A Collection of Thanksgiving Recipes and Dinner Ideas

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Looking for ideas for your Thanksgiving menu? Here’s one Thanksgiving menu from 2004 and another from 2005 and another from 2008.

Thanksgiving recipes From past years:

Roast turkey –  Fantastic for smaller birds but impractical for larger ones as you turn the turkey a few times.

Olive Oil Dip and Marinated Olives – two fantastic appetizers that were a huge hit.

Cream of spinach – This is a nice side dish that is a bit rich but quite yummy.

Sweet potato streusel – This has become a must-have in my extended family. It was originally from Cooking Light magazine.

Collard greens – Cooked with a chunk of salt pork so not for vegetarians. These days with a vegetarian in the family I try to make all my side dishes vegetarian, but this was quite good!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples – This is good and lowfat.

Roasted Beets – You could also serve some cold beets in this yogurt dressing.

Onions Stuffed with Breadcrumbs and Spinach – I made this for a dinner party but I think I might be adding it to the Thanksgiving menu this year.

Braised Red Cabbage and Onions – Use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian.

Pureed Parsnips – I never ate parsnips growing up but it’s a great winter vegetable.  I think you could easily make these a day ahead and refrigerate, then reheat.

Thanksgiving turkey leftovers recipes:

Rainbow Turkey Soup with carrots, celery, spinach, kale, olives and red peppers. Very colorful and good!

The Ultimate “Leftovers”  Soup – Another great turkey soup with leftover roasted root vegetables, leftover green bean casserole and leftover creamed onions.

A Simple Turkey Soup – much simpler with fresh green beans and a can of diced tomatoes.

Turkey Hash – Chopped turkey, fried potatoes and gravy. Mmmm.

Turkey Pot Pie – Pot pies are a great way to use up leftovers.

Creamed Turkey with Cheese – Serve this yummy comfort food over toast, English muffins, noodles, or rice.

Turkey Enchiladas – these are delicious and a family tradition. Make your own enchiladas sauce, too.

Turkey Flautas – A simple blend of chopped turkey and Mexican cheese, rolled in a corn tortilla and fried

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – chopped turkey, carrots and celery cooked with some gravy and topped with mashed potatoes

Hope that gives you some ideas!  Share your favorite holiday recipes with us!

http://cheapcooking.com/2003/11Rainbow Turkey Soup




  1. diane davidson says:

    Love this – Really want to try the Beets and the Braised Red Cabbage with Onion.
    Also going to try the Turkey Shephard’s pie – great variation on a wonderful dish.

    Rutabaga was always served in my home and I simply love it – cooked and mashed with a lot of pepper – you can add potatos, sour cream, or whatever but I love the bitterness of this root vegetable.

    I also love Green Beans almondine – something about the lemon and the toasted almonds that seems to complement the meal. Great post.


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