By Mary Claire Lagroue

Time is on your side.

Gathering ingredients for a recipe can take as much time as prepping or even cooking the dang dish. It's not just shopping (and spending!) for a long list of ingredients and wondering whether you have enough allspice in the cabinet and making a second trip to the store for cinnamon. (Surprise! So much for second-guessing allspice.) It's also measuring and cleaning up and fishing the measuring spoons out of the garbage disposal.

Stressed yet? We're just looking out for you. That said, here's a list of five-ingredient Thanksgiving sides that taste more flavorful than you'd think. With such a short list of simple ingredients to keep track of, you'll save loads of time in the kitchen while you're prepping the biggest feast of the year.

Note: We don't include staples like salt, pepper, and oil in the ingredient count.

1. Maple Glazed Carrots

"A huge hit at my holiday table," Elyse Krantz says. "Even those who dislike carrots went for seconds. Super quick and easy! Why eat carrots any other way?""

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2. Fried Brussels Sprouts

"I made two pounds of sprouts for Thanksgiving, and there weren't any leftovers," Pearl says.

VIDEO: Fried Brussels Sprouts

3. Easy Sour Cream Scalloped Potatoes

Sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and Cheddar cheese transform potatoes from plain to indulgent.

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4. Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

"I have made this a staple for Thanksgiving," Lauren Cosby says. Some reviewers recommend toning down the dessert-like sweetness of this side by cutting the honey in half.

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5. Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This homemade cranberry sauce takes just five minutes to prep, so you better not buy the canned stuff this year. "Made this with my mom for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and it's the best cranberry sauce I've ever tasted," Lauren Teasle says.

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6. Easy Green Beans with Cream Cheese

Who knew nothing but butter, cream cheese, salt, and pepper could earn humble green beans a five-star rating? Skip green bean casseroles in favor of this dish.

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7. Whipped Butternut Squash

Whipping this sweet, spiced butternut squash with an electric mixer helps it reach peak fluffiness. The recipe calls for apple pie spice, but you can make your own homemade apple pie spice with just three simple ingredients.

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8. Stuffing of Champions

This top-rated recipe reminds several of our home cooks of their family favorites. But the fact that it requires just five ingredients should convince anyone to cook a batch come Thanksgiving.

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9. V's Fried Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving calls for a handful of decadent dishes, and these three-ingredient, skillet-fried mashed potatoes certainly make the cut.

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10. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

"If I ever came to Thanksgiving without this, I'd be asking for forgiveness because everyone would be mad at me." -- easter424

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11. Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

'This recipe is spectacular. You don't need cream sauces, pastas, curries, sugary stuff, rum, chilis, or any other fancy ingredients," Laurie Lyter says. "For easy peeling, purchase a large, sharp vegetable peeler -- the kind for bigger vegetables, not carrots -- at any grocery store. Sharpen your knife, and prep will be much easier. The sweet, delicate flavor of roasted squash will shine through to reward you in minutes."

VIDEO: Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

12. Buttery Garlic Green Beans

"This was so easy and delicious. I was looking for a new green bean recipe to use as a side dish for Thanksgiving. We have so many casseroles that we need a simple vegetable side -- and this recipe delivers just that!" -- MINDY1315

VIDEO: Buttery Garlic Green Beans

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