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November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

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Thanksgiving Day dinner is quite expensive, even for a small family. This meal often requires many items that are not typically in your pantry at home. A few dishes are very inexpensive and add a bit of variety to the meal. Each dish below is also full of flavor, and only has a few ingredients.

Below check out my collection of Thanksgiving dishes from Foodie.com.

Corn Pudding

Corn pudding really is not a pudding. It is more like a casserole. All you need for this is corn muffin mix, a can of sweet corn, a can of creamed corn, a touch of butter, eggs, sour cream, cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper. It is really quite simple. When it is done, serve it with warm maple syrup on the side for extra sweetness.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Traditional mashed potatoes get boring. Kick them up a little bit by adding in crushed French fried onions, bacon, shredded cheese and some snipped green onions. This kicks up the flavor and tastes great when you add the gravy on top. To make the mashed potatoes creamier, add a heaping tablespoon or two of sour cream just before serving.

Wild Rice with Mushrooms

Bring something new to the Thanksgiving dinner table. Many families forget about rice being a staple food. Wild rice has a different texture and flavor. Adding mushrooms to it along with some fresh garlic and parsley makes a lovely, earthy tasting dish that fits the occasion well.

Sautéed Vegetables

Quite different is a big bowl of sautéed vegetables. You will want to use late harvest vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, button mushrooms and onions. Add just a touch of olive oil to the pan and season the vegetables with salt, pepper and fresh garlic. That is all they need to be delicious. Do not cook them too long; you want them to still have a little crunch and texture.

These dishes are all budget friendly. Each offering brings something different to a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Of course, tradition brings the family favorites to the table but a few new additions are always a good thing. Changing the variety of items refreshes the meal.

Are you going to be cooking for Thanksgiving this year?

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  1. Oh, I love corn pudding! I was not familiar with it until I moved to Louisiana, but it was love at first bite :)

    1. Hehe! I think I had it for the first time moving to the south.

  2. Oh loaded mashed potatoes! We cook dinner every year and it stinks this year because our house will not be as full as normal. We love to cook lots of food but our girls stink at eating!

    1. My girls stinks at eating too and a lot of food goes to waste so now we do not cook for Thanksgiving.

  3. My Mom cooks for Thanksgiving so I'm off the hook.
    But these will be great for Christmas Day when we'll be home.

  4. I don't eat Turkey or Greens so my thanksgiving never follows tradition. We do a theme each year. Last year it was seafood this year we are doing soups. I know I am weird but I may have to try that loaded mash

  5. Absolutely love load potatoes! We had some last Thanksgiving. Next year I think we'll throw a little of wild rice into the mix as well.

  6. These are sound yummy. I'm still deciding on what to cook. This is my first major holiday since I've started eating a grain-free and diary-free diet. I will cheat with some cheese but I don't want to over do it by eating both.

  7. Listen....the baked and loaded mashed potatoes....

  8. These are some great ideas. I bet the rice & veggies are healthier than most traditional Thanksgiving sides, too!

  9. That corn pudding sounds amazing!