2016 Thanksgiving Menu

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Is this not the CREEPIEST Thanksgiving postcard EVER?! Image Credit: Dave via Flickr

Thanksgiving is only ONE WEEK AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I will be in a fetal position at some point this holiday season. Image Credit: Dylan Tweney via Flickr

Some of the more “with it” bloggers will already be posting holiday gift idea lists full of beautiful handmade gifts. This gal has just decided on what she’s going to cook for Thanksgiving dinner. I promise I won’t panic.

The good news is, my Thanksgiving dinner is always simple: I cook a healthier version of the main Thanksgiving meal at home  for my husband and I and then we go to my Godmother’s for dessert. This keeps dessert out of the house but still lets us enjoy the pumpkin and pecan pie. Every year I tweak the menu a little bit with a few base staples. Here’s this year’s menu:

The Staples

  • Herb Roasted Turkey Breast and Homemade Gravy
  • Crescent rolls
  • Stovetop Stuffing (I LIKE IT LEAVE ME ALONE)

The Tweaks

  • Date-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Fluff Swirl
  • Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
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Image Credit: Satya Murthy via Flickr

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Do you have any family favorites that you just HAVE to make? Let me know!

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9 comments

  1. Oh, yum, I never thought of sweetening my cranberry sauce with dates. Wonder if it changes the texture. We’ll have turkey, homemade gravy, and stuffing, too. Although, not Stovetop because I have to watch how much sodium is in everything. Lots of veggies–green beans, carrots, herb roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes (boiled for me), and coleslaw. I usually have Brussels sprouts, but my DIL really doesn’t like them, so I decided to make veggies I know she enjoys (because I love her and she’s the best). My 8 yr old grandson wants pumpkin swirl chocolate brownies, so that’s dessert. I have a lentil butternut squash salad I want to try with the leftover squash.

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  2. Last year I did turkey breasts, and I really missed having a carcass to make soup with, so this year I’m doing a whole turkey, herb seasoned with herbs and onions and apples stuffed inside. And butter. Lots of butter. I always cook mushrooms, because my Nana did. Mashed potatoes made with cheese and sour cream. Corn pudding. And either Brussel sprouts or spinach. And cranberry sauce, from a can. Don’t judge. And your kind of stuffing!!

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    • I wrote turkey breast but if I can get a decent one I think I’ll buy a whole turkey because I love using the carcass, too, and the breast doesn’t come with my favorite part: the heart! OMG CORN PUDDING is so goooooood! Hey I still love canned cranberry sauce, too, no judgment here! 🙂

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  3. haha hiii, I love reading your writing so much. Don’t worry, I’m still panicking about whether or not I can make absolutely EVERYTHING I want to make–I love the idea of date-sweetened cranberry sauce, though! And seriously, I have so much dessert every. single. year. just left over in my fridge and my lovely belly. Delicious, but dangerous!

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    • oh my gosh thank you so much! not making dessert at home has saved me SO much of that danger, haha. Although I won’t lie, I definitely overindulge on those desserts, but at least it’s limited to one day. 🙂 Thank you so much for the lovely compliment!

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