Thanksgiving Menu and Preparations 2013

Thanksgiving Menu and Preparations 2013 | Cookie Monster Cooking

Gobble gobble! Who is ready for Thanksgiving?? This girl sure is.

Planning and preparations are in full swing at our house … and I figured it was time once again to share my menu with you. Or should I say two menus. Oh right, that whole double thanksgiving thing. So let’s just jump right in, shall we? We’re going to break this down into two parts …

Thanksgiving Number 1: The Pre-Game

The challenge?  Gluten-free diets.  Which are especially hard for my gluten loving / carboholic self.

So, Thanksgiving Number 1. The joys of living far away from family. For the last five years or so, we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. So this year we decided it would be fun to have a smallish pretend Thanksgiving with my parents and sister ahead of the real turkey day.

This actually went down this past weekend. We kept the meal on the smaller side since this was just a warm-up of sorts. You know, a little teaser to get you even more pumped for T-day.

Main Dish & Sides:


*For the skillet apple crisp I subbed in almond flour for the all-purpose flour and it worked out great.

Thanksgiving Menu and Preparations 2013 | Cookie Monster Cooking

So let’s move on. To the big kahuna. The turkey bonanza. T-day.

Thanksgiving Number 2: The Real Deal

The challenge?  I’ve got picky eaters on my hands!  And some who don’t like change…

So as of right now, here’s what I have planned:


Main Dishes & Sides:


Whew. I’ve got some cooking ahead of me!

Thanksgiving Menu and Preparations 2013 | Cookie Monster Cooking

Since this is getting long, I’m going to point you to the post I wrote last year, which includes things I consider when making my menus and what I do to get our house ready as well. All those strategies are in full effect this year too.

Thanksgiving Menu and Preparations 2012

So there you have it. Now tell me about your plans. Are you hosting dinner? Making a few dishes? Just along for the ride? Share share!