30 Pre-Thanksgiving Meal and Snack Ideas

Stress-free cooking for the busy weeks in November leading up to Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving Day can feel like it’s preceded by Preparation Month — and everyday meals fall by the wayside. If holiday cooking is taking over your kitchen, these recipes will help you reclaim your table!  Our collection of healthy and easy mix-and-match dishes — broken out into soups, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and seasonal fruity snacks — can be just for you, or easily scaled up if you’re making food for the family. Leave the takeout menus in the drawer, and make yourself a Plan-friendly stir-fry, soup, or sandwich instead.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

Pear and Butternut Squash Soup

Moroccan Vegetable and Chicken Soup

Barley and Mushroom Soup

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

White Bean-Escarole Soup


Pear and Smoked Turkey Wrap

Bacon, Cheddar and Tomato Sandwich

Moo Shu Chicken Wrap

Cuban Pressed Sandwich

Turkey and Apple Sandwich

Open-Face Chopped Deviled Egg Sandwich

Pear, Jicama and Escarole Salad

Ranch Chicken Salad

Orange, Olive and Feta Salad

Vegetarian Tossed Salad

Quick Nicoise Salad

Greek Chicken Salad


Italian Sausage and Pepper Saute

Lazy Lo Mein

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Individual Baked Ziti

Pasta with Spicy Broccoli

Asian Sesame Noodles


Apple Slices with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Pumpkin-Pear Tartlet

Fruit, Cheese and Nut Plate

Baked Pear with Raspberry Syrup and Chocolate Chips

Apples with Chocolate-Peanut Dip

Crunchy Apple-Pie Wrap