Weekly Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

I’m in full-on looking forward to Thanksgiving mode. It’s my favorite holiday. And a huge part of the fun with any holiday is the anticipation.

For that reason, making our weekly menu plan was especially fun this time around, because it involved planning what I’ll take to the big Thanksgiving dinner my mom is hosting on Thursday.

Sunday. As usual, we’ll be eating lunch at my parents’ house. I’m making Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Gratin, and taking the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins that I made last night to satisfy a persistent muffin craving I’ve been having.

Monday. Lasagna night. If I make dinner, it will be Jen’s Skillet Lasagna. If Jim cooks, he’ll wing his own recipe.

Tuesday. Jim is making Chicken Pot Pie.

Wednesday. Helpie Selfie night.

Thursday. My mom is hosting Thanksgiving Dinner, and I’ll be taking Healthier Green Bean Casserole and Gingered Pumpkin Pie.

Friday. Today we’ll have Thanksgiving with my in-laws. My mother-in-law asked my husband to bring a slow cooker corn dish he’s been making for years.

Saturday. Yesterday Jim and I were talking about our mutual love of turkey. I remember eating leftover turkey for at least a week after Thanksgiving when I was a kid. These days, it seems like we have maybe one meal’s worth – and that’s not nearly enough, because we love turkey!

We decided that this year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll try one of these slow cooker turkey breast recipes to go along with any leftover sides.

What’s on your menu for this week? Are you hosting a Thanksgiving meal, or eating elsewhere?


For more menu-planning inspiration, visit Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers.


  1. Yum to slow cooker turkey.
    We’re hosting this year but we’re getting a lot of help. My husband is doing the turkey and stuffing. I’m doing the mashed potatoes. My in-laws are doing a green salad and green beans and my other in-laws (yes, two sets from a divorce and then two re-marriages) are doing a sweet potato thing and a cranberry thing. Then we have friends bringing pecan pie, pureed parsnips (??) and bread.
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    • Wow – my husband cooks quite a bit, but I can’t see him doing turkey. Or stuffing, for that matter. I think it’s beyond cool that your in-laws all get together despite of the divorces. I worry a lot about how we’ll do holidays with our kids when they’re grown because of the multiple families. I’d be happy to all celebrate together. The problem is that I’m pretty sure I’m the only one among all of us who feels that way.

  2. Lol love the “Helpie Selfie” night! I am doing Thanksgiving at my boyfriends best friends house with family/friends and he brings a hoard of amazing pastries each year so the host and hostess said not to bring anything else.
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  3. I’m eating at my MIL’s, so I am planning super-healthy meals to balance out all the chip & dip stuff she always makes (and I’m totally unable to resist!)
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  4. Mmm, sounds like you’re going to have such a delicious Thanksgiving!! I am drooling over those chocolate muffins, too… thanks for sharing!
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  5. This year Thanksgiving is just the 4 of us. I’m keeping it simple and stress free…and 1 slice of pumpkin pie :)
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  6. You had me at Lasagna night! it sounds like a lovely meal plan, all of it, perfect for creating great moments around the table with your loved ones during Thanksgiving week :)
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  7. Yum! Everything looks delicious! I’m making healthier green beans this year too. I’ll be trying this recipe.http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/11/green-bean-casserole-with-crispy-onions/ although I might still buy the onions. Slicing thin onions is not one of my specialities!
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  8. Mmm. Love that gingerbread pumpkin pie recipe! We are hosting Thanksgiving, and I am hoping for leftovers so I don’t have to cook after that!
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