No one really wants to cook even more than they already have to during Thanksgiving week. Nevertheless, everyone still expects to eat! The last thing I want to do is order takeout multiple nights in a row! Here are four easy dinner ideas for Thanksgiving week to take the pressure off.
This year I will host a very small group on Thanksgiving day but fewer guests doesn’t mean any less work. It still takes a ton of planning and prepping in the days before to pull off a decent Thanksgiving meal.
By Tuesday, my refrigerator is starting to fill up with ingredients and truth be told, I just don’t have it in me to put forth any extras that week. Here are my four go-to easy dinner ideas for Thanksgiving week.
Sundays Are For Slow Cooking
My weekends right now are full with kids’ sports, errands, or house work. On Sundays, I like to throw something in the slow cooker and just chill until dinner time.
Related: Seven Slow Cooker Recipes
My Go-To Crock Pot Meal with Just 3 Ingredients
My favorite Crock Pot meal to make is this 3-ingredient chicken recipe from Stockpiling Moms. It’s great over noodles or rice and I usually make some Pillsbury crescent rolls and an easy veggie dish to go with it.
Throw Together a Quiche on Monday
Quiche is one of the easiest meals to make. It does take a little pre-planning because of the bake time. I usually throw some fruit on the side or a Taylor Farms bagged salad and call it done.
Here’s a few recipes I’ve made in the past (forgo making your own crust and grab a frozen pie crust when you’re shopping for Thanksgiving).
Sandwiches and Soup on Tuesday Night
Tuesday is a great day to empty the refrigerator. You’ll need the space for turkey and pies, right?
You might have leftovers from Sunday or Monday night, odds and ends to throw together a salad or sandwich fixings. We’re a sandwich and soup kind of family – especially a grilled cheese sandwich.
Luckily we always have bread, butter and cheese on hand to whip up something fast.
Related: Need ideas for what to serve on Thanksgiving? Here’s a simple menu.
They are Lucky to get Cereal on Wednesday Night!
I know I want to do anything but be in the kitchen on the night before Thanksgiving. Years ago I remember watching a marathon of Beverly Hills, 90210 while I prepped for the big day. For that reason, I always want to go out for a greasy burger and milkshake instead of cooking anything.
Unfortunately, going out isn’t always possible so I will usually plan for baked potatoes on this night.
Make sure to grab a few extra russet potatoes when shopping earlier in the week. We like to top ours with butter and sour cream – all usually on hand. Or, I’ll make a small pot of canned chili to go with. Super filling and easy clean up!
I have to look up this baked potato tutorial EVERY TIME!
Worst case scenario: eat cereal.
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