Thanksgiving Menus: Recipes for Your Holiday Feast

Choose from one of our Thanksgiving menus to suit your mood, whether you're looking for classic Thanksgiving recipes or an all-vegetarian celebration.


Simple Thanksgiving
Draw your family near and give thanks for what you have. This frugal Thanksgiving includes traditional menu items without fuss or unneccessary expense. Savvy-shopper items like frozen bread loaves are less expensive than bakery bread and can be used both in the stuffing and on the table.

Heirloom Thanksgiving
These recipes are from iVillage members who have shared their recipes and family traditions on our Heirloom Recipes board.

Thanks for the Leftovers!
Be thankful for leftovers! If the turkey's big enough, one night of cooking will leave you with meals for a few more days.

7 Steps to Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Feast
Ready to fly solo? Create your own Thanksgiving menu with this handy guide that shows you how to match dishes and plan ahead.

Hassle-Free Thanksgiving for the Complete Beginner
First Thanksgiving ever? Have no fear, we've prepared an easy, no-fail menu with step-by-step instructions.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving
Want to avoid the rush for Thanksgiving? All these recipes either freeze well or are enhanced by being made ahead of time. On Thursday all you'll have to do is reheat. Don't get locked in the kitchen -- enjoy the day with family!

Thanksgiving for 6 in under an Hour
Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean roasting a whole bird and feeding half the neighborhood. This menu offers the flavors of a traditional turkey day feast, with a lot less work.

Southern Thanksgiving
Treat your family to a little Southern hospitality this year. This traditional menu includes buttermilk biscuits, corn bread dressing, bourbon-spiked turkey, greens, pecan pie and more.

New England Thanksgiving
New England's charm can be shared at Thanksgiving by serving this friendly meal. The fantastic flavor of fresh cranberries becomes a highlight, not simply a jelly served on the side.

French Country-Style Thanksgiving
The all-American feast gets a French twist with a traditional Thanksgiving meal from chef José de Meirelles of New York City's Brasserie les Halles. Filled with rich and rustic flavors of the French countryside, it is deceptively simple to prepare, does not require any special equipment, specialty store ingredients -- or a culinary degree!

Waistline-Friendly Thanksgiving
Tired of unbuttoning your pants at the end of the meal? Create a healthy holiday meal that sacrifices calories, not taste. For more information, read the dietitian's guidelines for substituting low-fat ingredients in your favorite recipes.

Suzanne Somers's Low-Carb Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is usually a table full of carbohydrates with a turkey centerpiece. This extremely flavorful low-carb meal, which will keep your high-protein diet on track, is full of traditional feel.

Native Vegetarian Thanksgiving
You don't need a turkey to have a traditional Thanksgiving. Think of the foods the Native Americans brought to the settlers: squash, corn and beans. This meal will serve six friends or family.

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