These Weekly Menu recipes allow you to get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try some delicious and easy dishes! This week I highly recommend making the Gobbler Thanksgiving Rolls, the Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers, and the Roasted Shrimp Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette!
Happy Sunday TKW Family and Happy almost Thanksgiving! When it comes to Thanksgiving – do you cook or do you go elsewhere? What about the number of times you eat that day? Growing up we often had 2-3 Thanksgiving meals on a single day. If Grandma wanted to cook and so did my Mom we’d have to go to Grandma’s house at 11 am for a full meal and then come home to my Mom’s full meal at 3 pm! THEN.. those family and friends that didn’t make it to either meal would come over around 8 pm for pretty much a full meal as there were leftovers for days!
Normally I cook for just us. Sometimes we have friends join us but I kind of like the intimacy of just us for dinner. Plus if I’m being completely transparent here – we can eat it in our PJs, my hair can be pulled in a ponytail and I can just be relaxed. No set schedule you know?
Did you take your turkey out of the freezer yet? Do you know when you should?
I put together a great guide HERE on Turkey 101 and how to properly thaw a turkey!
Thawing in the refrigerator is the only safe way to defrost a frozen turkey. Here’s how to do it:
- Make sure that your refrigerator is at 40°F or colder.
- Leave the turkey in its original wrapper.
- Thaw breast side up.
- Place the bird on a tray or in a pan to collect any juices that leak out.
- Keep it at the bottom of your fridge so that any leakage won’t contaminate anything below.
- Allow 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of frozen turkey.
Here are the basic weight guidelines for refrigerator thawing:
Turkey Weight Thawing Time Up to 12 lbs 1-3 days 12 to 16 lbs 3-4 days 16 to 20 lbs 4-5 days 20 to 24 lbs 5-6 days
How long to cook a turkey
You’ll DEFINITELY want to check out this post as it gives the times for stuffed and unstuffed!
♥ For whole turkeys, turkey breasts or even a boneless bird cook them at 325F (standard or convection). Your bird will state what temperature to cook it at. Some manufacturers say 325F while others say 350F. I personally go with 325F as that falls into alignment with the USDA.
Weekly Menu Recipes
With that guys, I’m going to ship this off to your inboxes. My hand has been hurting more than normal (not sure if it’s from PT or the ‘funky pop’ I felt where he did the surgery is a bad thing. I have a date with a heating pad and some Aleve in a few minutes. Below I’ve put together some easy and delicious meal prep recipes that can help with dinner or lunch for the week. Plus dessert as well, you always have to have dessert! Is your favorite recipe listed below?
With that, have one fantabulously amazing week!
♥ Monday – Roasted Shrimp Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
♥ Tuesday – Pumpkin Beef Chili
♥ Wednesday – Instant Pot Chicken Barbacoa Freezer Burritos
♥ Thursday – Sheet Pan Savory Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Hasselback Potatoes and Stuffed Mushrooms
♥ Friday – Gobbler Pizza
♥ Saturday – Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers
♥ Sunday – Gobbler Thanksgiving Rolls
♥ Dessert of the week – Orange Cranberry Cheesecake Bundt Cake