Busy Mom Thanksgiving Menu

If you love a traditional Thanksgiving menu, this menu plan with recipes and grocery list is for you!Free Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plan


  • Turkey with Gravy
  • Cornbread or Regular Stuffing
  • Broccoli Cheese Casserole
  • Corn Casserole
  • Baked Potato Casserole
  • Quick Rolls


  • Baked CranApples
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Use the full menu, or just use it for your own Thanksgiving menu ideas. Recipes are below, or you can download the PDF file with the entire Thanksgiving menu and shopping list.


1. This menu should serve 8-10 adults plus smaller children comfortably. If you have growing teens, big appetites, or more people, I suggest doubling several of the side dishes and cooking a larger turkey.

2. Several of these dishes can be made ahead and refrigerated until time to bake. They are marked with ***.

3. Be absolutely sure to give your turkey enough time in the refrigerator to thaw!! Nothing is worse than finding a frozen turkey on Thanksgiving morning. Allow at least one day of refrigerator thawing for every 4 lbs. of turkey. Source: Butterball.com

4. The size of the turkey you buy will depend on the number of guests you are having and how many leftovers you want to have. You will find a 12-lb. turkey on the list and hopefully you will have leftovers for recipes we will be having in the near future, but adjust this according to your needs.






About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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