Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
Meal Ideas Continued...
This next set of Thanksgiving ideas is all about skipping the
traditional turkey and trying something new.
has been a tradition for many households for many years for
At one time Benjamin Franklin suggested that the
turkey be the national bird instead of the bald eagle.
Honestly, Tom the Turkey doesn’t always want to be the center of
attention - especially at dinner.
Tom the Turkey is happy to see many people substituting other dishes as
the main dish.
some alternatives to Turkey to use for your Thanksgiving meal ideas.
Meal Ideas - Fish
One alternative to turkey is fish. Fish like salmon are high in omega-3
fatty acids. Fish like salmon and tuna are good for lowering “bad”
cholesterol in your body.
A main dish of salmon with wild rice and
green beans not only tastes great but is a well balanced and healthy
meal for you to celebrate the holiday.
To jazz up that salmon, add a
pecan or parmesan crust.
Meal Ideas - Chicken
What about chicken? A roasted chicken is smaller than a turkey for a
more intimate gathering.
A small whole chicken can be
fried, or both, depending on your taste buds.
There is less cooking
time as well which is always a plus if you ask the cook.
You can even
prepare the chicken earlier in the day and then warm it up for the full
Meal Ideas - White
For some, Thanksgiving just would not be the same without turkey. For
one reason or another they don’t need or want a big 20 pound turkey.
Instead, select a roasted turkey breast or turkey cutlets. They bake up
quickly and leave less of a mess to clean up after dinner.
Meal Ideas - Vegetarian
doesn’t have to be meat on the table at all as vegetarians will
tell you. Set the table with a variety of casserole dishes.
broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and
other vegetable dishes can fill you up and keep you from missing the
Some vegetarians create a tofu turkey as their centerpiece as
well to help set the “mood” for the occasion.
The menu for Thanksgiving is not set in stone so go over your meal
planning ideas and try something new this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks with friends and family
regardless of what you set on the table.
Reduce Stress for the Cook
For all of you who generally prepare the meals, this set of
Thanksgiving meal ideas are for you. They are all about ways to reduce
the stress of preparing the holiday.
Here are some ideas to help you feel less
stress and give you more time to get it in on the fun.
Clean your home before Thanksgiving Day.
We all want the place to look
great for our guests but the same day as the meal is not the best time
to do it.
If everyone chips in and takes a different section of the
house, it’ll get straightened out in no time.
duties. There is no written rule that says mom has to cook it
The kitchen is everyone’s place on Thanksgiving Day.
Even the kids
can do their share by peeling potatoes or slicing up fruit and
vegetables for a salad.
For younger ones, stirring and adding
ingredients prior to cooking is a fun task they are sure to delight in.
Just be careful that they aren’t tossing in army men or dolly shoes
while you’re basting the turkey.
Set Before Turkey's Done
Set the table. We always leave that until last but there really is no
reason to. If dinner will be buffet style, arrange the buffet servers,
utensils, sterno jars, and the dinnerware a day or two ahead of time.
Make a list and check it twice. Don’t end up with more turkey than you
need. Write the names of everyone who is coming so that there is enough
turkey for a full serving for each person. This cuts down on leftovers
which seem to take over the refrigerator for at least a week.
disposable pans. When roasting the turkey, ham, chicken, and/or
other meats, do so in disposable roasting pans.
The last thing anyone
wants to do is wash dishes after eating a big meal.
These pans come in
various sizes including ones perfect for side dishes and even breads.
When it’s all over, throw them in the trash can instead of spending the
evening washing every pot, pan and casserole dish in the house.
Ahead for Leftovers
Buy containers for leftovers. No one ever has enough to store food in
so they use the pans that they cooked in. Choose
smaller rather than larger containers so there is no space inside the
container that is not occupied by food.
The cheaper ones are disposable
as well so once the food is gone, get rid of the container without
worrying about anything being wasted.
With these tips your Thanksgiving day will be enjoyable for everyone.
In fact, you may find yourself with a bit of extra time to
enjoy some family activities.
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Try these soups to compliment your turkey dinner. Save
some of the left overs and make the soups the next day. It's a great
way to get in your turkey scraps over a hot bowl of soup.
Eating Healthy at Christmas
With this holiday right around the corner, find out ways you can eat
healthier and still enjoy some holiday treats.
Healthy Turkey Recipes
Find more ways to enjoy turkey everyday of the year with these recipes. From breakfast to dinner, snacks and appetizers, you are sure to find
something that pleases your taste buds.