No one really wants to cook even more than they already have to during Thanksgiving week. Here are four easy dinner ideas for Thanksgiving week to take the pressure off. This post has been updated for 2021.
This year I will host a very small group on Thanksgiving day but fewer diners 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. We luckily are able to find a little bit of fun in between those commitments. On Sundays, I like to throw something in the slow cooker and just chill until dinner time. 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 crescent rolls to go with it.
Click on over to our Slow Cooker Pinterest board to find an easy Crock Pot dinner that suits your own tastes. I’m telling you, the Ranch Chicken is the bomb.
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 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.
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.
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!