Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas

Get ready to plan one epic holiday feast with these super simple Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas.

So many fantastic options to plan an epic holiday feast with these Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas!pinterestThis post is in partnership with Bob Evans Grocery.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m sure you’re already starting to mentally plan your menu.

I know this year I’m keeping it super simple on myself by utilizing quality pre-made products to simplify my menu, while still delivering mouthwatering dishes.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas:

Plan ahead so you know if you’ll need to defrost any turkey, brine or make any necessary preparations before cooking.

How much turkey do I need per person?

  • Plan on buying 1 lb. of turkey per person. If you’re wanting leftovers, you can bulk it up to 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. per person.
  • For example: If you have a 20 pound turkey, that would feed 20 people, or 12 to 14 people with plenty of leftovers.

Plan your Thanksgiving Dinner Menu around how many people you're serving, plus all the sides!

Now that you’re all set on how much of your main dish you need to prepare, let’s talk about my favorite part of Thanksgiving… the sides!

Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas:

I’m keeping it super simple this year by utilizing Bob Evans amazing seasonal side dishes. They’re found in the refrigerated section by the meats, and taste homemade!

Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes make the best Thanksgiving Side dish!

I picked up a couple packages of Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes to make a super quick Sweet Potato Casserole!

All I did was use two packages of the sweet potatoes and top with the brown sugar butter pecan topping from my Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole, then popped it in the oven at 350 degrees until it was heated through and bubbly.

AMAZING! This super quick and easy Sweet Potato Casserole uses Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes as the base! Brilliant!

This will save you SO MUCH TIME on Thanksgiving day. No peeling, chopping, boiling, mashing… Bob Evans has done all the work for you, and you’re left looking like the rockstar.

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

So many wonderful and easy Thanksgiving Side Dish ideas!

Here are a few more of my favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish ideas for you:

In our house we usually do Thanksgiving pot-luck style, where everyone brings something to share. If I’m hosting (which I am this year), I’ll make sure my favorite sides are on the menu, then let everyone else bring their favorites. It’s fun to try new recipes, but still have the classics to fall back on.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas, plus all the dessert ideas too!

Now that we’ve covered the basics of Thanksgiving Main Dishes and Sides, let’s talk about the Desserts!

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas:

Have you seen Bob Evans Glazed Apples in your store yet? They’re seasonal so you’ll want to pick them up as soon as you spot it!

These deliciously fresh tasting Glazed Apples from Bob Evans are beyond words!

These Glazed Apples are made with REAL apples, REAL cinnamon and nutmeg and taste REALLY good!

I could eat the whole container with a spoon. Just sayin.

What I did to make a super simple dessert that my kids went NUTS for, was warmed up a package of Bob Evans Glazed Apples, tossed in some fresh pomegranate seeds and spooned it over the top of some angel food cake. It would also be delicious over a pre-made pound cake with a little whipped cream on top… YUM!

Angel Food Cake topped with glazed apples and pomegranate! YUM!

It’s a no-fuss dessert that got rave reviews from my family. That’s a win-win in my book!

Here are some more of my all time favorite Thanksgiving Desserts:

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving, just remember to keep calm and be thankful. You’ll do great!

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So many fantastic options to plan an epic holiday feast with these Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
4 Responses
    1. Shawn

      That macaroni and cheese is Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese that I’ve topped with crumbled bacon! It’s one of my favorite ways to jazz up an easy side dish! 🙂

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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