This quick and healthy 15-minute dinners are easy to make and pack in the veggies to help you feel your best leading up to the big feast.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
November 21, 2020
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However you’re planning to spend your Thanksgiving this year, at least some things will remain the same. You can still enjoy your favorite dishes, even if you’re cooking for a smaller crowd or on a budget and you’ll still need quick and easy dinners leading up to the feast. That’s where this week’s menu comes in handy, with light and easy 15-minute meals Sunday through Wednesday, a tasty Thanksgiving menu for Thursday, plus a healthy dinner idea for how to use up next-day leftovers creatively. 

Your Meal Plan

Sunday’s Quick Shrimp Puttanesca kicks off this week of 15-minute dinners. Featuring flavors of the Mediterranean, this meal is both healthy and comforting. I love the briny olives and capers in this recipe, plus the artichokes help to up the veggie count. Pairing Monday’s fast Chickpea Curry with riced cauliflower is another easy way to add veggies to your meal, and serving Tuesday’s speedy salmon salad in an avocado helps, too! These extra veggies earlier in the week help my body feel balanced heading into the holiday. 

People sure are passionate about their Thanksgiving must-haves—I certainly can’t go without buttery mashed potatoes, creamy green bean casserole and hot gravy. Honestly, if they were the only things on the table, I’d be happy! But to keep everyone happy, there’s a little bit of everything in Thursday’s menu. If you’re skipping the traditional meal, choose another 15-minute recipe to cover you for that night.

Cheers!

Sunday: Quick Shrimp Puttanesca with greens topped with Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette

Monday: Chickpea Curry over cauliflower rice

Tuesday: Salmon-Stuffed Avocados with greens topped with Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette

Thursday Dinner: Herb-Roasted Turkey (or go with a smaller Roast Chicken)

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Big Batch Breakfast 

Start each day off on a healthy note with this fiber-packed Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding. If you haven’t tried chia pudding yet, I highly recommend you do—it’s delicious! Plus, with 10 grams of fiber per serving, these tasty cups will help to keep your digestive system working in tip-top shape, even with all the Thanksgiving goodies.

Treat Yourself

A good Negroni is something I look forward to on special occasions, so that’s going to be my pre-dinner drink of choice on Thanksgiving. I love the just-bitter-enough flavor from the Campari and I usually add a squeeze of fresh orange juice, too. It makes it taste—and smell—extra amazing!

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