Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan – November 22nd – November 28th

The holidays can be a busy time. This year I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving! Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week!

As an added bonus, I have included Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. “Make ahead” options are available each day that will save you time!

Here are my suggested dinner ideas with links to the recipes from November 22 to November 28.

Monday Dinner – November 22

Tuesday Dinner – November 23

  • NW One-Bowl Meal
  • Make Ahead – 
    1. Cook an extra 2 cups of wild rice mix for Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf served on Thanksgiving. I am going to double the pilaf recipe on Thanksgiving, so I will be cooking 3 cups of wild rice mix with 6 cups of broth to make both recipes.
    2. Roast an extra 1 ½ cups of butternut squash for Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf.  I am doubling the pilaf recipe so will roast 2 butternut squash. This will give me extra cooked squash to use for lunches.  I enjoy adding squash to my salads.

Wednesday Dinner – November 24

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving

Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu details the 8 menu items for dinner today. Refer to this post for a meal prep guide to help you prepare your holiday meal with ease.

Friday – November 26

  • Leftovers – Enjoy your efforts of making a wonderful Thanksgiving meal two days in a row.
  • Make Ahead – Save 1 cup of turkey for Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie for Sunday’s dinner

Saturday – November 27

Cauliflower “Fried” Rice: Plant-based. Meat or Quick & Easy

Sunday – November 28

Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie

If you found this weekly menu guide helpful, or if you would be interested in more posts like this please, let me know in the comments below. 

Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie: Healthy, Comforting Meal with Turkey Leftovers and Grain-Free Crust

No meat is needed for this tasty pot pie, but if you have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner you can add it to this recipe. Turkey pot pie is a comfort food enjoyed by many. This recipe makes a few healthy adjustments to the pot pie recipe while maintaining it’s comforting flavors . 

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Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan Option

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving 2017 is mine! I am thankful for memories of loved ones and joyful fellowship around the dinner table. Thanksgiving 2020 will be celebrated differently due to restrictions on gatherings in our state.  Enjoying a traditional meal with close family will maintain some familiarity and comfort in these unsettling times. 

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NW One-Bowl Meals: Simple & Healthy for the Entire Family

Nourishing one-bowl meals are simple, customizable and delicious. I enjoy serving them in our home to meet the different dietary needs and preferences in our family.  They are great to serve when entertaining so guests can customize their own bowls. The leftover ingredients also make quick & easy lunches the next week.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Quick & Easy Popular Holiday Side Dish

Oven roasted Brussels sprouts are quick and easy to prepare, making them the perfect side dish for your holiday meal. This is one dish where simple is better! All you do is roast brussels sprouts in the oven with a little olive oil for 20 minutes and these delicious vegetables are ready to serve.

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Apricot Bars: Holiday Snack – Sweet, Chewy & Easy

Staying away from sugar during the holidays can be a huge challenge! These tasty apricot bars help me get through the holidays without feeling deprived. With only 4 ingredients, they are quick and easy to make in a food processor. These bars keep in the freezer for 1 month. They thaw quickly so I can remove a few from the freezer when I’m craving a sweet treat. 

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Cauli-Mashed Potatoes: Delicious & Dairy-Free

Cauli-mashed potatoes is a dish worthy of any holiday table. Adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes is a delicious way to include more veggies in your meal. I prefer this creamy recipe over traditional mashed potatoes.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Pie: Delicious Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Dessert

Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving are a perfect match. This no-bake pie is a healthy take on the Thanksgiving classic and will support your body, leaving you satisfied during the holidays. I love knowing this tasty dessert is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and contains no refined sugars.

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What is My Medicinal Home?

Welcome! My Medicinal Home is here to support you to live a healthy life with more joy and ease. I have 45 years of experience, including significant self-study and numerous classes. I’m a certified health coach and have completed an herbal apprenticeship. All this has given me an abundance of insight that I’m excited to share to help you easily and effectively transition to healthy natural living. I have both received help from others and developed my own strategies.  I will provide links to other websites that have been valuable to me. My desire is for My Medicianal Home to be a tool to inspire you to develop a lifestyle that fits with your personal goals.   

Some things to know about my information: 

  1. Whole foods 

God has given us fruits, vegetables, wild foods, grains and meat to eat.  Food in its original form, or as close to its original form as possible, is God’s healing gift to us.  My recipes use whole foods with no wheat, eggs or dairy. Unfortunately these “no” foods have been tampered with over the decades and now may cause adverse effects to our bodies. 

  1. Herbs and wild foods

Healing herbs and wild foods are nature’s way of providing safe and powerful ways to heal and clean both our bodies and homes. Natural cleaning tips, first aid support and herbal remedies that have proven effective for myself and family are provided here. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice from your healthcare provider.

  1. Energy healing

Energy healing techniques have accelerated healing and improved my quality of life.  I considered these tools as self-help material. Scientifically, energy = mass x speed of light (E=mc2); therefore, energy work is science based not a mystical experience. Some energy healing teaching also has ties to Eastern religion, like the Chakra system. However, I look at energy healing as a tool grounded in the laws of nature and not as a religious practice.

In 2018, I unexpectedly encountered two powerful resources. Carol Tuttle’s work on energy healing, and Anthony William (The Medical Medium) information on healing from chronic and mystery illness were the tools I needed to more fully heal my mind and body. If it feels correct for you, you might find their teachings helpful as well. Neither myself nor this website are affiliated, supported or sponsored by these people or any other company.

The information on this website is from my personal journey. I continue to learn and adjust and believe the best way to move forward is one step at a time or what often feels like three steps forward and two steps backwards. Give yourself a lot of grace, go at your own pace, and start with what sounds most compelling to you. If you aren’t sure where to start, I would suggest the posts in Healthy Eating 101. Most of all have fun and enjoy living, eating and thinking towards becoming a healthier you.



Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf

Of all the pilaf recipes I’ve tried, this one is my favorite. It is a hearty, slightly sweet, and deeply satisfying dish that is perfect for the holidays. It’s also a wonderful vegetarian main dish and makes a great lunch the next day.

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Autumn Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad: Satisfying & Immune Boosting

I get excited for fall just thinking about eating this salad.  It is loaded with immune boosting antioxidants in the kale, apples, sweet potatoes & herbs.  It is a perfect dish to build up the body as we head into the flu and cold season. The colorful appearance and delicious fall flavors in this unique salad make it fun to serve to others.

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