Two Free She Plans Dinner Thanksgiving Menus? Yes, Please!
These aren’t just recipes. They’re our family history. There is nothing more important than family and food. They represent our sustenance and our soul. Food represents how we celebrate, how we come together, how we rejoice, how we mourn, and how we remain one.
—Viola Shipman, The Recipe Box
My favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. I love that it is the culmination of weeks of focusing on thankfulness, and days of cooking with my family. My mom, my sisters, my husband, my kids.
There are so many familiar dishes and scents of Thanksgiving. Juicy slices of turkey. Gorgeous smooth gravy topping fluffy mashed potatoes. Toasted hunks of bread stuffing, mixed with sausage and apples and roasted nuts. Green beans tossed with mushrooms and béchamel and roasted to perfection. Cranberry jello and cranberry salads. Home made rolls, fresh from the oven. Pies-apple, pumpkin, pecan.
It’s an art. It is a celebration. We’re reminded of generations of blessings.
I’m so happy to offer a bonus Thanksgiving menu to all my She Plans Dinner customers! And to everyone else too! The recipes I’ve included on the traditional Thanksgiving menu are tried and true variations of your familiar favorites. There is nothing crazy, and all the flavors really play nicely together. The turkey has a nice rub of lemon, rosemary, pepper, olive oil, salt and garlic. It makes for a delicious, moist turkey.
Rather than the traditional cream soup casserole, green bean casserole has all the components, without the cream soup. It is more work, but it’s worth the extra effort. And the stuffing. I make this recipe wherever we are celebrating Thanksgiving-be it our own home, or someone else’s. I love the toasted nuts and the sausage. The apples give a tiny bit of fruit, but nothing overwhelming. So good! And the squash. It’s not mashed-it’s roasted with a hint of garlic among the cinnamon and brown sugar. Wow! The Cranberry Creme Dream Salad is sweet and tart and perfect.
Finally, the desserts….I’m not a big fan of pumpkin pie. Consequently, I’ve included a different pumpkin dessert. The second dessert is Thoroughbred Pie, which is very similar to a pecan pie. But with chocolate.
Traditional Thanksgiving Menu
- Sausage & Apple Stuffing
- Cranberry Cream Dream Salad
- Sour Cream and Onion Smashed Potatoes
- Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
- Not Your Traditional Green Bean Casserole
- Mac & Cheese
- Thoroughbred Pie
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert
The Fit & Healthy Thanksgiving Menu battens down the hatches on the traditional dinner. Of course, the turkey is included, with a fantastic lemon and garlic rub. It is accompanied by a wild rice stuffing that includes sausage and apples, and is gluten-free. The squash is the same as above…lightly candied, with a hint of cayenne. Perfection! We dressed up our everyday salad with pears, goat cheese and Meyer lemon vinaigrette. It’s fun and special. Most importantly, the dinner closes with a treat of chocolate dipped strawberries. A perfect finish to a special meal!
Fit & Healthy Thanksgiving Menu
- Pear Salad With Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
- Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
- Wild Rice Stuffing
- Roasted Broccoli
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Not only does each menu contain the recipes, but it also included a step-by-step method for making each dish, and getting it on the table at the proper time.
Obviously, you can shop for and cook all the dishes yourself, with our handy grocery list, or you can parcel out the recipes amongst your friends and family. Whatever works best for you! Enjoy!
As a She Plans Dinner customer, a nice downloadable/printable version of the Thanksgiving menus and grocery lists is available through November 30, with your downloads tab in your account!