Is it Friday again already?! It must be, because here the Dinner Divas are, ready with your weekly meal plan! This week, we’re going full-on Thanksgiving side dishes on you. 5 sides plus 2 extras. I may have cheated, because I used rolls as my extra, but a roll isn’t really a side. A roll is what you put the sides on to make a sandwich, right? Exactly!
And it’s week 30, which means we are now up to 210 awesome recipes for you, and you can find them all in the archive.
White and Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Fruits and Kale from me. I love our Divas group. Why? Well, among other reasons, we are bringing you stuffing as two of our five sides. Because you can never have too much stuffing! This is my offering. It’s gluten-free and white and wild rice based. That makes it a little nutty. It gets some sweetness from dried fruits and some earthy green action from kale. You will never miss the gluten!
Butternut Squash, Olive, and Cranberry Stuffing from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. Susan is killing me with this stuffing! First of all, it’s beautiful. I mean, look! And that mellow, earthy-sweet butternut with briny olives and jammy sweet-tart dried cranberries. It’s not just stuffing. It’s a party. Get on board, people. Get. On. Board.
Cranberry-Apple Sauce from The Chef Next Door. Tart cranberries and sweet apples kind of love each other. Take this sauce from Sarah. Super easy–only 5 ingredients, and that’s all it needs. Plus 30 minutes. If you’re not a super fan of tart cranberries, bring some apples to the party. Their sweetness will help change your mind!
Best Ever, Easiest 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole from Pook’s Pantry. Corn casserole is the best. Seriously, I could eat it every day. And if my Sissy says this is the best, then I believe her. Plus, it’s based on a corn muffin mix, which makes it super easy. Really nice to have a slam dunk or three that are tasty and easy, especially when we’re talking turkey. Literally!
Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts from Comfortably Domestic. Brussels sprouts have been enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the last couple of years, and with good reason. They are so cute, and when treated well, they’re also very tasty. That means please, please, please don’t boil them. Do what Kirsten does and sear them along with some bacon, and then bring some sparkle to the party with dried cranberries. These are not your grandmother’s Brussels sprouts!
The Best Rolls for Thanksgiving from me. These rolls, y’all. Have mercy, they really are the best. I developed them for my friends at the Idaho Potato Commission, so of course they have a healthy helping of russets in them. Plus Parmesan. Like a ton of it. Freshly grated, thankyouverymuch. And garlic. So much. I used avocado oil in the dough, and I really dig the fruitiness it brings, but a nice fruity olive oil would work just as well. Please make these. You don’t even have to share.
Mini Walnut Cinnamon Buns from The Chef Next Door. These minis are a fantastic extra for Thanksgiving. Pop a plate of them on your Thanksgiving brunch buffet. That’s a thing, right? Or enjoy a couple with your wee-hours-of-the-morning on Friday before you hit up the Black Friday sales. Using a tube of crescent rolls as the base, they only require a handful of additional ingredients, so they’re easy to whip up whenever you need a little something sweet to go with your coffee.
And there you have it! I hope this week’s Dinner Divas weekly meal plan has helped you flesh out your Side Dish Options for Thanksgiving. And stay tuned next week for a Thanksgiving Dessert-Themed week. The following week, we’ll wrap it up with ideas for using leftovers, so keep tuning in, same weekly meal plan time. Same weekly meal plan channel.
Thank you for hanging out with the divas today. Now go make your shopping lists for Thanksgiving, and reach back into the archives for some other great meal ideas leading up to The Big Day.
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