A Low-Key Thanksgiving Menu

a low key thanksgiving menu


So as I wrote in this post, I usually get pretty stressed out this time of year.

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I want everything to be beautiful and smell really good. But somehow the idea of getting my house together and socializing is too much for me.

Generally I leave the cooking and entertaining up to other people because I am not that good at it.

Guess what friends?! For the first time in 10 years I am not traveling for Thanksgiving. This is both good and bad at the same time. Good because I will get to sleep in my own bed, as opposed to my husband’s 40 yr old childhood one.  Bad, because I cannot rely on someone else to do the cooking.

At first I was a little stressed out because this means I will actually have to cook. But then I realized that since there are only 3 of us, I can do things MY WAY.

A Low-Key Thanksgiving Menu

Appetizers and Finger Foods

I like to have lots of veggies in my day, so I will pre-chop some over the weekend like I do every week. I wish I could say I am creative enough to make a turkey, but I don’t see it happening. If you are feeling motivated here is a pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2814818497430805/

Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray via EatingRichly.com

Thanksgiving Meal

Despite my mixed feelings about the history of the holiday, I will keep it traditional. And lets face it, leftovers are the best!


I usually get a turkey for free, but this year I plan to use my turkey points to get a big turkey breast. Depending on my level of motivation the night before, I might just make it in the crockpot using this pin: Crockpot Turkey Breast via chelseasmessyapron.com

Crock Pot Turkey Breast via Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Mashed Potatoes

If I am able, I will make mashed potatoes ahead of time. My son doesn’t like potatoes very much, so I only have to make a small amount.

No Boil Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes via Spend with Pennies.  Here’s the pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/217932069448013914/


I will make my grandmothers stuffing the day before. She usually includes apples and sausage, similar to this:

Homestyle Sausage Stuffing via Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice. Here is the Pinterest link:

Yams/Sweet Potatoes

Candied yams make me nauseous. I just cannot get into marshmallows on my sweet potatoes. In this house we prefer our sweet potatoes baked plain. But this year I will get fancy and try this recipe: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48343395977583764/

Garlic Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan via Cooking Classy.


I always need a salad when I make a big meal. This is not negotiable. Pomegranate is a favorite right now so I want to make some version of this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520728775647706773/

Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad via Cooking Classy.

Other Veggies

Keeping it simple, we will enjoy some mixed roasted veggies similar to these: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/473159504575312579/

Easy Roasted Vegetables via Damn Delicious

Pumpkin pie is not my favorite dessert but my son requested it, so I will be making these cute little cupcakes as a compromise. With enough whipped cream they will be fabulous! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143481938106712538/

Amazing Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

I got a little carried away on Pinterest

Now that I am looking at this list it looks like a ton of food. But this is my thinking:

  • None of my recipes are complicated or require 100 ingredients;
  • Much of my menu can be prepped or prepared ahead of time; and
  • My family will eat this stuff for days, so I might get out of cooking for most of the next week too!

I hope you all have a low key, delicious, and peaceful Thanksgiving.

Any tips or tricks for keeping your cool when you have to prepare the meal?

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