Traditional Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

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Thanksgiving Meal Ideas. Thanksgiving menu items for side dishes, main dishes, and dessert. Traditional ideas and non-traditional Thanksgiving meal ideas.

Turkey dinner

Once you get married and have children, the countdown is on and your days are numbered before you will find yourself hosting a Thanksgiving meal. Even before that big day comes, as an adult, you will likely be contributing to the meal and bringing a dish to share. We have hosted Thanksgiving a couple of times and actually find the menu to be be quite easy to make.

I love tradition. I have my meal I have had my entire life. I want to see that menu and those Thanksgiving recipes at my Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, as you get married, you have new recipes and menu items.

It can be fun to try new things, and I find it very interesting to hear what other people traditionally have at their Thanksgiving meals. I asked fellow Babywise moms what they could not do without at Thanksgiving. This was their response.

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas: Main Dishes

Here are the main dishes people listed as their must haves:

  • Turkey. I mean, Thanksgiving Turkey is about as traditional as it gets
  • Turkey from Popeyes ” It’s deep fried and frozen so you just have to warm it in the oven. Best turkey you’ll ever have, seriously”
  • Some people will have ham, prime rib, or roast instead of (or in addition to) Turkey

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas. Thanksgiving menu items for side dishes, main dishes, and dessert. Traditional ideas and non-traditional Thanksgiving meal ideas with a man carving a turkey

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas: Side Dishes

Here are side dishes people listed as their must haves:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy (for me, this is an entire side dish by itself. I love gravy).
  • Butternut Squash Risotto
  • Sugar-fried Sweet Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce (so funny how many people said this one)
  • Brown Sugar and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Corn
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Rolls
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas: Desserts

  • Chocolate Pie (I like a good French Silk Pie)
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Pie “I don’t care if there is any other food.”

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My Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

This is what I love to see each Thanksgiving meal:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Rolls
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Corn
  • Pie. All of the pie. I want some pumpkin and chocolate for sure. We always have a wide variety of flavors.
Four children on Thanksgiving

Our first time hosting Thanksgiving – November of 2012

My family also always had these (though I don’t usually eat them):

  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Brown Sugar and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes (I am a savory sweet potato gal)
  • Marshmallow fruit salad

Nate’s family will vary a lot from year to year. Some notable additions they often have are:

  • Green Beans Casserole
  • Jello Salad
  • Green Salad

What do you typically have with your Thanksgiving menu? Anything missing from this list?

For all of my Thanksgiving Finds around the internet, be sure to follow my Thanksgiving board in Pinterest.

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas. Thanksgiving menu items for side dishes, main dishes, and dessert. Traditional ideas and non-traditional Thanksgiving meal ideas.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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