Thanksgiving Menu Ideas (What’s On Your Plate?)

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? The year is just flashing by. I’m trying to approach the holiday season with a calm heart and a clear mind. Read: I am trying to celebrate a Simpler Season.

As such, our menu for Turkey Day is going to be pretty simple as well. I tend to overdo, so as I was thinking about this meal plan, it was good to keep simple in the forefront of my mind.

We will have our eight (hubs, me, and the kids) as well as my parents and possibly my brothers and who knows? A few extras may materialize before noon next Thursday. The more the merrier! My mom always had an open door policy for the holidays, and I am trying to follow suit.

Our Menu

Starters – because I never have a meal ready when I say I will. 

Main Meal


What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.

This week we are sharing our Thanksgiving Menus! If you don’t have one decided today is the day to be inspired by what others share.

Don’t forget to visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.

Please NOTE: If your post does not include a Thanksgiving menu, it will be deleted. Thanks for understanding.

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  1. Thank you for hosting. I’m sharing the butter compound I use to rub all over and inside my turkey.

    I’m more excited about the Sunday afterwards, I’m making turkey tacos with the leftovers and trying out two new Mexican style recipes. Well ok, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving either. I love mashed potatoes and gravy!

  2. All the Thanksgiving food has me excited too! We love Thanksgiving and especially the leftovers. We created some fun recipes to use up those leftovers.
    Thanks for hosting! Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Liz@Hoosier Homemade and Pocket Change Gourmet

  3. We are going simple too — takes so much stress out of the day! In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll be pulling one of your slab apple pies out of the freezer which means I only need to make one pumpkin gingersnap pie! I’ll do the squash ahead of time, wild rice stuffing, as well as the sweet potatoes, and we’ll roll with it. Thanks for sharing your menu with us – I love the idea of appetizers {and your reasoning behind it}!

  4. I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving meal this year. And if thats not enough, I’m trying to do it really frugally! Here is my blog entry, including menu: Wish me luck!

  5. Roast chicken and gravy, spiral ham, mashed potatoes (mother in law), sweet potatoes (mother in law), mac & cheese (mom), stuffing, rolls, choc pie (mom), slab apple pie, caramel sweet potato pie, spiced cider and cheese ball & crackers for the appetizer

  6. We finally got around to planning the menu today. We’ll be having turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy (Cook’s Illustrated recipe), sausage & apple stuffing (Real Simple), green beans, carrots, cranberry relish, apple pie and your pumpkin pie. Yum! The kiddos will get to make Apple Turkey Placeholders and play with the felt busy bags from the Thanksgiving Fun printable. It should be fun…but of course, I’ll miss being with you guys.

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