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A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Menu

A menu for cooking a stress-free Thanksgiving meal in under three hours.
By November 20, 2017 One Comment
Thanksgiving Guide

I am kicking-off Thanksgiving week with my Thanksgiving menu. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. The smells that fill the house and all the food just can’t be beat, and then there’s still Christmas to look forward to.

Thanksgiving can be super stressful if you are the one in charge of doing the cooking, especially if you are a little short on time. As nice as it can be to have 20 different dishes, that also means a lot more shopping, cooking and clean-up.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the stress of Thanksgiving cooking is to make fewer dishes. This guide is to help make it as easy and stress free as possible so you can truly enjoy the day, and of course, the delicious food.

The goal of this guide is to give you some basic recipes that can be executed in just a few hours. I totally encourage you to customize the recipes to put your touch on them, but they will work great as is.

Make your shopping list at least one day before you plan on going shopping. Shop on Tuesday instead of Wednesday to avoid the biggest crowds. Make your dessert the night before Thanksgiving, along with anything else that can be chopped or prep’d.

The Menu

Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and an Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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Brined and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

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Sausage and Sourdough Stuffing

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The Creamiest Mashed Potatoes

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Perfect Green Beans

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Pumpkin-Pecan Bread Pudding

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Apple-Rhubarb Crumble

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It has been a pretty wonderful year and I have so much to be thankful for. Benjamin, our son will be one; it’s my first year being married to my wonderful wife; we’ve had our wonderful dog Molly for two years; and we’ve gotten to go on so many trips and adventures (Napa, Sacramento, East Coast, Monterey, Salt Lake City and Mexico). I’ve met lots of new friends and am moving closer to working on what I really want to be working on.

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