Want to avoid the madness this year? Have just the family thanksgiving meal, stay home, and get to keep all the love and flavor this year.
We hear a lot about big Thanksgiving dinners. The ones where family and friends gather for the whole day and everyone is at peace with each other. But, let’s be honest most of the big family Thanksgiving you can cut the tension with a knife. There are feuds and bickering and of course, there is always that one family member that has too much to drink and speaks their truth bluntly and honestly with absolutely no filter.
That is why some years it is best to do it small stay home. Invite a few friends and do a potluck. Enjoy just your little family and a bottle of wine to yourself. The low key you get to stay in your sweats and just relax while enjoying the simple yet festive meal cooking away in your kitchen.
This Just Family Thanksgiving Meal is perfect for a smaller get together feeds 5-8 people. To make this holiday season less stressful make sure you scroll down for the entire shopping list along with some tips and tricks to make your day less stressful.
Just the Family Thanksgiving Menu
Just the Family Thanksgiving Meal Menu Grocery List
This Grocery List is a compiled list for every recipe in this dinner menu. Always review all the recipes represented in the menu. Double-check the grocery list to the recipes and your pantry and mark off anything you do have or anything for a recipe you decide not to make.
The Grocery List is set up in a few different ways.
- First, it is set up for you to see what you can buy weeks ahead of time while the stores are nice and stocked. And the other things that you will have to buy closer to the day you are having dinner.
- Second, it is set up to easily reference how much you will need to make the entire meal. The amount you will need for every item is listed. However, remember to review the recipes for any dislikes, allergies, and make sure the menu suits your needs. Then go through the fridge and the pantry and mark off anything you already have, and you won’t need it.
Some items you will have extra of like garlic, herbs, and some baking items. Unfortunately, you can’t go to the store and ask for only 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Plan Out Your Holiday Menu Timeline
Creating a plan as to when things will be cooked, prepared, and even what dish you will serve each dish in will save you a countless amount of stress come the day of the big dinner.
Review your recipes and determine what you can prep ahead of time. Look in your fridge and map out how much space you will have to store all the prepped items.
Also review the recipes to see if you will need any extra kitchen equipment like a large roasting pan, crockpot, or instant pot. If you do not have one of these items that may be required to make a recipe you want to try, reach out to the blogger and ask if there is an alternative cooking method. You don’t have to go out and buy new stuff unless you want to, usually, there are alternative ways to make these items.
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