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
Crispy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is right in line with how I roll with my slow cooker. Not a soup or stew or saucy concoction you may immediately think about when you think “slow cooker” but 90% of the time it is for simple crispy meat recipes.
You folks who want to have a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie. How about a turkey dinner in the crockpot. You say it can’t be done? Yes it can! Now you can have turkey any time of year, and pull out those Christmas decorations sooner!
Crockpot Thanksgiving Dinner – Boneless turkey breast slow cooks with sweet potatoes, carrots, celery and cornbread stuffing. The perfect, EASY way to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family!
Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing is a light and moist stuffing made in the slow cooker loaded with rich flavor and texture from cranberries, golden raisins, pecans and leeks. While your turkey is baking away in the oven, allow yourself the ease of preparing your stuffing in your Crock Pot. It is so easy, all you have to do is mix it up, set it and forget it!
This recipe will up my side dish game. This is a perfect side dish for a southern main dishes like fried chicken, a barbecue brisket or even better with a slow cooker pulled pork!
Learn how to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. This recipe is quick and easy and makes the creamiest mashed potatoes that are flavored with fresh herbs right in the crockpot!
This recipe for Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole makes a ton, when I made this for thanksgiving, it fed about 15, with lots of leftovers. So, I would think this recipe could serve up to 20 people.
This slow cooker cranberry sauce could not be easier! Plus it’s super tasty and easy to customize with your desired kind and amount of sweetener.
Crock Pot Applesauce-full of natural flavor and spices.
Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls - who knew you could use your slow cooker to bake rolls?!?! Great for the holidays when your oven is full.
This is an amazingly simple pumpkin bread recipe that will leave you wanting MORE. I cooking the bread in the crockpot instead of the oven so I didn't warm my home on a hot day! A side effect of slow cooking the bread, it's incredibly moist!
If you bake it, fall will come. I’m repeating that sentence to myself over and over while I make lots of fall flavors. I’m ready for cooler temperatures – and apple desserts, like this Crockpot Apple Dump Cake.
If you’re looking for an easy dessert, this crockpot apple cobbler is as easy as “set it and forget it”. You’ll use the slow cooker for this delicious treat, and using a cake mix as the base makes it convenient and simple.
Let your slow cooker make dessert! This Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake is easy and perfectly delicious for fall!
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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Thanksgiving is expensive. It is a huge meal for a big group and everything that needs to be purchased adds up. When creating your Thanksgiving shopping list you’ll want to shop at more than one store. It’s great to shop all of the ads and land some great deals.
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.