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Menu Plan {November 19th-26th}

This week is not only Thanksgiving, it is also my daughter’s birthday. We let our kids pick the meals for their birthdays, which often makes for some interesting meals. This year though my daughter choose pretty normal meals. She choose waffles for breakfast, corndog muffins for lunch, sausage and sauerkraut for dinner, and pumpkin bars for dessert.

Now, I know that sausage and sauerkraut may be an odd choice for a child, but she loves sauerkraut, and I do not. It is up there with my least favorite foods and I do not cook it very often, so she chooses it any chance she gets.

I am keeping the plan pretty simple this week since it is Thanksgiving. I will admit though that I am not cooking a turkey this year for Thanksgiving. I am going against tradition, and everyone else, and cooking ham. But the thing is I have a freezer full of pork and I have a lot of ham, I have not seen a really good deal on turkey this year, so I figure why spend money on turkey when I have plenty of perfectly good meat in my freezer.

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and I am thankful for the meat we have and I will make good use of it this Thanksgiving. Am I the only one serving a bit of an untraditional Thanksgiving dinner?


out to eat

sausage and sauerkraut for my daughter’s birthday

biscuits and gravy

slow cooked bean with bacon soup

ham, potatoes, corn pudding, and a few other things


pork roast and rice

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Monday.


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  1. You are not the only not cooking turkey. I’m roasting a chicken. My father in law doesnt like turkey and the rest of us dont care. I’m also cooking a small ham.

  2. I always chose sausage and sauerkraut when my grandma let me choose for my birthday. Probably since I was 7.

  3. We decided against a turkey this year too and decided to go totally unconventional – I have three children, and my husband and I decided to let them each pick their favorite dish, and we will supplement with our favorite dishes, and we’re calling that Thanksgiving dinner. My oldest picked hash brown casserole, my middle picked tator tots, and my youngest picked mashed potatoes- that’s a LOT of carbs!!! We’ll supplement with some veggies, but my kids are looking forward to the feast!

    • What a fun way to plan Thanksgiving dinner! That will be a meal your kids will remember, and that is the fun of the holiday, creating memories. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. I know many folks who choose ham over turkey for Thanksgiving; they just don’t care for turkey. Here in my part of the South, the menu seems to include both for many families as the hams disappear from the meat department almost as much as the turkeys.

    I like your attitude about buying turkey versus using meat you’re thankful for in the freezer. I also love the favorite foods feast. We’re doing a bit of that for our side dishes.

  5. My daughter’s birthday is the day before Thanksgiving this year she was born the day after, but has not fallen after Thanksgiving much since!). She has asked for a homemade ice-cream cake with generic 🙂 Oreo cookie crust, strawberry icecream, mini marshmallows, whipped topping, chocolate syrup, and Rainbow Twizzler pieces. It should be interesting!
    We are also going to be totally untraditional for Thanksgiving. We go spend Thanksgiving with my side of the family every other year, and this is the “off” year. We are a homeschooling family with 9 children (2 sets of twins), 13 1/2 yrs old down to 19 month old twins, so life can be very hectic. I already had a homemade lasagna in the freezer, so we are having an “Italian” Thanksgiving meal with cheesy garlic bread and salad on the side. For dessert, we will have peaches ‘n’ cream pie, chocolate turtle cheesecake in a 13×9 pan ( to go further!), and either apple pie or a new recipe for apple Danish pastry. My husband doesn’t mind, as he is not thrilled with traditional Thanksgiving food, but loves lasagna. The children and I will miss the turkey aa this is the only time of year we have it. They like lasagna, though, as we only have that a few times a year.

  6. My cousins were raised on a turkey farm and they flat out refuse to eat anything that looks like a bird. We always have ham.

    We always eat lasagna at Christmas. I started the tradition when my daughter was born because I can make it well in advance in a disposable; I would rather spend time with my family than clean up the kitchen…

    My daughter loves sauerkraut too but my husband hates it so that is what she always requests when her dad is not home for dinner.

  7. I’ve never cooked a turkey in my whole life! We usually have Cornish game hens, which most of us prefer.

  8. I love turkey, but do not cook it very often due to the huge amount of leftovers lolol. so we are having the traditional turkey and stuffing for dinner on thursday.

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