This week’s menu reflects the fact that for those of us in the United States, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. I am really looking forward to the leftovers!
I plan to keep things simple the first part of the week since we’ll be having the traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. This year we are opting out of the big, extended family gathering (although we may run by after dinner for a quick hello and – hopefully! – hand out my Christmas cards). I’m cooking the full meal here at our house for us. I’m not sure yet who may be joining us but there will be plenty.
This is a quick and easy meal. On a sheet pan, I place sausages (the ones I am using today are tomato basil chicken sausages from Aldi), cut up bell peppers (red and green), and sliced red onions. Drizzle with olive oil and season with garlic powder, black pepper, Creole seasoning and Herbs de Provence. Bake at 350 until veggies are tender. For the cauliflower, rinse and remove leaves, place in microwave and oven safe baking dish. Add a bit of water and microwave until almost tender. Mix about half a cup of mayonnaise with one beaten egg, half a cup of parmesan cheese and season well with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. Spread mixture over cauliflower and bake at 350 degrees until topping is puffy and browned.
- sausages, peppers and onions (sheet pan dinner)
- baked cauliflower
- tossed green salad
Black bean tacos are super easy, especially if you use canned black beans. Drain and rinse the beans then place in saucepan with about 1/4 cup of salsa. Heat through. You can add additional seasonings to taste – cumin, chili powder, garlic, etc.
- black bean tacos
- lettuce, tomato, cheese, green onions, sour cream (toppings for tacos)
- chips and salsa
I’ll make enough mac and cheese to reheat on Thursday as a side dish. I’m planning to spend much of this day cooking everything I can do ahead for Thanksgiving.
- homemade mac and cheese (Instant Pot)
Thursday – Thanksgiving
We start the day with canned orange rolls, sausage links and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I’m planning to serve dinner at about 5 or 5:30 p.m.
- potato casserole with cornflake topping (I’m opting for this instead of the traditional mashed potatoes because I can make them on Wednesday then reheat.)
- cranberry sauce
- green bean casserole
- candied sweet potatoes
- corn casserole
This is my favorite part! I love a good turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo and cranberry sauce, along with little servings of all the side dishes. And a piece of pie, of course.
- Thanksgiving Monte Cristo sandwiches with Apricot Cranberry Dipping Sauce
- sweet potato fries
- sliced apples
We’ll likely be ready for something besides turkey!
- Mexican food at our favorite local place
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If you are in the United States I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving plans. What does your usual menu include?
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