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.

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Saturday:
With just six ingredients, this Reuben Casserole recipe from the Dream Dinners Cookbook is easy to make and sure to please!

You’ll need:
2 cups nonfat Thousand Island dressing
1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
12 slices rye bread, sliced into 1-inch strips
1 pound sliced pastrami in 1/2-inch strips
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:
Preheat the over to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the dressing and sour cream and mix until well blended. Set aside. Layer one-third of the bread strips on the bottom of the baking dish. Layer one-third of the pastrami over the bread, then layer one-third of the sauerkraut over the pastrami, followed by one-third of the sour cream mixture and one-third of the cheese. Repeat the layers again, using one-half of each of the remaining ingredients. Repeat for a third layer, using the remaining bread, meat, sauerkraut and sauce, and ending with a layer of cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for one hour. Remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes, until the casserole is browned and bubbly and the layers are heated through.

Sunday:
This Slow Cooker Tuscan Stew is so easy to throw together. While your stew is cooking, you’ll have four to six hours to prep for the week, tidy up the house, help your kids with their homework, or relax with a glass of wine.

Monday:
Get your week off to a stress-free start with an easy dinner the whole family will love. Our Pesto Cheese Ravioli with Chicken and Walnuts is a kid favorite that you can get on the table in just 15 minutes!

Tuesday:
Are Thanksgiving dishes taking up all the room in your fridge? Tonight’s the perfect night for Homemade Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Cavatappi. You’ll have a complete dinner, ready to serve in under 30 minutes – with no need to go digging in the fridge for extra side dishes.

Wednesday:
Do you start prepping Thanksgiving dinner the night before? We like to lay out all the serving dishes on our kitchen table with sticky notes labeling which food goes where. That way we’re not scrambling the next day to find the appropriate bowls and platters. While you’re busy getting organized, pop some Chicken Enchiladas in the oven. This one-pan meal goes straight from the freezer to the oven for no prep and no clean up!

Thursday:<
Make your Thanksgiving easier with our Holiday Roasted Turkey and array of family favorite sides. Haven’t ordered your holiday dinner yet? Be sure to check your store’s session times to find out when you can get in before the holiday! Don’t forget to print out our Thanksgiving dinner timeline to use as a preparation guide.

Friday:
There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving dinner leftovers make meals the following days as easy as pie (pun intended). Want to mix up your leftovers? Check out our Thanksgiving leftovers post for plenty of creative ideas. Sometimes the leftovers are even better than the Thanksgiving dinner itself!


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