Thanksgiving Meal Planning
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!
Think about it, we take a day on focusing on what we are most grateful for, and we spend time eating with those we love!
In college, and then in our early years of marriage, we flitted around for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember going home for Thanksgiving weekend with a dorm mate my freshman year and encountering varieties of celebrating that my family did not practice. Then, in our newlywed years in Atlanta we encountered southern hospitality and even more new flavors.
What I learned was this: every family has slightly different takes on this highly traditional meal.
As we’ve begun hosting our own celebrations I have taken on several approaches. I’ve served the traditional menus of each of our childhoods. I’ve taken entire menus out of cookbooks, trying several new dishes at once, I’ve had years where we tried only one new thing. There was also the year that I was on modified bedrest with twins and I served our feast on paper plates. . .and I served pre-cooked ham and baked only a Turkey breast. . . it was still totally delicious. . .and worth it.
This year I decided to leave the menu up to my favorite people in the world . . . my family. The other night I sat at the dinner table with a sheet of paper and a ball point pen and we went around the table and added what we wanted for our feast. What we’ve come up with is traditional foods for our family. . . though not necessarily traditional Thanksgiving food.
Thursday we will be eating:
- Roasted Turkey (of course)
- Spiral honey ham
- stuffing (Owen asked for it . . . and William said eeeew)
- mashed potatoes and gravy (Dakotapastor asked for no skins. . .I almost always leave skins on my mashed potatoes.)
- Buttered baby red potatoes
- steamed asparagus
- my secret recipe cranberry relish
- sauteed, buttered mushrooms
- A teeny tiny portion of sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows
- Flaky biscuits that come in a can in the refrigerated section of the grocery store
- Green Fluff (otherwise known as Watergate Salad)
- Blueberry Pie
- Pumpkin pie
As you can see, it is heavy on the protein and carbs. . . that is how we roll!
I’ll have to adapt my Thanksgiving cooking schedule to make room for all of the dishes.
I’m also making shockingly small portions of these foods. We are feeding eight, and enjoy leftovers as much as the next guy, but, realistically, we also want to avoid waste. . .and Thanksgiving bloat!
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