Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas for Families

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Planning your Thanksgiving dinner takes time and effort. Get all the shortcuts you need to the most delicious family feast ever right here.

Learn how to prep the most stunning holiday turkey, fill your table with plenty of amazing Thanksgiving side dishes and vegetables.

Then cap the event off with mouth-watering Thanksgiving pies and desserts that everyone at your holiday will love.

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

Getting ready for the Thanksgiving feast takes a little bit of prep work.

Plan your Thanksgiving menu with my meal plan printable and then save yourself some stress by using one of these make ahead Thanksgiving recipes.

Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the roast turkey is the star of the show.

Want the true Norman Rockwell experience? Make my roasted herb butter turkey, it's the recipe we've used for over a decade.

Want an easier Thanksgiving that is big on flavor and super low on effort? Don't miss my slowcooker boneless turkey breast. It is our new favorite.

Both recipes will give you enough turkey drippings to make the best easy homemade gravy ever.

Essential Thanksgiving Recipes

For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, these are the essential side dishes most menus are made up of:

More Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is all about choices. The more easy Thanksgiving side dishes, the better!

Here are a few more to round out your meal:

Thanksgiving Vegetables

Load the plates up with yummy fall vegetables, get the best Thanksgiving vegetables here:

Thanksgiving Breads

Fill that Thanksgiving bread basket with warm, fresh homemade bread. It's easier than you think!

Get all the best Thanksgiving breads here:

Thanksgiving Pies

The first thing most people think of when they hear the word "Thanksgiving" is PIES, PIES, PIES!

Pumpkin, pecan, and apple are all essential offerings but throw the kids a bone and add an OREO cream pie to the buffet table.

Get all my best easy Thanksgiving pies here:

Thanksgiving Desserts

If you need an easy Thanksgiving dessert that's not pie, there are still so many delicious seasonal offerings using apples, pecans, caramel, and pumpkin.

But maybe you're the one bringing dessert to the feast? You might need my make ahead Thanksgiving desserts that travel well.

Thanksgiving Appetizers

With all that planning for the main menu, don't forget to include a few easy last minute Thanksgiving appetizers.

Thanksgiving for Kids

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday to celebrate with the kids. Learn to set the cutest kids' table for the feast, find kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes, and focus on teaching gratitude.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

The day after Thanksgiving is filled with glorious leftovers, use them wisely:

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