Easy Thanksgiving Menu and Prep Schedule

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This Thanksgiving Menu is filled with easy-to-make classic favorites we love for the big day. From Thanksgiving turkey, to salads, side dishes and dessert recipes too. Plus, we’ll talk about an easy prep schedule leading up to Thanksgiving Day.

Herb Roasted Turkey for Thanksgiving Menu

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Making dishes and parts of recipes ahead helps keep everything running smoothly on Thanksgiving Day.

Are you ready to plan the Thanksgiving menu? Here we go!

Thanksgiving Menu:

I’m so excited for this feast! And the leftovers? Oh my, my mouth is watering already. Friday after Thanksgiving, in my house, is always Leftover Turkey Vegetable Noodle Soup. Well, and Christmas shopping, decorating, and even more leftovers!

Here’s how I like to prep the Thanksgiving Menu.

Thanksgiving Menu Prep Schedule


  • Clean the refrigerator and make space for dishes
  • Write grocery list and shop for ingredients.
  • If using a frozen turkey, begin to thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Make the Pecan Tassies and freeze and ahead.






  • Make the Apple Crisp but hold off on baking until you sit down to dinner.
  • Assemble the Holiday Cheese Board and leave at room temperature.
  • Begin roasting the Herb Roasted Turkey.

1-2 Hours Before the Feast:

  • Prep and begin boiling potatoes for the mashed potatoes.
  • Assemble and bake the Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash, bake the Green Bean Casserole, and Sweet Potato Casserole.
  • Combine the dry cubed bread and mushroom mixture for the Wild Mushroom Stuffing and bake.
  • Add Creamy Carrot Soup ingredients to the Instant Pot and cook according to recipe.
  • Let the turkey sit for at least 20 minutes before carving and placing on an oven-proof platter. Keep warm before serving with either foil or warming in a 200-degree oven.
  • Make the gravy and mash the potatoes.
  • Assemble the salad.
  • FEAST!
  • While you are feasting, bake the Apple Crisp.

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