Thanksgiving Meal Planning 2020

Since we’re all celebrating the holidays differently this year, the only “for sure” Thanksgiving plans I have is that I’m going to cook. And plan a menu. For who? My husband. And maybe if my siblings drop by, they’re obviously welcome too. Here is the menu I’m preparing this year.

Thanksgiving Sides

Stuffing Muffins from A Cozy Kitchen

Adrianna did this recipe in partnership with Aldi, which is lucky for me because I now live walking distance from one and can pick up all the ingredients there. I like the thought of individual muffins of stuffing versus making a big batch since we’re likely going to be 4 people max this year.

Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts from Delish

I test made a batch earlier this week and it came out delicious. The gruyere cheese is so nice with the charred brussels sprouts. I substituted in turkey bacon since I’m off pork again, and did a shredded gruyere and swiss cheese blend instead of cheddar.

Cranberry Sauce from Trader Joe’s

I’ve never made cranberry sauce before, so I wanted to start with something really basic and easy: the recipe on the back of the bag of organic cranberries I bought from Trader Joe’s.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Me

The key to creamy, luscious mashed potatoes is heavy cream, garlic, and some yogurt. I make this dish by feel and also did a test batch earlier this week.

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10 Minute Mac & Cheese from Foods of Jane

For the longest time when I was young, I couldn’t get the smooth, velvety cheese sauce when I made Mac n Cheese. Then I found the key ingredient, which is either heavy cream or milk with corn starch. As promised, this recipe gets you there in 10 minutes.

The Turkey

Popeye’s Cajun Turkey

If there were ever a time to order turkey from a fast food restaurant, this year takes the cake. With how good their fried chicken sandwich is, I’m optimistic they can season a turkey well too. Stay tuned.


Spiced Sweet Sweet Potato Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting from Benjamina Ebuehi

I have Benjamina’s book “A New Way to Cake” and 9 out of 10 recipes have come out amazingly. I’ve been waiting for the colder weather to try out this Sweet Potato Loaf, which I think will be a nice deviation from pumpkin pie.


Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Puddings by Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark has a series of recipes for two for Thanksgiving this year (super helpful). Her Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Puddings sound amazing – a perfect balance between salty and sweet. Plus, I love using the broiler.