While I might be a bit ahead of myself since the rest of next week's meal plan is anything but done, I thought I would let you steal all my awesome ideas in time to go shopping. Well... I think they are awesome at least. This menu is soy, maple, sesame, nut, and food coloring free. As for any other allergy you would have to read the ingredients. This seems like a ton of food for 8 adults and 3 kids, but my idea is that a) finding great sales, I shop within our normal budget and b) I am spending all day/week cooking anyway. Might as well put on a nice spread and have plenty to fill up the freezer for later.
Our main dish:
Turkey, we have done this one in the past and I think we might do it again. I found that I can use 100% white grape juice and it still tastes great without all the fructose I find in the white cranberry juices.
For sides we have:
- Sweet potato mash- We use this Twice baked potato recipie and don't restuff the skins. Also we leave out the walnuts.
- Thankfull Rolls- any bread in this house has to be homemade and, when I saw these, I just had to try them.
- Stuffing- We made these Cornish Hens last year and I loved the stuffing so much we are making it again. If we didn't have 11 people coming this year I would be tempted to make the hens again. I have yet to figure out what fruit bits are, but craisins are a good substitute.
- Cranberry Sauce- We have always bought it in the can. Boring, I know, and I finally just read the ingredients, so I am giving this a try. I'll be honest: I have a can waiting just in case it doesn't work out.
- Roasted Vegetables - I love the oil and herbs. It makes it feel like a special dish.
- Vegetable Platter with dip- green and red peppers, carrots, olives, and celery. The yogurt for the dip will be greek or homemade.
- Hot artichoke and spinach dip with homemade french bread- This is a family favorite that gets made any time we have an excuse. It's a great way to sneak more spinach into our diet. While the artichokes are tasty, you can leave them out and still have a terrific snack. While I normally would lean toward whole wheat, some of our family tolerate white bread better.
- Pumpkin Pie- I always made it from a can. I was tempted to cook a pumkin this year, but the price just didn't make it practical. The pie crust I have always had a problem making so we will be trying this recipie.
- Pumpkin bread- this is always a hit and I try to keep a couple loaves in my freezer for unexpected visits. We replaced the raisins and nuts with craisins.
- Homemade ice cream -mint just happens to be what my daughter has been asking for, and the kids will have a great time playing with our Ice cream ball.
- Tea and coffee
- Hot cider
- juice for the little ones
If you're looking for a cake, don't forget to check out my homemade cake post for a cute turkey.
For more great Ideas check out the Foodie Friday link-up.