Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

This Thanksgiving Dinner Menu will inspire you with recipes for what to cook and the guide will help organize your feast to enjoy the holiday!

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If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving Dinner Menu and how to plan for the big day, this guide will show you what you need to do to prepare for the big feast and includes some of our favorite recipes! Thanksgiving is known as a family-bonding holiday, but the cooks in the family (i.e. me!) spend most of it stuck in the kitchen. Rather than taking the entire day to prepare one meal, you can prepare a number of Thanksgiving recipes in advance to serve or reheat the next day.

Yumna holding plate of carved turkey in front of dining room table horizontal version

Below are a few tips that will help you organize your Thanksgiving dinner with a menu to choose from and an action plan, whether you plan a large or small celebration with the Thanksgiving recipes you’ll need…desserts included!

Three weeks ahead

I know you just put away the Halloween decorations, but now is the time to get a jump on planning the next holiday menu. Time to get a jump on Thanksgiving.

  • Count your people: This year might be slightly larger than last year’s more intimate gathering. Whether it’s just your immediate family or a larger bubble, the first step is nailing down your number.
  • Plan a menu: Peruse your recipe collection and draw up a menu. Think about balancing your Thanksgiving dinner’s flavors, colors, and textures to provide pops of color like orange squash and green veggies among the beige turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes.
  • Delegate: If guests are expecting, figure out what you want them to bring. Ask the less culinarily inclined to bring nuts, olives, a cheese platter, a bakery treat, or bottled drinks.
  • Start shopping: Stock up on non-perishables like drinks, canned pumpkin puree, baking supplies, canned stock, or anything you can freeze ahead of time. Choose your seasonal produce to add to the list, too.
  • Order up: If you order your turkey and or pies or rolls from a specific source, now is the time to make sure you are first on the list.
  • Cook or bake ahead: Lots of things, like homemade cranberry sauce or chicken stock (for gravy) and pie crust or even whole pies, can be made ahead and frozen. Refer to your particular recipes for guidance.
  • Check your non-food items: Did you shatter your gravy boat during last year’s Thanksgiving dinner? Do you have enough chairs, plates, glasses, and flatware? A reliable meat thermometer and a roasting pan? Want an excuse to order new placemats? Now is the time to buy or borrow whatever you might need.
Yumna seasoning mashed potatoes in a serving bowl nexty to baked macaroni and cheese and a large turkey platter with kale leaves.

One week before thanksgiving dinner 

  • Buy the food: At this point, you can purchase all but the most perishable fresh foods.
  • Schedule your defrosting: Did you buy a frozen turkey or freeze something substantial like a casserole or pie? Determine how long it needs to defrost and make room in the fridge. This chart gives tons of great turkey info, including defrosting times for turkeys based on weight.
  • Make gravy, pie dough, or cranberry sauce: If you haven’t made any of these very keepable items, get busy. Even gravy, if you aren’t wedded to making it the day of from pan drippings, can be made three to four days out with separately roasted turkey or chicken parts.
  • Get the kids involved: Literally, nothing is cuter than those turkeys that kids make by tracing their tiny hands. Use the drawings for place cards for the Thanksgiving dinner. Get out the googly eyes and pinecones, too. Can they help you with any baking projects? Check out my guide on tips for cooking with children.
  • Plan your pickups: Especially this year, with some restrictions happening around crowds, picking up pre-ordered items may be more time-consuming than usual. Plan ahead.

Two days ahead 

Transferring turkey drippings from pan to saucepan
  • Re-assess: Figure out what needs to be done and try and delegate anything you can, such as picking up extra drinks, ice, or ordering an extra pie.
  • Go through your recipes: Add any missing ingredients to your last-minute Thanksgiving dinner shopping list.
  • Pick up your fresh turkey: And other perishables you have waited on.
  • Brine away: If you subscribe to these methods, wet or dry, brine your bird.
  • Assemble serving ware: If you have room, haul out everything you need.
  • Set the table: If you have a separate dining room that is not in heavy use, consider starting to set the table or enlist your kids to do it.

One day ahead 

  • Breathe: You are probably in good shape!
  • Bake: If you haven’t baked ahead, the night before is a great time to do it.
  • Wash, chop, and prep: Which recipes are you making tomorrow, that you can prep ingredients tonight? Wash herbs, chop onions, dice squash, etc., to save time. Some dishes like dressing might be able to be fully assembled and refrigerated, ready to dress the salad the next day.
  • Create a schedule: It’s your stove’s busiest day of the year! Do a rough estimate of what needs to cook and when. Remember, slow cookers and Instant Pots can be deployed as extra burners to keep side dishes or soups warm!
  • Order pizza: Or another takeout, because it is hard to prep and cook a regular dinner, too.
Yumna removing potatoes from oven

Thanksgiving dinner day 🦃

  • Put final touches on recipes: This is the time to assemble everything that was washed, chopped, and prepped the day before.
  • Follow your schedule: You took the time to create a schedule, so follow it to keep it cool. This is especially important for the oven.
  • Enjoy and be grateful! 🙂
Guest holding Thanksgiving menu listing starters, main coures, and dessert over a dinner plate and table full of prepared recipes from the menu.

Thanksgiving dinner menu 2023

This year’s menu is a little different because I’m skipping the turkey and replacing it with a roasted prime rib instead. You can even feature both if you have a big gathering! I host my friends every year for a Friendsgiving meal that features the menu and I will be adding the Lentil Shepard’s Pie (recipe coming soon!) for one of my vegan friends.

  • Herb Crusted Prime Rib – Impress your guests with this simple prime rib recipe. It has basic and easily accessible ingredients but delivers big flavor and comes out perfectly every time!
  • Easy Au Jus – This year, I’m swapping the traditional gravy with this easy au jus that’s conveniently made with prime rib drippings. It will instantly add flavor to any entree or side!
  • Massaged Kale Salad – If you don’t like kale salads because they are bitter and rough, try massaged kale salad. It will be an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving feast with its tender kale, maple-sweetened dressing, and cranberries.
  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – This lightened-up version of a classic is made with more veggies and a little less cheese but just as flavorful and creamy.
  • Balsamic Brussel Sprouts – The caramelized exterior and tender interior of these balsamic-glazed Brussels sprouts will be a huge hit at your Thanksgiving feast this year.
  • Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes – Give this classic a new tangy twist by blending Greek yogurt into your mashed potatoes. It comes out perfectly creamy, fluffy, and delicious!
  • Green Beans with Almonds – A light and crisp fresh side dish to serve on Thanksgiving, and offers a nutritious and colorful dish to add to your meal.
  • French Bread Rolls – Pillowy soft dinner rolls with a French bread crust are a total crowd-pleaser that will become the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread this year.
  • Vegan Sweet Potato Pie – This is a lighter take on a classic dessert made with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and warm fall spices.
  • Cranberry Mocktail – You’ll love this refreshing twist on a holiday drink. It has the perfect blend of cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, and club soda!

Thanksgiving dinner menu 2022

Pick and choose a few of these well-thought-out Thanksgiving recipes, from the sides to desserts, and the pièce de résistance, a beautifully roasted turkey breast, great for a smaller crowd or when you don’t want to fuss with a whole bird.

  • Dry Brined Turkey Breast – Juicy, tender, and packed with flavor! If you haven’t tried dry brining a turkey breast, I highly recommended it! This is a fantastic alternative to roasting a whole turkey.
  • Smashed Sweet Potatoes – A deliciously easy side dish that uses savory spices and parmesan cheese that creates a crispy crust and soft inside.
  • Vegan Mushroom Gravy – Scratch made with caramelized mushrooms and onions, this easy gravy recipe is perfect over creamy mashed potatoes and your holiday turkey.
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes – The best garlic mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat! This recipe infuses garlic in the cream sauce and adds roasted garlic to the final dish. Yum!
  • Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts – The many textures are what really elevate this clean, crisp salad with sweet pears, blue cheese crumbles, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and a zesty citrus honey mustard vinaigrette.
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing – Made with sourdough bread and cooked outside the turkey it’s a vegetarian side that your guests are sure to gush about!
  • Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Crispy and delicious, this is a quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish that has all the flavor without the fuss.
  • Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Creamy, buttery, and cheesy macaroni is baked and topped with homemade breadcrumbs for a super simple side dish.
  • Cranberry Orange Sauce – Thanksgiving is better with cranberry orange sauce! Just 4 ingredients, and you have a delicious homemade side for the table.
  • Pecan Pie – This is a healthier version of the classic dessert that uses dates instead of corn syrup. Just as tasty, super simple to make, and a satisfying Thanksgiving dessert as you’d expect!
Table spread of Thanksgiving dishes.

Thanksgiving dinner menu 2021

With this menu, you can serve up classics like Thanksgiving turkey, gravy, and made-from-scratch green bean casserole. But you’ll also find tasty twists like in cranberry relish and mashed potatoes made with olive oil. This menu has the best of both worlds.

  • Easy Thanksgiving Turkey – If you’re looking for a fail-proof turkey roasting method, try this Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe for a perfectly cooked bird with no fuss!
  • Simple Gravy Recipe – This quick and easy gravy is made from scratch using drippings from your Thanksgiving turkey.
  • Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes – These vegan mashed potatoes are just as velvety, creamy, and delicious as those made with cream and butter.
  • Healthy Green Bean Casserole – You’ll love the flavor of the scratch-made mushroom soup and fresh green beans in this casserole to serve on your Thanksgiving table.
  • Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad – This is a fantastic make-ahead salad recipe that can be served as a started or a side dish with caramelized roasted butternut squash, kale, quinoa, pomegranate, and crumbled feta.
  • Cheesy Potato Cauliflower Bake – An easy cheesy side dish that is always a crowd favorite. It’s simple to make with a few ingredients and is excellent for pairing with your annual Thanksgiving feast!
  • Baked Cranberry Relish – Hands-off recipe? Yes, please! This easy holiday side dish is exactly what you want on your menu, so you can focus on creating other delicious recipes.
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies – These individual pumpkin pies are so easy to make and are the perfect treat for Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.
Thanksgiving dinner table 2021 with carved turkey, sides and dessert

Other Thanksgiving Recipes to Try

Pick and choose from an array of Thanksgiving recipes to build the perfect dinner menu with starters, soup and salad ideas, the main dish, sides, and desserts. I’ve included a few breakfast ideas to get your holiday morning started off right.

And if you’re looking to save some time on Thanksgiving day, consider making some of these dishes ahead of time. They can take a load off on the big day, and some actually taste better that way! Here’s a full list of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes for you to narrow down your menu.

Starters for Thanksgiving

  • Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl –  This elegant baked brie cranberry in a pull-apart bread bowl for dipping is so easy to make and only uses 3 ingredients! 
  • Mushroom Tartlets – These cheesy mushroom tartlets are the perfect appetizer for holiday parties – made with onions, mushrooms, and cheese on top of a buttery, flaky mini pastry!
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms – A perfect bite-size appetizer at your next holiday gathering. Stuffed mushrooms are crowd-pleasing finger food that you can prepare ahead of time.
  • Cream Cheese Spinach Dip – This Cream Cheese Spinach Dip is a rich, creamy dip that is made with greek yogurt instead of sour cream – great with bread and crackers!
  • Artichoke Tahini Dip – This creamy baked artichoke dip is meant for sharing! Served hot, bake it in the oven before being served to the table, or place it in a chafing dish.
  • Charcuterie Board – Cheese boards are perfect for displaying an array of finger foods like cheeses, fruits, nuts, crackers, and jams.
  • Butter Board with Fruit – This viral TikTok recipe may be the new charcuterie board fad, but you can really get creative with fresh fruit, nuts, and honey or try and savory topping instead.
  • Baked Brie Appetizer – Another cheese board option with creamy baked brie with pomegranate, nuts, and honey.
  • Candied Walnuts – Add these oven-roasted candied walnuts to a cheese board, on top of a salad or sweet potatoes, or as a crunchy sweet addition to dessert.
4 image collage of different appetizer ideas.

Soups and Salads

  • Roasted Pumpkin Soup – A healthy and delicious cozy soup perfect for the fall that’s made with roasted pumpkin and seasoned with cinnamon, sage, cayenne, and maple syrup.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – Another warm and comforting soup that is smooth, creamy, and only uses a few pantry staples. It’s a light starter to your Thanksgiving feast.
  • Acorn Squash Soup – Made with yogurt, this light version is hearty, filling, and oh-so-delicious.
  • Wild Rice Mushrooms Soup – Hearty grains and a variety of mushrooms come together in this nourishing and incredibly satisfying soup.
  • Fall Harvest Salad – A festive, delicious salad to include in your holiday spread that’s full of colors, textures, and tastes.
  • Roasted Beet Salad – Roasted Beet Salad is made with two types of seasonal beets and served over a bed of arugula.
  • Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Salad – A veggie-loaded nutritious salad that can be served cold or hot, this is the perfect side for so many dishes, especially during the fall!
  • Apple Walnut Salad – Vegan and vibrant, this apple and quinoa salad is quick to make and oh-so-delicious!
  • Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad – Fresh, light, and packed with healthy ingredients, this salad can be ready to serve in just 15 minutes.
4 image collage of different soup and salad starters.


  • Roasted Chicken with Garlic & Herbs – An alternative to turkey, this easy-to-make whole-roasted chicken is full of flavor and wonderfully juicy.
  • Rosemary Roasted Whole Chicken – You’ll love this rosemary-stuffed chicken cooked over shallots for it’s perfect crispy, buttery skin and juicy meat.
  • Roasted Salmon in Butter – This oven-baked salmon is a departure from traditional turkey but will be such a winner. The salt-infused butter sauce made with fresh oregano and parsley is a mouthwatering combination that perfectly flavors salmon.
  • Baked Lamb Chops – Irresistible lamb chops are marinated with garlic, rosemary, olive oil, and a touch of lemon before popping them in the oven to bake to tender perfection.
Placing carved thanksgiving platter on table

Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

  • Melting Sweet Potatoes – This lighter version of candied sweet potatoes literally melts and dissolves in your mouth for a delicious bite.
  • Roasted Parmesan Potatoes – These crispy oven-roasted parmesan potatoes are easy to make & taste amazing. The butter, parmesan, and spices soak right in while crisping up the outside!
  • Healthy Mashed Potatoes – A must-have Thanksgiving side dish, these mashed potatoes are made lighter by using low-fat sour cream and made more flavorful with vegetable broth.
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes – This savory recipe is a lighter option to the sugar-loaded, marshmallow-topped counterpart and is still full of naturally sweet flavor.
  • Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes – Mashed and roasted collide in these perfectly smashed potatoes. Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside!
  • Cheesy Gouda Scalloped Potatoes – Rich, cheesy, and oh-so-creamy. Your guests won’t be able to resist this mouthwatering potato side dish.
  • Potato Galette – Thinly sliced potatoes are coated with roasted garlic ghee and herbs and baked to golden perfection. It’s visually stunning, which makes it extra special.
  • Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts – Use the oven for other dishes and make these crispy Brussels sprouts in the oven in just 15 minutes!
  • Creamed Corn – Delicious and easy, this vegetarian corn side dish is a must this Thanksgiving made with cream cheese and cheddar.
  • Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts – These little sprout halves are coated in a crispy layer of parmesan cheese that’ll have your guests, even the pickiest of eaters, coming back for more.
  • Vegetarian Stuffing – Made with roasted vegetables and fresh herbs, it is also dairy free and vegan.
  • Homemade Dinner Rolls – No Thanksgiving is complete without fresh rolls, and this recipe is easy to make and comes out perfectly light and fluffy.
6 image collage of tradtional side dish ideas.


  • Baked Apple Slices – Fill your house with amazing Fall spices and serve these warm baked apples with a scoop of ice cream.
  • Easy Apple Pie – This easy apple pie is a quintessential fall recipe that you can make with pre-made pie dough and basic ingredients- perfect for Thanksgiving
  • No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake –  If you love pumpkin pie and cheesecake, this recipe is for you! It’s creamy, pumpkin-y, and the perfect holiday dessert.
  • Apple Bread Pudding – This bread pudding has a creamy custard, and fresh apples baked into a decadent dessert and so good served warm with homemade ice cream on top!
  • No-Bake Cheesecake Cups – Perfect for making a day or two before the big holiday feast, this no-bake dessert is made with Greek yogurt for a light version of cheesecake.
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies – These tasty morsels are perfect for using up leftover pumpkin from holiday baking with just a few pantry ingredients.
  • Apple Crisp – The perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon, and an oat topping!
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie – With creamy coconut milk filling, it’s the perfect dairy-free dessert to serve for Thanksgiving.
  • Sweet Potato Bites – These sweet treats are like individual servings of sweet potato casserole. Kids and adults will love these!
  • Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust – This pumpkin pie version eliminates the risk of getting tough crust and promises a tender, easy-to-make, irresistible pumpkin pie every time.
  • Cranberry Cake – Cranberries don’t have to be reserved for the sauce only; turn these tart berries into a tasty pound cake made with orange and toasted almonds.
5 image collage of dessert recipes.

What to have for Breakfast on Thanksgiving

The morning of Thanksgiving can be hectic, but these recipes are festive and easy to make to get your morning started. Consider baking muffins, loaves of sweet bread, and cinnamon rolls ahead of time for a grab-and-go breakfast option.

  • Cinnamon Apple Bread – An Autumn favorite, this recipe is packed with apple flavor and cinnamon that’s easy to make days before for a no-fuss breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes – These are rich, fluffy, and super easy to make. Wake up the household with the aromatic pumpkin spice pancakes to start the holiday off right!
  • Easy French Toast Casserole – This sweet breakfast casserole is a tasty holiday breakfast! It’s quick to prepare, and there’s no need for overnight chilling – perfect for a crowd.
  • Cranberry Lemon Muffins – Bursting with cranberries and citrus zest, these can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.
  • Sweet Potato Waffles – Maybe save this one for the day after Thanksgiving as a way to use leftover sweet potatoes for a wholesome breakfast.
  • Vegan Cinnamon Rolls – Perfect to make the night before, these cinnamon rolls are easy to make and are wonderfully fluffy and sweet.
  • Broccoli and Cheese Quiche – Go ahead and bake this quiche recipe and freeze it until the night before Thanksgiving. Warm in the oven the morning of for a quick healthy breakfast.
  • Veggie Omelet – Chop the veggies during your prep day to whip up this cheesy omelet in no time.
  • Mushroom Frittata – This vegetarian, hearty, and easily customizable frittata is made with mushrooms, kale, and Parmesan and can be ready in 30 minutes.
  • Pumpkin Banana Muffins – Moist and perfectly balanced with warm spices and ripe banana, pumpkin puree, and total deliciousness.
4 image collage of breakfast ideas.


  • Oven: Once you’ve baked everything, set it to 200°F and store dishes in there to keep them warm.
  • Aluminum Foil: If your oven is not free, you can simply use aluminum foil, which has reflective properties that protect the food from light and oxygen. The foil reflects the thermal energy back to the food, which maintains moisture, flavor, and texture.
  • Slow Cookers and Instant Pots: Think of recipes that can be made in your slow cooker or instant pot that will keep warm during the party. You can even use them to keep food warm even if you don’t cook in them.
  • Insulated coolers: You can use a cooler to keep food hot as well as cold. The insulation technology that keeps out the heat to maintain cold foods also works to trap heat in and keep food hot for hours at a time. You can even line the cooler with aluminum foil for even better results.
  • Chafing buffet set: You can use disposable chafing dishes to keep everything warm. Set up a table to display all the hot dishes for easy access and maintain temperature throughout your meal.


If you’re like me, you always end up with leftovers after any big gathering. And while I’m not complaining (leftovers are the best!), it can be tricky to know how to store all of them. Here are a few tips:

  • Cool it down. Make sure everything is cooled completely before storing.
  • Label everything with the name and date. This will help you keep track of what’s what and also ensure that nothing gets lost in the back of the fridge.
  • Use plastic containers or freezer bags. This will help keep your food fresh and prevent it from drying out.
  • Save or trash? If you have any perishable items (like meat or dairy), make sure to store them in the fridge. If they have sat out longer than 4 hours, it’s probably best to throw it out.
  • Repurpose leftovers. Give Thanksgiving leftovers new life by repurposing them in new dishes. Check out irresistible recipes with mashed potatoes and delicious leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes.

MUST-HAVE GADGETS FOR Thanksgiving Dinner

From baking and cooking wares and items to make serving easy and painless to common and super helpful gadgets for prepping, here are some of my go-to Thanksgiving day kitchen and serving items:

Cookware & Bakeware

  • roasting pan – A good roasting pan is a must when cooking a whole turkey. There are a variety of sizes to meet your needs.
  • ceramic baking dishes – For a lovely tablescape, grab a set of baking dishes that match your theme or are simplistic enough to let the food be the show stopper of Thanksgiving dinner.
  • wire baking rack – A wire rack is an excellent ware for baking bread, cookies, appetizers, and such.
  • glass pie plate – Homemade pies bake up great in glass pie dishes, and these can be used for gifting a pie to friends and family, too!
  • meat thermometer – One thing you want to ensure is food is cooked thoroughly. Invest in a good meat thermometer!

Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

  • carving set – Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a beautiful turkey carving set.
  • chafing buffet set – Keep food warm throughout dinner and have a place for cooked dishes to keep temp while you finish baking and cooking all the food.
  • gravy boat – Where else would scratch-made gravy go if not in a traditional serving dish?

Gadgets for Prepping Food

  • garlic press – You can cut it all by hand if you want. Or, get a press to make preparing garlic a breeze.
  • vegetable peeler – Peel everything you need with a sturdy vegetable or y-peeler.
  • hand mixer – Have a reliable hand mix at the ready for potatoes, batters, and more.
  • food processor – Prepare so many recipes with ease using a food processor. Easy to use and clean, and it makes prepping that much easier.
  • mandoline slicer – Thanksgiving is a large meal; you could use an extra hand or get through prep using a slicer. Either way, you’ll get recipes together more quickly!
Yumna setting down cranberries on table

I hope the planner walking you through the week of Thanksgiving and these turkey day recipe ideas will help you plan your menu a little easier! It’s such a busy day in the kitchen; we can all use a little help!


Check out the picture cards for all the recipes listed above. You can click on any of the recipe cards to take you directly to those recipes.

Prime rib on a serving platter.
Entree, Main Course, Main Dish

Garlic and Herb Crusted Prime Rib Roast

The easy Garlic & Herb Crusted Prime Rib recipe is a perfect mid-rare and super easy to make! The oven does all the work and you get all the credit!
1 day 23 hours 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
How to make au jus.
Sauces, Tutorial

How to Make Au Jus

Learn how to make a savory au jus by simmering beef drippings, broth, and seasonings. Ideal for enhancing the taste of your roast beef or prime rib!
30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Massaged kale salad.
Salad, Side Dish

Massaged Kale Salad

The trick to this Massaged Kale Salad is rubbing the leaves with dressing until they soften and darken, turning bitterness into deliciousness!
10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
Butternut squash mac and cheese in a bowl.
Main Course, Side Dish

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is a lightened version of the recipe but with added servings of vegetables and less cheese – it's creamy and comforting!
30 minutes
5 from 70 votes
Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
Side, Side Dish

Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

These easy oven-roasted balsamic Brussels sprouts are so good! With a honey and garlic glaze in addition to the balsamic, it makes for a delicious flavor combination.
35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Greek yogurt mashed potatoes.
Side, Side Dish

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

Try mixing Greek yogurt into your mashed potatoes for a creamier, tangy flavor. It's a simple way to make your potatoes extra delicious.
30 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Close up of green beans with almonds with lemon wedges.
Side Dish

Green Beans with Almonds

If you’re looking for something lighter than green bean casserole for Thanksgiving, try my pan-roasted crisp and tender Green Beans with Almonds side dish!
15 minutes
5 from 113 votes
French Bread Rolls.
Side, Side Dish

French Bread Rolls

French bread rolls have a perfect balance of textures, with a golden-brown crust that delicately crackles and gives way to a pillowy-soft interior.
1 hour 42 minutes
5 from 14 votes
Sweet potato pie.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Vegan sweet potato pie is a rich, creamy dessert made with coconut milk and warm fall spices. It's a lighter take on a classic dessert and perfect for the holidays!
5 hours 40 minutes
4.9 from 29 votes
Cranberry orange mocktail in a glass with orange slices and fresh mint leaves.

Cranberry Mocktail

For a refreshing twist on a holiday drink, try this sweet-tart Cranberry Mocktail made with the perfect blend of cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, and club soda!
5 minutes
5 from 16 votes

Dry Brine Turkey Breast

This dry brine, bone-in, skin-on turkey breast is juicy, tender, and packed with flavor! If you haven't tried dry brining your bird I highly recommended it!
1 day 2 hours 40 minutes
5 from 49 votes
Sweet potato rounds garnished with parsley and parmesan in a serving dish with turkey slices and cranberry sauce nearby.
Side Dish

Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Crispy smashed sweet potatoes roasted in the oven with savory spices and parmesan cheese! A way to cook sweet potatoes that actually yields a crispy outside!
55 minutes
5 from 74 votes
White gravy boat with the final vegan mushroom gravy and a spoon scooping some out.
Sauces, Side Dish

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Easy, Vegan Mushroom Gravy. Made from scratch with caramelized mushrooms & onions and fresh herbs. Learn how to make it for a versatile gravy option!
30 minutes
5 from 49 votes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes in a large serving bowl with a side of smashed sweet potatoes nearby.
Side Dish

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The best, most garlicky garlic mashed potatoes you'll ever eat! These roasted garlic mashed potatoes use two whole heads of garlic! You've got to try them!
1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 29 votes
Final plating of the pear salad with dressed kale, pear, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and cleu cheese.

Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts

This kale and pear salad is topped with dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and tangy blue cheese. It's a great fall salad for kale and pear lovers alike!
10 minutes
5 from 79 votes
Side Dish

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Homemade Thanksgiving stuffing with sourdough bread, fresh herbs and veggies. This is a vegetarian stuffing made outside the turkey everyone will enjoy!
1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Large bowl of roasted brussel sprouts with a spoon added in.
Side Dish

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts are an easy sheet pan side dish. They're simplistic in flavor with garlic, salt & pepper, letting the sprouts shine through!
35 minutes
5 from 15 votes
Large baking dish of baked macaroni cheese with breadcrumb topping, fresh herb garnishing, a serving spoon next to it with a scoop removed from dish.
Entree, Side Dish

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is easy to make & topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs. It’s a kid favorite but sophisticated enough for adults!
45 minutes
5 from 97 votes
Bowl of cranberry orange sauce garnished with orange zest and fresh sprig of thyme with a spoon dipped in.
Side Dish

Cranberry Orange Sauce/Relish

Homemade cranberry orange sauce/relish! Fresh cranberries, orange juice, and zest make up an amazing sauce for Thanksgiving turkey, duck, and even lamb!
22 minutes
5 from 27 votes

Pecan Pie

This easy pecan pie recipe is made without corn syrup and with dates instead. It's a healthier version of a traditional pecan pie but just as tasty!
1 hour 36 minutes
5 from 110 votes
Final easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe on a serving plate

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

If you're looking for a fail-proof turkey roasting method, try this Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe for a perfectly cooked bird with no fuss!
3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 91 votes
Condiments, Tutorial

How to Make Gravy

Learn how to make gravy from scratch with your turkey drippings this Thanksgiving. Quick and easy, you can make it while your turkey is resting.
10 minutes
5 from 25 votes
Olive oil mashed potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil on top
Side Dish

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

These olive oil mashed potatoes are an easy and delicious side dish. Quick to prepare, it's a great vegan recipe to make all year long!
25 minutes
5 from 27 votes
Healthy green bean casserole with panko breadcrumbs on top
Side Dish

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Made from scratch with a homemade mushroom soup, this green bean casserole is healthier and lighter but still big on flavor for Thanksgiving!
35 minutes
5 from 59 votes
Salad, Side Dish

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

This Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad is a seasonal recipe that is perfect for holiday gatherings and Thanksgiving- bursting with color & flavor
1 hour
5 from 189 votes
Top down shot of Potato Cauliflower Bake
Side Dish

Cauliflower Casserole

This cheesy Cauliflower casserole with potatoes is a delicious side dish that's quick and easy – pair it with weeknight dinners or Thanksgiving turkey!
1 hour
5 from 208 votes
Baked Cranberry Relish in a white bowl and spoon, garnished with orange slices and pecans
Side Dish

Baked Cranberry Sauce

This Baked Cranberry Sauce is a great thanksgiving side dish that practically makes itself in the oven! Leftovers can be used like jam after!
1 hour 2 minutes
4.9 from 46 votes
Mini pumpkin pies on a large plate with whipped cream in the middle

Mini Pumpkin Pies

These Mini Pumpkin Pies are individualized portions of pumpkin pie, which are perfect for serving for Thanksgiving or during the holidays!
45 minutes
4.9 from 37 votes
Baked brie cranberry in bread bowl after baked. Slice of bread being pulled away

Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl

For your Thanksgiving, Christmas and any holiday parties, try this elegant easy 3 ingredient baked brie cranberry in a pull-apart bread bowl for dipping! 
25 minutes
5 from 165 votes
Plate of mushroom tartlets garnished with rosemary
Appetizer, Snacks

Mushroom Tartlets

These cheesy mushroom tartlets are the perfect appetizer for holiday parties – made with onions, mushrooms and cheese on top of a buttery flaky mini pastry!
35 minutes
5 from 262 votes

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect to serve as appetizers at your next holiday gathering. They are flavorful, cheesy crowd pleasing finger foods
25 minutes
5 from 295 votes
Cream cheese spinach dip with toasted bread

Cream Cheese Spinach Dip

This Cream Cheese Spinach Dip is a rich creamy dip that is a made with greek yogurt instead of sour cream – great with bread and crackers!
25 minutes
5 from 83 votes
Artichoke tahini dip with pita crackers on the side

Artichoke Tahini Dip

Loaded with flavor, this spinach and artichoke tahini dip is a crowd pleasing appetizer. Baked in the oven; best served with pita or crackers!
40 minutes
5 from 25 votes
Appetizer, Tutorial

Charcuterie Board

Check out my step-by-step guide for How to Make a Cheese Board. All you need is a few ingredients and 15 mins to create a beautiful platter for entertaining
15 minutes
4.5 from 8 votes
Butter board topped with fruit, nuts, and mit with some smeared off and a few slices of bread nearby.

Butter Board

Need a butter board recipe that's sweeter for breakfast or brunch? I've got you covered! Fresh berries, honey & nuts atop softened butter with bread. Yum!
10 minutes
5 from 13 votes
Close up shot of the baked brie appetizer plate

Baked Brie Appetizer

This Baked Brie appetizer is a cheese platter that will leave your guest speechless. Served on a Charcuterie board with apples, nuts, and crackers!
20 minutes
5 from 45 votes
Candied walnuts in a small bowl with a spoon dipped in and baking sheet with more on it nearby.

How to Make Candied Walnuts

Learn how to make candied walnuts from scratch with egg white, spices and of course sugar. Baked in the oven for a crunchy, caramelized coating!
50 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Close up shot of the pumpkin soup topped with pumpkin seeds and sage leaves

Pumpkin Soup

This roasted pumpkin soup is a delicious and easy recipe that the whole family will love. Simple to make and packed with veggies for a healthy vegan meal.
1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Roasted butternut squash soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This roasted butternut squash soup is healthy, vegan, and comforting! The coconut milk adds an additional depth of flavor and creaminess.
1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 172 votes
Acorn squash soup garnished with whole milk yogurt, toasted seeds and cilantro

Acorn Squash Soup

Creamy, hearty and filling, this roasted acorn squash soup is one delicious fall recipe. Made with yogurt, it's a great healthy option the whole family will love.
1 hour
5 from 75 votes
Large bowl of mushroom soup with wild rice and spoon inside bowl

Wild Mushroom Rice Soup

Warming and hearty, this wild rice mushroom soup is simple and easy to make. Made with a medley of mushrooms, this vegan one pot meal is full of flavor.
1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 28 votes
Fall harvest salad in a large bowl with an orange linen towel nearby

Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad is inspired by the seasonal veges that are popular in autumn – including kale, sweet potatoes and beets tossed in a tahini dressing!
50 minutes
5 from 33 votes
Roasted Beets Arugula Tomato Feta Salad - a fresh and light side salad in a large platter with feta cheese on the side

Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad is made with two types of seasonal beets and served over a bed or arugula; it's a fresh, light and nutritious summer salad
35 minutes
5 from 68 votes
Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Salad in a white bowl

Brussels Sprout & Sweet Potato Salad

No more boring salads! Easy to make, this Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Salad is full of flavor, color and texture – pairs with many main dishes
40 minutes
5 from 14 votes
Walnut apple quinoa salad serve in a large bowl with utensils

Apple Walnut Salad

This Apple Walnut Salad is a flavor and ingredient loaded fall-inspired salad that's vegan, nutrient dense and vibrant – perfect as a meal or side salad!
10 minutes
5 from 37 votes
Large bowl of shaved brussel sprouts salad topped with pecans, onions, cheese, cranberries and red onions

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe is quick to prepare and only requires a lemon and olive oil dressing, tossed with raisins, pecans and Parmesan.
15 minutes
5 from 22 votes
White plate with roasted chicken with lemon and herbs
Main Course

Roasted Chicken with Garlic & Herbs

Easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, this whole roasted chicken is cooked with garlic and herbs for a flavorful family meal.
1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 413 votes
Whole roasted chicken with rosemary and shallots in a cast iron pan with carving knife nearyby.
Entree, Main Dish

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Whole Chicken

This Lemon Rosemary Roasted Whole Chicken has the best crispy, buttery skin and juicy meat cooked over shallots for an easy chicken dinner prepared in one pan.
2 hours 20 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Roasted salmon and asparagus in baking dish garnished with thin lemon slices.
Entree, Main Dish

Roasted Salmon in Butter

Simple, yet full of flavor this oven roasted salmon is baked in a butter herb sauce with asparagus. It's ready in under 20 and sure to be a winner!
20 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Lamb chops on large serving platter garnished with rosemary and lemon wedges.

Baked Lamb Chops

Tender, oven-baked lamb chops marinated in rosemary, garlic, olive oil with just a hint of lemon. Roasted lamb chops are perfect for elegant dinner parties.
1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 621 votes
Large serving dish with melting sweet potatoes and pecans on the side
Side Dish

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Melting Sweet Potatoes are a lighter version of candied sweet potatoes! They are "just right" in the sweet department without losing the caramelization!
50 minutes
5 from 28 votes
Roasted parmesan potatoes on a serving dish cut side up to show crosshatch and crispy parmesan with a small pinch bowl of ranch, garnished with fresh parsley and serving spoon sitting on plate.
Side Dish

Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

These crispy oven-roasted parmesan potatoes are easy to make & taste amazing. The butter, parmesan, and spices soak right in while crisping up the outside!
45 minutes
5 from 252 votes
Side Dish

Healthy Mashed Potatoes

These Healthy Mashed Potatoes are light in calories since they’re made with low-fat sour cream, but loaded with flavor – must-have Thanksgiving side dish!
29 minutes
5 from 455 votes
Large oval casserole dish with healthy mashed sweet potatoes topped with butter and thyme
Side Dish

Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes are similar to a casserole but without the sugary topping. It's a lightened up savory recipe that pairs well with any protein!
20 minutes
5 from 293 votes
These Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes are a best of both worlds potato recipe - mashed and roasted! They are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and bursting with rosemary garlicky flavor. It's a creative healthy side-dish the whole family will love!
Side Dish

Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes are a best of both worlds recipe – mashed and roasted potatoes! They are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside
50 minutes
5 from 118 votes
Cheesy scalloped potatoes made with gouda cheese
Side Dish

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheesy scalloped potatoes with gouda and parmesan cheese seasoned with fresh thyme and garlic. This is one potato side dish everyone is sure to love!
1 hour 40 minutes
5 from 67 votes
Potato galette.
Side, Side Dish

Potato Galette

Potato galette layers thinly sliced potatoes coated with roasted garlic ghee and herbs that are pressed and baked for a golden, crispy crust.
2 hours 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Air fryer Brussel sprouts in a white bowl
Appetizer, Side Dish

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

It's so quick and easy to cook Brussel Sprouts in the air fryer! Ready to serve in 15 minutes, they have perfectly crispy edges and they are perfect to serve with so many meals.
15 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Large bowl of creamed corn with spoon inside for serving
Side Dish

Creamed Corn

This vegetarian homemade creamed corn recipe is an easy 15 minutes side dish that works with so many meals and made quickly on the stovetop!
15 minutes
5 from 86 votes
Parmesan crusted brussel sprouts in a baking dish flipped cut side up with crusted cheese with a serving spoon tucked and garnished with fresh parsley and flaky salt.
Side Dish

Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted to perfection, Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts are crispy and buttery, making them the ultimate side dish for any meal.
50 minutes
5 from 42 votes
Final vegetarian stuffing in a large casserole dish
Side Dish

Vegetarian Stuffing

Vegetarian stuffing is perfect to serve with your turkey for Thanksgiving. Made with roasted vegetables and fresh herbs, it is also dairy free and vegan.
2 hours
5 from 10 votes
Side Dish

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Simple and easy to make, for non bakers, these classic homemade dinner rolls are made from scratch and come out perfectly light and fluffy!
2 hours 45 minutes
5 from 161 votes

Baked Apple Slices

These cinnamon brown sugar baked apple slices are made with a secret ingredient – ginger! Perfect as-is, topped with ice cream, or baked in a crisp!
55 minutes
5 from 23 votes

Easy Apple Pie

This easy apple pie is a quintessential fall recipe that you can make with pre-made pie dough and basic ingredients- perfect for Thanksgiving
2 hours
5 from 257 votes

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

This easy no-bake pumpkin pie cheesecake is creamy and delicious. If you love pumpkin pie and cheesecake, this recipe is for you!
20 minutes
5 from 101 votes
Plate of the apple bread pudding with ice cream on top and caramel sauce drizzle over

Apple Bread Pudding

Apple bread pudding is an easy fail-proof dessert to enjoy during colder months – made with french bread, a creamy custard and fresh apples!
1 hour
5 from 81 votes
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake in two small clear glass bowls topped with strawberries

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Cups

These No Bake Cheesecake Cups are a lightened up recipe of the classic dessert that is light on calories and fat; easy to make and perfect for entertaining!
20 minutes
5 from 181 votes
Hand grabbing a cookie from a plate full of pumpkin chocolate chips cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are chewy, moist and perfect treat for fall – made healthier by using applesauce and whole wheat flour, but no butter!
15 minutes
5 from 64 votes
Apple crisp served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce and spoon inside bowl

Easy Apple Crisp

For a quick and cozy treat, try this easy Apple Crisp recipe – the perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon and an oat topping!
50 minutes
5 from 226 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

This vegan pumpkin pie is the best! An easy dump coconut cream & pumpkin filling makes it the perfect dairy-free pumpkin dessert to serve at Thanksgiving.
1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 107 votes
Side Dish

Sweet Potato Bites

These sweet potato rounds with marshmallows are similar to sweet potato casserole but only bite-sized – definitely a crowd pleasing dish for Thanksgiving!
30 minutes