Meal Planning for Turkey Week

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Thanksgiving week is typically a fun week of feasting at our house. It’s a short school/work week. We often have house guests. We know that Christmas is just around the corner. And we eat well!

This year, in light of our reformed eating habits, I’m trying to exercise some self-control. In past years I’ve made so much food that some of it inevitably went to waste. And what didn’t often went to waist, if you get my drift.

I don’t think that’s what the Pilgrims intended in a Thanksgiving feast.

Please don’t misunderstand.

Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and celebration. Don’t feel like you have to cut back because I am. I’m not bah-humbugging the meal. I am just realizing that I personally need to be a better steward of our resources.

As such, I’m not making a full turkey. A turkey breast might make its way into the meal instead as well as baked chicken legs for the kids. I might grab a small ham, too. I haven’t gone shopping yet, so the jury’s still out.

I’m also going to make smaller batches or immediately freeze excess so that we don’t waste great food.

All that to say… I’m not pulling out all the stops on Thursday. Enough is as good as a feast.

I’m also planning simple meals before and after Thanksgiving to counter balance the calories and the crazy. Here’s our dinner plan for the week:

18. Asian Rice Bowls with Chicken and Potstickers

19. Swedish Meatballs*, Mashed Potatoes*, seasonal vegetables

20. Red and Green* Pasta Bar, Salad, Garlic Bread

21. Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles

22. Thanksgiving

23. Pizza Night

24. Soup Night, Good Bread

What’s your plan for the week?

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  1. Hi Jessica!

    I just wanted to share a little tip that works week for us. If we’re doing turkey for a few people or just buying them ahead when they are cheap, i have someone at the meat counter slice it in half (even frozen ones). It’s cheaper and much tastier than buying breasts.


  2. Do I need a plan? Yeah, I guess I do. Thanks for reminding me to make one. I have no idea what I’ll plan. Now, off to plan!

  3. I tend to ‘pull out all the stops’ … forgetting that we are now a family of 3, instead of a family of 5 (it’s amazing the difference those two boys make). So I have to exercise restraint myself. I will do a turkey, simply because we love turkey sandwiches after the day. When I get a ham, I always portion it out – serve some that day, package some for the fridge later in the week, and prep the rest for the freezer. We will actually eat at my parents’ house, but it’s nice to have some leftovers here too!

  4. I’d have a full scale revolt on my hands if we went without big bird on Thanksgiving. On the upside though none of it ever goes to waste. My family can polish off a 20 pound bird in three days.

    • Thanks for keeping it real! I’d have a full scale revolt on my hands too if we went without a turkey, as I bet most would. And I find that our local store always has a sale and with leftovers, I don’t think a Thanksgiving meal is that expensive.

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