Thanksgiving Meal Plan

full Thanksgiving meal plan

Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time to start preparing your meal plan.  No time?  No problem!  I have an entire meal plan prepared for you.


Pumpkin Puree Recipe Ideas

  • Pumpkin Puree – Use these tips and add pumpkin puree to different dishes for a fun twist. For example, stir some pumpkin puree into prepared hummus to make a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer.  Serve with warm pita bread.

cheese platter for Thanksgiving meal planning

  • Cheese and Soup – Use these tips to prepare the perfect cheese platter, make sure you take a look at the suggestion for preparing a Thanksgiving appetizer by pairing Camembert with butternut squash soup.


Cooking Oven Roasted Turkey

  • Turkey – This turkey sounds delicious and will need to cook for around 6 hours and then sit for approximately 15 minutes before carving.  Alternatively, you can try these step by step directions for the perfect turkey which includes instructions for adding stuffing too.


  • Gravy – using the pan from the delicious turkey recipe above and a few extra ingredients, this gravy can be whipped up while the turkey is sitting aside.

Mac and cheese for Thanksgiving meal plan

  • Mac and Cheese –  This delicious mac and cheese recipe will require about 40 minutes of oven time.  Alternatively, if your oven is full, make a slow cooker mac and cheese instead.  This frees up the oven for re-heating and baking other dishes.
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes – approx 20 minutes prep time and 1.5 hours to bake in oven.
  • Green Beans – This recipe takes approximately 5 minutes to prep, and 10 minutes to cook in a covered pan on the stove.  You can have these cooking while you are preparing the gravy and re-heating or warming dishes in the oven.
  • Corn – boil frozen corn.  Once cooked toss with a nice big slice of butter.  You can make this ahead of time, refrigerate and then re-heat once ready to serve.

  • Cranberry Sauce – This is my own recipe for cranberry sauce and takes about 10 minutes to cook.
  • Mashed Potatoes – Boil potatoes. Once soft, remove from the water.  Add a little chicken stock, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, and butter and mash until smooth.
  • Buttermilk Biscuits – Bake these biscuits ahead of time (they take approximately 15 minutes), then re-heat once the turkey is out of the oven.


Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving meal planning

  • Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies – you will want to make these earlier in the day, approximately 1 hour before the turkey is due to go in the oven.  If your Thanksgiving meal will be for lunch, then make these the night before.
  • Pomegranate Mousse (a delicious alternative for those who don’t like pumpkin pie) –  serve in small glasses, jars or glass dishes.  Can be made in the morning and kept refrigerated until time to serve (need to be refrigerated for minimum 1 hour).
  • Pumpkin Ice Cream – can be made a day in advance.  Leave in the freezer until ready to serve.  Add a bowl of Fall colored sprinkles with a spoon for the kids.

Thanksgiving latte

Serve dessert with a Pumpkin Pie Latte’s.  These can be made to order after dinner has been finished.

Tip: Don’t forget to check that your salt and pepper shakers are full.  You can do this the day before.


About Tonya Staab

Tonya Staab is a freelance writer and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore, a lifestyle blog that inspires parents to craft, cook, travel, and celebrate every day with their children.

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