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

Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD
Updated October 08, 2020
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turkey, gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans on a brown plate on a tiles green and blue surface
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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 five menus to accommodate everyone at your table: a traditional menu, one for vegetarians, one for vegans, one with a little spice 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.

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1 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:

Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Herbed Pan Gravy

Cranberry Relish

Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

Green Beans with Pistachios & Orange

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Custard Pecan Pie

Wine Pairings:

2018 Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($20)

2017 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quince Glaze

2 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:

Cauliflower & White Bean Soup with Herb Croutons

Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Mixed Green Salad with Blood Oranges

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quince Glaze

Buttermilk Poundcake with Orange Curd

Wine Pairings:

2019 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay, Robertson, South Africa ($18)

2019 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais, Burgundy, France ($18)

Spiced Pomegranate Molasses Chicken Thighs

3 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:

Oysters with Roasted Shiitake Mignonette

Spiced Pomegranate Molasses Chicken Thighs

Roasted Fennel & Delicata Squash with Olive & Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Double Pumpkin Roll Cake with Pecan-Cream Cheese Filling

Wine pairings:

NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, Napa Valley, California ($20)

2017 Ben Marco Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina ($17)

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

4 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).

casserole dish with corn pudding on a green and blue tiled surface
Credit: Johnny Autry

5 A Little Bit of Spice

Kick your Thanksgiving menu up a notch with a little heat from red chile peppers.

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Dip

Red Chile-Citrus Glazed Roast Turkey & Pan Sauce

Red Chile Mashed Potatoes

Braised Greens

Bacon-Rosemary Corn Pudding

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie

Wine pairings:

2018 Pascal Janvier Jasnieres, Loire, France ($23)

2017 Quinta do Crasto Douro Red, Douro, Portugal ($19)

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

Thanksgiving Menus | EatingWell November 2020