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When it comes to prepping Thanksgiving dinner, your oven and stove top are highly valuable real estate. So save some space (and effort) by whipping up a few dishes in your slow cooker instead. Here are 28 ideas to get you started.

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SWEET POTATO SOUP

Oh and this one’s vegan. 

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Cranberry Hot Toddy

'Tis the season. 

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Garlic-Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Ditch the taters and try this low-carb alternative instead.

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pear and sausage stuffing

The perfect balance of savory and sweet.

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White Spiced Wine

A lighter take on the classic. 

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Butternut Squash, Kale, and Quinoa Chili

Oooh, this will warm things up.

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Black Bean, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Stew

Serve with crusty bread for mopping the bowl clean. 

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APPLE CIDER

The whole house will smell festive.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Our new favorite starter, courtesy of Coterie member Maria Lichty

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Cranberry Sauce

A hint of citrus makes this sauce a standout.

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Mashed Potatoes

The fluffiest potatoes we ever did try.

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Turkey Breast with Orange and Herbs

Why the heck not?

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Risotto with Butternut Squash

Who has time for all that stove-top stirring anyway? 

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Scalloped Potatoes

The perfect combo of creamy and cheesy. 

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Cinnamon Rolls

Save oven space—make dessert in a Crock-Pot.

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Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

These little guys are flavorful and festive.

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GARLIC PARMESAN POTATOES

Aka super cheesy potatoes.

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Sausage Stuffing

A little bit sweet and a little bit savory.

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APPLE CRISP

That crispy almond-oat topping though...

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The most festive way to get your caffeine fix.

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Creamed Corn

This should hold us over until corn-on-the-cob season.

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Baked Apples

Don't forget the caramel. 

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Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans and Butternut

It’s not Thanksgiving without our favorite veggies. 

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Monkey Bread

You’ll be dreaming of the cream cheese drizzle for the rest of the year.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

A little pre-dinner snack for the crowd.

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Hot chocolate

Because you need something to end the night right. 

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

Covered in marshmallows and brown sugar, just the way we like it.

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GLAZED CARROTS

Shh, these are basically vegetables disguised as candy.

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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