In years past, I would start planning for Thanksgiving weeks ahead of the holiday. I would plan my menu, my shop days and when each recipe would be started and finished. I even planned what dishes I would need so that I would make sure to have everything ready. I wrote a rather long post about it years ago.
I’d like to say I’m much more laid back now but that isn’t really the case. You see, I make the same recipes every year. A few years ago I wrote the Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook and shared all my recipes and tips. Now I just follow the plan, adapting it each year based on our plans and what we will bring to dinner.
We usually start cooking a few days ahead of time. Some years we start cooking on Monday but this year it will be Tuesday or Wednesday. We are getting together with a few other families and everyone is bringing a few dishes. I’m bringing my Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, a few desserts and drinks.
Dividing up the cooking makes it so much easier. I still remember when I used to cook EVERYTHING for Thanksgiving and wear my self out. This year I’ll make a few dishes, enjoy spending time with family and friends, then relax (and prep for Gilmore Girls).
Whether you are making a dish or two or taking on the whole meal by yourself I have a meal plan that will help. My Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook makes planning for Thanksgiving much easier.
The Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook
The Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook contains 20 plant-based recipes that are meat, dairy, and gluten-free! The top 6* recipes also come with a detailed shopping list and your choice of 3 different planning guides that show you how to prepare the top 6 recipes ahead of time (or all on the same day) and have your food on the table as efficiently as possible.
- Thanksgiving Sage Dressing*
- Gluten-Free Cornbread for Dressing
- Perfectly Whipped Mashed Potatoes*
- Sweet Potato Casserole with optional Pecan Glaze*
- Thanksgiving Mushroom Gravy*
- Green Bean Casserole*
- Creamy Crustless Pumpkin Pie*
- Dry Veggie Broth Mix
- Cranberry Sauce
- Holiday Lentil Loaf
- Cheezy Potatoes (Vegan Scalloped Potatoes)
- Faux Cheese Sauce
- Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Oil-Free Cranberry Dressing
- Oil-Free Cranberry Salad Dressing
- Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
- Veggie Pot Pie (this recipe contains gluten but can be made GF using the GF Pie Crust Recipe)
- Recipe for Easy All Purpose Sauce for Veggie Pot Pie
- Roasted Asparagus
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Gluten-Free Pie Crust
- Apple Pie
- Creamy Apple Pie Bars
Order your PDF download of A Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook for only $4.99. This is also available on at Amazon on Kindle. Please note that the PDF and Amazon versions have different covers but the content inside is the same. If you’ve used the Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook please consider leaving a review on Amazon. You’re honest review will help other people make an informed purchase.
If you have any Thanksgiving meal prep plans feel free to send them my way. I’ll be watching for emails with Thanksgiving in the subject line. I try to make myself available for those last minute questions on Thanksgiving Day too.
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