From a vegan Thanksgiving to casual Friendsgiving, we have a menu that everyone around your table will love this holiday season.

Breana Killeen
October 04, 2019

Pictured Recipe: Red Wine Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Thanksgiving is about getting together and enjoying the company of those you love, reflecting on the year (almost) in the rear view mirror. However, we get that in food-focused holidays, it can get stressful. Not to worry—we have so many Thanksgiving dinner ideas, we made four menus to accommodate everyone at your table: a traditional menu, one for vegetarians, one for vegans and one for a get-together with friends. No matter who you are, we have a Thanksgiving menu for you. Mix and match or make a whole menu. We've also included drink pairings for each. For more ideas, browse all of our Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes.

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

It is tough to beat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For this reason, we have this modern Thanksgiving menu with the tried-and-true classic flavors. These recipes will make your holiday delicious, nutritious and memorable. Check out our recipes and wine pairing suggestions below:

Traditional Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Chorizo, Chestnut, Brussels Sprout & Apple Stuffing

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk 

Steamed Green Beans with Rosemary-Garlic Vinaigrette & Fried Shallots

Roasted Carrots with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff & Toasted Coconut

Clementine, Date & Port Cranberry Relish

Brown Butter Apple Pie

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel

Wine Pairings:

Red: 2018 Domaine Faury Collines Rhodaniennes IGP Syrah, Rhône, France ($24)

White: 2017 Château Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux, France ($17)

Pictured Recipe: Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Not into the turkey on Turkey Day? That's fine with us. We have created this vegetarian Thanksgiving menu that holds the meat but spares no flavor. You may even make a few carnivores jealous. See our recipes and wine pairing suggestions below:

Whole Roasted Romanesco with Labneh & Curry Oil

Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cornbread & Oyster-Mushroom Stuffing

Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel

Wine Pairings:

Red: Bouquetin Gamay, Vallée d'Aoste, Italy ($22)

White: 2017 Novellum Chardonnay, Languedoc-Roussillon, France ($13).

Pictured Recipe: Spatchcocked Turkey with Sage & Thyme

Friendsgiving Menu

Yes, it is possible to have a low-lift Thanksgiving with your friends. These simplified Friendsgiving recipes will save you time so you can focus on enjoying your night with your second family. With flavor combinations like this your friends will be seriously impressed. Read our Friendsgiving menu with drink pairings below:

Spatchcocked Turkey with Sage & Thyme

Mashed Celeriac with Herbs

Steamed Green Beans with Rosemary-Garlic Vinaigrette & Fried Shallots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives

5-Layer Homemade Pecan Pie

Wine & Cider pairings:

White: 2017 Obrigado Vera Vinho Verde, Portugal ($12)

Cider: Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider ($14)

Pictured Recipe: Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving, you may ask? Well, we have answers... and it's good news to all the plant-based people out there. This vegan Thanksgiving menu is decadent, savory and satiating. Check out our menu and wine pairing suggestions below:

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Spicy Agrodolce

Roasted Savoy Cabbage with Orange Vinaigrette

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Wine pairings:

Red: 2017 Frey Biodynamic Zinfandel, Mendocino, California ($20)

White: 2016 Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand ($24).

Regardless of your dietary restrictions (or lack there of), Thanksgiving should be enjoyable and grounding. These four Thanksgiving menu ideas with wine pairings will let you focus on the quality time. From the meat eaters to the herbivores in your life, any guest will be impressed with these Thanksgiving dinner ideas.

Thanksgiving Menus | EatingWell November 2019
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