetable can be boiled, roasted, baked, grilled or even pureed.

My 2nd side dish is an ‘Easy Buttery Garlic Knots’ recipe

Easy Buttery Garlic Knots

Warm, buttery, flaky and ready under 10 minutes – what’s not to love? I used store bought biscuit dough, cut each piece in half, stretched them a bit and then ‘tied them in knots’. Before baking it in the oven, I brushed a mixture of butter, garlic and parmesan cheese and they were ready in 10 minutes!

They are kid-friendly and you can even ask the kids to help you with this recipe 🙂 To take it to the next level, you can even add mozzarella cheese inside these knots.

 

Here’s how you can whip up both these easy recipes –

Easy Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Buttery Garlic Knots

Ingredients

    Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes - 4 medium sized
  • Dried herbs (of your choice) - 2 tbsp
  • Salt & Pepper as per taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Buttery Garlic Knots
  • 1. Pre-made Biscuit dough (I used Pilsbury brand) - 1 tube
  • 2. Butter - 2 tbsp
  • 3. Garlic cloves - 2 to 3
  • 4. Dried Parsley - 1 tbsp
  • 5. Grated Parmesan Cheese - 2 tbsp
  • 4. Salt to taste

Instructions

    Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  1. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a big non-stick pan, heat some oil.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes to the pan and then add the herbs, salt and pepper. Saute it for 15-20 minutes on medium heat until the sweet potatoes are cooked.
  4. Buttery Garlic Knots
  5. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Lightly spray a baking pan with nonstick spray.
  6. Cut each biscuit dough into half and then roll each piece approximately 5 inches long. Tie them into knots. Tuck the ends.
  7. Finely chop or mince the garlic cloves. In a small bowl, melt butter in a microwave and add a pinch of salt, dried parsley, minced garlic and parmesan cheese. Brush this mixture on the knots that you have created.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or as per the package directions.
  9. Serve them warm.
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So there you go – a delicious and stress-free holiday meal for you without all the unnecessary hassle. 

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At the beginning of the post, I promised that there is a giveaway! Now comes the fun part! {Giveaway closed}

Holiday time means more grocery bills. To ease it up for you, JENNIE-O® is offering Four $5 Off coupons to the winner. Comment on this post and get a chance to win Four $5 Off coupons on any JENNIE-O® products.

These products can be found in several of your regular grocery stores. So don’t fret this holiday season and try and go easy on yourself. You deserve it!

You can also check out wonderful and delicious holiday recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays on their website. And remember – if you want to win Four $5 off coupons, do comment on this post. {Giveaway closed}

How are you planning to celebrate the Holiday season? Will you be hosting a party at your home or will you be visiting a loved one’s place this year? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or recipes that you absolutely love?

How to Have Stress-Free holidays and 2 easy side dishes

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And remember to keep on smiling!

XOXO

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48 Comments

  • Reply

    Erika Kind

    November 7, 2016

    Wow, I think am coming for dinner instead of cooking myself. Sounds great!

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      smilingnotes

      November 7, 2016

      Hahaa!! Yes, yes come over soon!! 🙂 I’m waiting.

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        Erika Kind

        November 8, 2016

        That would be so much fun! I know, we’d have a blast 😄 Are you coming to the Blogger Bash next year? Would be amazing to meet you!

        • Reply

          smilingnotes

          November 10, 2016

          The blogger bash in Chicago right? Yes. I’m definitely planning to come! Have even told my hubby so we can visit Chicago as well when we are there 🙂

          • Erika Kind

            November 10, 2016

            YAY!!!! Awesome! So we will meet there! That’s so exciting 😄

          • smilingnotes

            November 12, 2016

            Yayyy!!!!!! so exciting!!

          • Erika Kind

            November 12, 2016

            😃💖

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    November 7, 2016

    Yummy meal ideas!

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    anotherfoodieblogger

    November 7, 2016

    I’m going to a friend’s house this year, as she’s on-call for emergency support. But we’ll have a great Turkey day with her fam even if she has to work!

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      smilingnotes

      November 9, 2016

      Hope your friend gets well soon. have a great Thanksgiving.

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    youthfoodblog

    November 8, 2016

    Thanks for sharing. I guess it is just in time for the Thanksgiving!

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    Ashley Kolpak

    November 8, 2016

    What an awesome giveaway! Would love to win so I could make my family a great Thanksgiving meal

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      Thanks a lot Ashley for entering the giveaway!! Stay tuned 🙂

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    November 8, 2016

    Amazing Shamira!

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    Kelly D

    November 8, 2016

    I would like to try JENNIE-O products. Thank you!

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      Thanks Kelly for entering the giveaway! Stay tuned 🙂

  • Reply

    Elena

    November 8, 2016

    I will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      Hope you have a safe and happy travel, Elena! Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting 🙂 xoxo

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    Sandra

    November 8, 2016

    Those are some great ideas. I love Jennie-O products.

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      Thanks a lot, Sandra! Jennie-O is one of the best 🙂

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    David

    November 8, 2016

    We like to buy their turkey breasts, rather than the whole turkey. They still have some bones you have to get rid of, but not as much as the whole turkey. They also have a ton of recipes on their site, from the dressing to the pies.

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      smilingnotes

      November 12, 2016

      Same here, David..we prefer them over the whole Turkey too.

  • Reply

    Susan Christy

    November 9, 2016

    I’ve always said Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because that’s when we have the most food! 🙂

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      Hahaha that is so true, Susan! We can have as much food as we want without guilt 😉

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    Melissa R

    November 9, 2016

    Thanksgiving this year will be just me and my kids, but I’m happy to have my son coming home from college, so it will be special! We’ll have turkey and all the fixings.

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2016

      That is so awesome that your son will be coming home from college, Melissa!! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! xoxo

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      smilingnotes

      November 29, 2016

      Congrats on winning the JENNIE-O® coupon giveaway!!!! The details will be sent by email to you.

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    The Mew Life / EatingWellNYC

    November 12, 2016

    Awesome. I’m all about the simple and stress free too.

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 13, 2016

      Simple and stress-free is always the best, right?! 😊👍🏼

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    Alok Singhal

    November 13, 2016

    I am a vegetarian, but some of my readers might find it helpful…so I shared 😊

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    Kathi Rohde

    November 21, 2016

    This would be a boone for me, I am disabled and on a very limited income, this might allow me to have Thanksgiving after all. Its a really good product I have used it before in better times.

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 21, 2016

      I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, Kathi! Thanks a lot and take care.

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    Kathleen Aherne (@CoolTweed)

    November 21, 2016

    I would love to sit down to that dinner. The turkey looks so moist and yummy. The sidedish and rolls just add to me wanting it. Thanks for sharing and making me hungry.
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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      smilingnotes

      November 27, 2016

      Thank you for such a wonderful compliment, Kathleen! And thank you for hosting Bloggers Pit stop! xoxo

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    Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    November 26, 2016

    Great Tips & I love the recipe ideas, especially the skillet roasted sweet potatoes!! Thanks so much for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food 🙂

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 27, 2016

      Thanks a lot, Angela!! You are really kind. xoxo

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