When planning out your Thanksgiving menu it is key to create a Thanksgiving shopping list that is thorough and complete. Thanksgiving is stressful enough without having to deal with missing ingredients. In this post, I’m going to share how to plan out a Thanksgiving shopping list by using a Thanksgiving menu planner to give you Thanksgiving meal ideas.
To make this process easier, you can download the free Thanksgiving printable shopping list to help you create a Thanksgiving menu and traditional Thanksgiving menu that you’ll enjoy.
Thanksgiving meal ideas
It’s that time of year again when the days are shorter and the to-do lists never end. Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is time-consuming and quite overwhelming. Thanksgiving calls for a large feast that can almost feed a small army. With the appetizers, turkey, all of the side dishes, and yummy desserts it’s no wonder that you can feel overwhelmed right from the start.
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Thanksgiving menu planner
The most important thing is menu planning. Even though it is a feast in preparation, we cannot probably eat all we cook. Don’t forget how to manage time at Thanksgiving too.
Make sure that the appetizer only reaches the table if there is no heavy main course. Take a look at all of the sides. Maybe mashed potatoes, rolls, and a green vegetable will be sufficient.
Organize the entire menu – appetizers, sides, main dish, desserts.
Once your menu is planned out take time to organize this menu to help you create a shopping list. You further simplify the shopping list in the following manner.
- Main dish
Thanksgiving Meal Ideas
Traditional Thanksgiving menu
If you are stumped by what to serve this Thanksgiving. You can stick to a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Things to include on your menu are:
- Stuffing/Dressing (depending on what you call it)
- Cranberry Sauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Mashed Potatoes
Thanksgiving shopping list
Now is time to create a master Thanksgiving shopping list. You can create a list of everything that you will need for the big day. Then separate that list into perishable and non-perishable.
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Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of the Thanksgiving shopping list. Make sure you have a different list for different stores. This will make shopping more organized and easy.
When you complete your Thanksgiving shopping list it’s time to make a plan. Taking multiple trips on the route makes no sense. It is best to have a game plan for your shopping. It is always better to schedule your trips and create your shopping route.
Since shopping is typically done at more than one store for Thanksgiving dinner it’s a good idea to create an efficient route that will help save you time. One of the easiest ways of doing that is by creating a loop with your route.
Thanksgiving menu planner
By following the tips that I shared above and using the free Thanksgiving menu planner I hope that you’re able to plan out an amazing Thanksgiving that you get to enjoy. Whether you want a traditional Thanksgiving menu or something more modern, I got you covered on all you need to know.