Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan

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When you’re busy planning your family’s Thanksgiving gathering, the last thing on your mind are all the dinners in between. We’ve got a week’s worth of easy dinners all planned out so you don’t have to! With crockpot meals and dinners that go straight from your freezer to the oven, you can spend less time worrying about what’s for dinner and more time enjoying this season of thankfulness.

Be sure to follow our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest for even more fall recipes and Thanksgiving decor ideas!

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Appetizer: Terracotta Chicken Pitas

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A small bite full of Mediterranean flavor.

Direction

  1. Prepare chicken and warm pita as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
  3. Slice warm pita into 6 even slices.
  4. Top each slice with spoonful of hummus and piece of chicken.

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Appetizer: Flank Steak Skewers

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Our classic flank steak sliced thin and made into a delicious finger food.

Direction

  1. Prepare Herb Crusted Flank Steak as instructed.
  2. Let rest for 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. Slice thinly, against the grain at a 45° angle.
  4. Take slices of steak and thread on 6” skewers.

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Appetizer: Naked Tortellini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A fun twist on a holiday favorite.

Directions

  1. Cook Tortellini and sauce as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water. Add Tortellini immediately after cooking to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  3. Pour warm sauce into bowl for dipping.
  4. Serve Tortellini (unsauced) with toothpicks for easy dipping.

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Appetizer: Steak Caprese Crostini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

The light, fresh flavors of our Steak Caprese combined with our Finishing Touch Garlic Bread.

Direction

  1. To start, grill or broil steaks as instructed. Let rest.
  2. Prepare Garlic Bread using the Crostini instructions.
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Unwrap bread and remove garlic butter portion cup.
    3. Cut French bread loaf diagonally, starting at the end and cut into ½ in. slices.
    4.  Lightly spread garlic butter evenly on the tops of each slice and lay on foil lined baking sheet. (soften butter in microwave, if needed)
    5. Bake bread butter side up 10-12 minutes until golden.
  3. Thinly slice steak and place two to three slices on each piece of bread.
  4.  Top with tomatoes, basil pesto and mozzarella.
  5.  Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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Appetizer: Sesame Glazed Meatballs

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Direction

  1. Cook as instructed.
  2. Skewer each with a toothpick for a savory treat.
  3. Add a drizzle of sauce for a pretty presentation.

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Appetizer: Buttery Bombay Chicken with Rice

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A flavorful appetizer that can be served with or without the rice.

Directions

  1. Cook rice as directed in the cooking instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place butter in large sauté pan, melt over medium heat.
  3. Brown chicken 4 – 6 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. Add sauce to pan and cook as instructed.
  5. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  6. Place a small spoonful of rice on each appetizer spoon.
  7. Top each spoon with a little sauce, a piece of chicken and sliced green onions.

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Appetizer: Parmesan Chicken Sliders

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A platter of these appetizer-sized sandwiches will be a big hit with both kids and adults.

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2014 Holiday Dinner Timeline

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thanksgiving-family-dinnerSample preparation schedule for your Dream Dinners Holiday Roasted Turkey and sides.

  • 3-5 days before: Thaw all of your holiday items in the refrigerator
  • Approximately 3 ½ hours before: Bake your Holiday Roasted Turkey. Remove holiday sides from fridge, bring to room temp.
  • 2 hours 15 minutes before: Bake your Holiday Parmesan Green Bean Casserole 40-45 min., then remove lid and bake an additional 10-15 min. until golden brown and crispy with turkey in oven. ** hold

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Slow Cooker Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup

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Isn’t it nice to walk in the house after a busy day of work and activities to smell dinner almost done? Especially on a cold, rainy fall day where you just want to warm up with a bowl of soup. Well to make your life even easier, we have come up with some easy alternative cooking instructions, so you can make your Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup in the slow cooker. Now it will be ready to go when you get home!

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