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Monday meal plan: Thanksgiving edition!

Posted November 19, 2012


It's time for turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings! Here's our meal plan for the week which ends in a turkey feast and then leftovers for days and days and days...... I have included the "famous" broccoli slaw and ramen noodle recipe that we make every year.

What's on your holiday menu?


Meatless Monday (not every Monday is meatless, but this one is!)

Creamy spinach and cheese quesadillas (using fresh spinach, Green Giant creamed spinach on sale this week at Lowes for $1 with .60/3 coupons, cheese on sale at HT today for .97 with e-vic sale, garlic, pepper and topped with salsa and fresh tomatoes)

Spanish rice

Tangerine slices


BBQ chicken sandwiches (chicken breast cooked in slow cooker with BBQ sauce, garlic powder, pepper and chopped onions)

Steamfresh pasta and veggies (on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods - .50/2 coupon from 11/18)

Apple slices


Palermo's pizza (easy meal since I will be cooking/preparing for Thanksgiving meal all evening like many of us)


Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

We will have a smaller crowd this year than last, but I am still putting on a full spread!  Each year we have a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, sweet taters, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. 

The non-traditional dish at our Thanksgiving table is always Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles.  My mom made it every year at Thanksgiving while she was still living and I have carried on the tradition. It's an easy tradition to continue because we all love it.  If you are new to this crazy Broccoli Slaw recipe using ramen noodles, you really have to try it. It's a bizarre mixture, but it comes together beautifully. Anyone else a fan of the Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles dish?


Vegetable tray and dip, crackers and cheese slices (nothing that needs to cook in the oven since I will need it for the turkey, dressing and sweet potato casserole)


Broccoli Slaw (see recipe below – it is also in the WRAL Recipe Database)

Main meal

15 lb Honeysuckle White turkey (bought at Kroger for .47/lb) cooked in the oven. This year I am cooking it in a Reynolds turkey bag based on all the recommendations you made in the turkey giveaway thread.

Homemade dressing with 1 loaf of white bread and 1 loaf of honey wheat bread, celery, mushrooms, onions, butter, broth & herbs. Click HERE for the basic recipe I use. I also add 8 oz of mushrooms sliced to the butter, onion and celery mixture.

Sweet potato casserole (using NC sweet potatoes from Lowes Foods on sale for .27/lb this week)

Rolls, cranberry sauce, gravy


Pumpkin pie – using canned pumpkin on sale for .99 and the Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe found HERE (and on Libby's pumpkin labels since 1950!).

My mother-in-law is bringing a cranberry dessert of some kind

Friday (and probably Saturday)


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.

Dry Ingredients:

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

Dressing Ingredients:

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

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!





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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 20, 2012

    I got your e-mail,amomoftwo. That recipe looks fabulous! AND I also have the dried cranberries from the HT deal. That sounds like a great addition to the Broccoli Slaw. Thank you for the suggestion! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Amomoftwo Nov 20, 2012

    I, too, love the broccoli slaw with ramen noodles...but I also add dried cranberries (love the HT B2G3 deal last week)'s just enough flavor to make it even more exciting! Also, Faye, I just emailed you a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Lasagna that my oldest daughter has been making...everyone loves it! Hope your family does too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 20, 2012

    I finished up my Thanksgiving shopping this morning and will make the pies and broccoli slaw tomorrow. I also decided to add a buffalo chicken dip as an appetizer. I am making BBQ chicken tonight anyway so I am cooking the whole value pack in the slow cooker right now and will use 1/2 for the dip on Thursday. Now...let's just hope I put the turkey in the fridge to thaw in time. :-)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 19, 2012

    Good additions, sunandsea!

  • floomamia Nov 19, 2012

    Monday: Baked Tilapia in garlic butter, macaroni and cheese and brussels sprouts

    Tuesday: Spinach Spaghetti and salad

    Wednesday: Husband picking up pizza on way home from work

    Thursday: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos, mashed turnips, green bean casserole, corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie

    Friday: Leftovers

  • sunandsea Nov 19, 2012

    Faye....another couple of items I like to add to the stuffing, is 2 beaten eggs and browned crumbled sausage, drained. I add poultry seasoning, too....along with sauted celery & onions in butter or olive oil.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 19, 2012

    jdouglas, I'm sure is there with you overseeing your turkey gravy and mac & cheese. :-)

    Thanks for the soup idea. And the lemon meringue pie sounds delicious!

  • jdouglas13 Nov 19, 2012

    I have to include the soup we had last night. It was so good, and perfect to reincarnate some of the TG leftovers. It was a chowder with chicken, corn, potatoes, asparagus (or broccoli), chicken broth, cream, and topped with crumbled bacon. Leftover mashed potatoes would be a great thickener for this soup, and turkey can sub for the chicken.

    M-Beef brisket/pot roast with roasted veg and gnocchi, T-leftover from Monday, W-pasta/asparagus/shrimp scampi. TG, we still do the big meal even though it's just the two of us. Turkey/stuffing/gravy, creamed onions, SP & marshmallows, green beans, cramberry sauce. Homemade lemon meringue pie for dessert, our non-traditional tradition.

    Faye, I love that you'll be having your Mom there with you at your meal by making her recipe. My Nana always made the best turkey gravy and mac&cheese for TG, and TG is the only time I can make them as good as hers. I think she's there in the kitchen with me helping me cook.

  • foodgirl Nov 19, 2012

    M: White Bean Chili, Tues: Spaghetti and Meatballs Wed: Asian Shrimp Salad Thu: smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, swiss chard and sweet potato gratin, green beans, cranberry sauce with orange and ginger, stuffing. Friday: leftovers

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 19, 2012

    Reminder: time to put your frozen turkey in teh fridge to thaw or you will be giving it a water bath!

    Thanks for sharing your meals everyone!