Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plan

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plan  - A thanksgiving meal plan with links to recipes and tips for creating a Thanksgiving dinner meal plan while saving money.

My Thanksgiving dinner menu doesn’t change much from year to year. It is made up of tried and true family favorites, but they are not all considered traditional Thanksgiving recipes.

Making my Thanksgiving meal plan early allows me to start picking up some of the ingredients early as I find them on sale. I recommend making your menu plan as early as possible (today would be a good idea) so that you can start looking for the ingredients at the best possible prices in your weekly sales ads. Look for coupons and match them to sale prices to save even more. You can use the Favado App to easily compare sales at your local grocery stores.

Be flexible on your Thanksgiving dinner meal plan! Many of the traditional Thanksgiving ingredients will on sale, but it is still a good idea to create a back up plan in case an item is too expensive (or is out of stock) to be included in this year’s menu. Life will go on even if you serve apple pie instead of pumpkin or pecan.

Take your time and life circumstances into consideration when making your menu plan. I prepare for our celebration over several days to make it easier. If your time is limited, consider spreading out the cooking like I do, having your extended family help out by bringing a dish, or cutting back on the number of dishes you make. I like to make all the dishes when it is my turn to host, but my sister-in-law is an aeronautical engineer with limited spare time, so when she hosts she has a potluck Thanksgiving. When my mother-in-law hosts Thanksgiving, she makes a turkey, a green vegetable side dish, and a potato side dish. It isn’t the traditional feast, but everything my mother-in-law makes is amazing, so it is still a wonderful holiday dinner.

Thanksgiving is about spending time together with an attitude of gratitude. The actual dishes served at dinner are a distant second!

My Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plan:

Before Dinner Snacks:

While I am preparing dinner, I set out a veggie tray, nuts, and a plate of fudge for guests to snack on. I know fudge is not an appropriate appetizer, but it has become a tradition since I brought it to our first squadron Thanksgiving party as a newly wed. When I was asked what I brought I said, “an appetizer” and the other guests, who didn’t quite get my sense of humor, took me at my word.

Dinner Menu:

Turkey basted with olive oil and generously sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and poultry seasoning. This year I am going to cook my turkey in a slow cooker.

Wild Rice Stuffing

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Gravy made from the turkey drippings

Corn Casserole (Here is a sugar-free corn bread recipe)

Green Beans with Garlic

Cranberry Orange Sauce

For Dessert I will serve:

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pudding

Vanilla Whipped Cream

We usually follow dessert with a long family walk and then come home and play a few board games.

More Thanksgiving Ideas and Tips:

What is on your menu for Thanksgiving dinner this year?



  1. says

    I love the idea of fudge as an appetizer :) Your menu sounds delicious. We celebrate Thanksgiving in October because of my family’s Canadian roots, but I’m always forced to serve chicken instead of turkey as you can’t get turkey here in the UK that time of year! Other than that, it’s stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie on our menu :)

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