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Weekly meal plan: It's holiday week!

Posted November 25, 2013

Sweet potato cream cheese pie


Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?

Here is our menu for the week:

It's an epic holiday week for our family with Thanksgiving and Chanukah falling on the SAME DAY! It hasn't happened for 125 years and it won't happen again for 77,000 years so we are making the most of it!



Smoked turkey sandwiches on potato bread

Macaroni salad with green peppers, onions, tomatoes and black olives with a light mayo dressing

Green peas


Whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce

Broccoli spears

Garlic bread

Wednesday – First night of Chanukah!

Slow cooker Italian chicken

Potato latkes (like hashbrowns but in the shape of a round, flat patty and you top it with sour cream or apple sauce

Roasted asparagus (from $1.99/lb HT sale a couple weeks ago - it freezes beautifully)

Sweet potato pie and donut holes for dessert (fried food is traditional on Chanukah)

Thursday – Thanksgiving!

Following is our Thanksgiving menu. We will have 6 people for our Thanksgiving Day meal (including 2 grandparents) and an additional 5 family members joining us for dessert later in the evening.


Buffalo chicken dip (using chicken on sale for $1.99/lb recently and cooked with the chicken served for dinner on Wednesday night)

Herb & Garlic Greek yogurt dip (Heluva dip .50 with sale and coupon)

Veggie tray  (red peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, celery, black plives)

Various crackers for dipping into the dips

Main dishes

House of Raeford Whole turkey,  (these are .47/lb at Lowes Foods right now) with gravy

Beef brisket (not frugal but my dad made a special request and since "Thanksgivukkah" won’t occur again for 77,000 more years, I thought we'd splurge!)


Broccoli slaw with ramen noodles (not terribly frugal but it is tradition at our house and everyone requests it every year!) - the recipe for broccoli slaw can be found in the WRAL Recipe Database at the link in the box above. Search for Broccoli Slaw.

Sweet potato casserole with a coconut pecan topping (sweet potatoes .33/lb at Lowes Foods this week, Fisher pecans are from the last HT super doubles on sale with coupon)

Homemade mushroom stuffing (celery and onions are both on sale this week at multiple places)

Sunflower sourdough rolls from a fabulous baker at the Farmer's Market

Potato latkes with sour cream or apple sauce

Cranberry sauce


Pumpkin Pies (using the traditional Libby's pie recipe)

Mini cheesecakes with blueberry sauce on top (blueberries bought a couple months ago when in season and then frozen)


Sparkling grape juice for the kids




Friday and Saturday



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  • scoutmomof2 Nov 27, 2013

    I am cooking the turkey breast tonight as we will be having lunch tomorrow and then my sons will be going to their GPs for dinner while I go out with a friend and her family (since she is working part of the day). I have pumpkin and pecan pie done, will be cooking prime rib (standing rib roast in the morning), dressing, gravy for the turkey and au jus for the prime rib, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and veggies. With the leftover turkey and veggies I am planning on making a turkey pot pie for Friday and of course turkey sandwiches. My sons wanted the prime rib but I love my turkey.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 26, 2013

    bparrish004 - he sounds like my kind of cook!

    jdouglas13 - you are too funny! :-)

  • bparrish004 Nov 26, 2013

    Sweet Potato Pie - sigh - miss my Papa Driver this time of year. This was his specialty that he baked during the holidays. I always begged him for the receipe - he said he didn't have one. He made it up as he went.

  • sunflower3443 Nov 25, 2013

    Yes interesting lol she also made cream cheese cookies with the lekvar in them and then she would sprinkle them with powder sugar . Yummmmm. She also made a walnut mixture to put in the cookies too .

  • teecee Nov 25, 2013

    OH yeah fireplace baked potatoes are the best ( white or sweet ) !! My mama would put them in a cast iron dutch oven with a lid and place them in the ashes /embers near the fire all day .
    Thanks for bringing back the memories !!
    Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Chanukkah

  • pooka Nov 25, 2013

    Hi ya'll... this is not practical, but the BEST way to cook a sweet potato is to wrap in foil and place in your wood burning stove! That is how we ate them growing up. I don't have a wood fire place, but just thought I would share :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 25, 2013

    sunflower - Interesting topping! I had to look up lekvar: "Lekvar is a thick jam or fruit butter of Central and Eastern European origin. Lekvár is a very thick, sometimes coarse jam of pure ripe fruit."

  • sunflower3443 Nov 25, 2013

    it is delicious with syrup , my grandmaother always put lekvar on hers . and we always made home made Pierogi , we put sour cream on those lol

  • ashchrismel Nov 25, 2013

    Busy day getting the house ready for Chanukkah & Christmas. My husband just said he ordered a pizza for dinner. No need to think about what's for dinner.

  • Dragons_lady Nov 25, 2013

    I am letting my girls do dinner each night...No cooking for me until Wednesday/Thursday! :)