Next Week's Meal Plan

4 Easy Meals for Thanksgiving Week So You Can Relax and Enjoy the Holiday

updated Nov 19, 2021
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Routine is a comfort during busy times like Thanksgiving week, and it’s one of the many reasons I lean on meal planning. Between coordinating family and planning our Thanksgiving meal, I’m kind of decision-fatigued — so I’m leaning on a meal plan template to make the dinner decisions for me. Here are the four dinners I’m serving before and after our festive Thanksgiving meal and a look at what we’re eating in my household on Turkey Day.

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Monday: Pepperoni Pizza Baked Pasta

As is our routine, we’re starting the week with pasta. This easy pasta bake will keep warm while we wait for my in-laws to arrive from out of town and to feed them when they walk in the door.

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Tuesday: Loaded Black Bean Nachos

I’m planning to do my last-minute Thanksgiving shopping on Tuesday after work, so my husband is squarely in charge of this dinner. For our kiddos, we’ll leave half of the sheet pan without the spicy salsa and pickled jalapeños.

Get the recipe: Loaded Black Bean Nachos

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Wednesday: Gingery Poached Egg Soup

The evening before Thanksgiving I tend to want the antithesis of roasted turkey and buttery potatoes. We’re making this gingery poached egg soup that comes together — I swear — in 15 minutes. I’ll add some microwave-steamed edamame to complete the meal.

Get the recipe: Gingery Poached Egg Soup

Credit: Lauren Volo

Thursday: Thanksgiving Dinner

I’m doing my best to make this my personally easiest Thanksgiving ever (I tend to do too much, to be quite honest). I’m making our bacon-wrapped turkey which requires no brining or futzing the day of, vegan mashed potatoes for their short ingredient list, five-ingredient dressing, and sweet potato casserole. I’ve got freezer biscuits prepped already and I’m planning to quickly cook some green beans on the stovetop. Guests (and my mother in-law) are in charge of dessert!

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Friday: Cheesy Turkey and Cranberry Skillet Monkey Bread

While I’m at the store buying my turkey, I am grabbing a can of biscuits and some grated cheddar cheese to make this loaded skillet bread for a fast dinner on Friday. It makes perfect use of Thanksgiving leftovers.

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