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Staying put this Thanksgiving? Try a new recipe that will result in less food waste.

Just like everything else this year, Thanksgiving is looking different for many people. The usual large groups of family and friends aren't possible like they were in years past. Whether you are having to spend the holiday alone or with one other person, Vox has found some recipes that can keep the holiday special. 

Turkey

It is unlikely that you will want to cook an entire turkey this year, and with this year's small turkey shortage you might not have the option anyway. To avoid weeks of Thanksgiving leftovers, One Dish Kitchen suggests cooking turkey breasts or cutlets.  

Mashed Potatoes

Dessert for Two has a recipe that's the solution for all your mashed potato problems. You can use the entire 5-pound bag of potatoes to make the dish in advance and store it in the freezer.

Just scoop the finished potatoes into mini loaf pans and divide a stick of unsalted butter among the pans. Wrap the pans in heavy duty aluminum foil, place in freezer-safe bags and toss them in the freezer for use whenever you're in the mood for mashed potatoes. 

Green Bean Casserole 

This recipe features a more homemade approach with no canned soup or beans, but rather frozen green beans and fresh mushrooms. Homemade in the Kitchen recommends using sour cream and vegetable or chicken broth with the mushrooms to substitute for the canned soup. Just leave out the french fried onions, if you're cooking ahead of time. 

Honey Butter Dinner Rolls

This recipe makes six rolls, is eggless and will require a little extra time and patience to make it from scratch. Carla, the author of the blog Homemade in the Kitchen, emphasizes the importance of making sure you are not using expired yeast and that your liquids are always at the right temperature. 

The honey butter that is brushed on top after the rolls are pulled from the oven only requires three ingredients: butter, salt and honey. They are best served the day they are made, but can be stored for up to two days. 

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Bite-sized pumpkin pies are a necessity for a smaller feast. Using pre-made pie crust and a muffin pan are the keys to success for this recipe. There is no need for slicing these desserts from Sally's Baking Addiction. Just pop them in your mouth to finish out your feast.

Thanksgiving Cider Cocktail

After the year we have all had coupled with a less than ideal Thanksgiving for many, a drink is in order. This one from  The Spruce Eats is quick and easy, featuring 1 1/2 ounces of pumpkin vodka, 6 ounces of apple cider, a splash of club soda and a lemon wedge for decoration. 

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