This week it is all about Thanksgiving! Here is the weekly menu and our holiday menu. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Please share your holiday menu and any favorite recipes!
Baked ravioli and veggies (Celantano light cheese ravioli is on sale at HT BOGO through 11/22)
Croissants (BOGO with coupon a couple weeks ago)
BBQ chicken sandwiches with chicken from the slow cooker (on sale $1.77/lb at Lowes Foods a few weeks ago)
I will be in a cooking and cleaning frenzy so there will be no time for a big dinner Wednesday night.
Sandwiches (veggie burgers)
Steamfresh rotini and vegetables (BOGO at HT and Lowes Foods - .50/2 coupon from 11/13 SS
Thursday – Thanksgiving Menu
We will have 15 people at my house for Thanksgiving this year. This is the first big Thanksgiving we have had in a couple years so we are all looking forward to being together. My brother, his family and his in-laws and their grown kids and spouses are all coming from Florida and Charlotte. I wish my brother and his family in Missouri could join us as well!
Everyone except my dad and his girlfriend have to travel many hours to get to my house and most are flying in Thursday morning and staying for the weekend. Those flying in are obviously not able to bring food to share. My dad and the two guests driving in from Charlotte have offered to bring desserts (thanks dad and Megan!). This means I am (happily) making appetizers, dinner and pumpkin pie for the whole gang. This also means that I have to limit oven use on Thursday for anything other than the turkey, turkey breast, dressing, rolls and sweet tater casserole. None of the appetizers will be cooked in the oven and I will make the pie and broccoli slaw the night before. I’ll also bake the sweet potatoes and put together the sweet tater casserole the day before so it just has to bake on Thanksgiving day.
Vegetable tray and dip, crackers and cheese slices, Hillshire Farm turkey lil smokies in bbq sauce in the slow cooker (we went with the turkey ones because they have 1/3 of the fat that the beef ones have), chips and guacamole -kids and hubby requested this traditional holiday appetizer :-)
15 lb turkey (bought at Harris Teeter for .47/lb and a $3 ECB coupon for a total of $4.00)
7 lb turkey breast (bought at Target for .99/lb and they are still on sale this week at Target)
Broccoli Slaw (see recipe below) - my whole family loves this recipe and my oldest daughter requested it.
Homemade dressing with 1 loaf of white bread and 2 loaves of honey wheat bread (Sara Lee was on sale - .55 coupon), celery, mushrooms, onions, butter, broth, herbs
Sweet potato casserole (using sweet potatoes from a local Johnston County farmer that we bought in a 45 lb box for .22/lb.)
Rolls (in the essence of time and ease, this year I am using Sister Shubert’s yeast rolls in the foil container that get thawed and baked in the oven for 20 minutes or so. They are BOGO - .50 coupon at HT and Lowes Foods through Tuesday)
Cranberry sauce – 2 cans of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce on sale with coupon (I don’t care for cranberry sauce and never make it from scratch)
Gravy – I am using a recipe for turkey gravy from AllRecipes.com. As some others did, I am using chicken broth and pan drippings instead of turkey broth. Click HERE for the recipe. It received very favorable reviews. Sincc I have never made this gravy recipe before, I have 3 Heinz turkey gravy jars on hand in case of gravy emergency!
Pumpkin pie – I am using canned pumpkin from Aldi (.99), evaporated milk on sale with coupon from HT, Lowes Foods frozen, unbaked, deep dish pie crust on sale, spices, free French Vanilla Cool Whip with sale and coupon (that is no longer available to print)
Our guests from Charlotte are bringing a chocolate mousse pie and a pecan pie (thank you again, Megan!)
My dad is bringing a cheesecake and a pumpkin cake (thanks dad!)
I think we are pretty well set on dessert!
Diet sodas (Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Diet Sprite with cranberry, diet ginger ale), white wine, red wine, juice boxes for the 2 younger ones, water and then coffee for after dinner
I have no idea. Our guests will still be here so we may go out to eat, order in pizza or have sandwiches. I’ll wait to see what they would like to do.
Homemade veggie pizza using unbaked Harris Teeter whole wheat crust balls from deli that was on sale for .99 a couple weeks ago. They freeze and thaw very well.
Some kind of veggie
Apple slices (.99/lb at Food Lion through 11/22)
Recipe: Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles
If you have never had this salad, you may be raising your eyebrows at the mention of ramen noodles in a cold salad. I promise - you are in for a treat. The ramen noodles become perfectly soft in the delicious dressing and the nuts add an excellent flavor. It's ideal for a potluck or picnic, because it has no dairy products.
This salad sits overnight and is eaten the next day. It takes a good 8 hours for the noodles to soak up the dressing and become nice and soft.
1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil (if you like an oily dressing, use 2/3 cup oil. If you like it more dry, use ½ cup. I measure halfway between the two for my slaw)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Seasoning packets from ramen noodles
1 pkg. broccoli slaw mix (found in the refrigerated packaged salad section in the produce dept.)
1/3 cup sliced, blanched almonds
1 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2 packages beef ramen noodles (broken into small pieces – but not crushed)
1 bunch green onions sliced
Mix oil, sugar, vinegar and seasoning packets together in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix together broccoli mix, almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced green onions and ramen noodles (broken up). Add dressing to broccoli and noodles and mix well. Let stand for a few hours and toss again so all the noodles are coated with the dressing. I usually make this the night before I am serving it. When I get up in the morning, I mix it up again. A few hours later I mix it again. Just before I serve it, I mix it one more time. Serve cold and enjoy!