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November Family Meal Plan

November is upon us, and once again I’m surprised! Halloween has been here and gone, and I’m now in FULL  ON  THANKSGIVING mode. We host, almost every year, and it is my FAVORITE holiday. 

The last few years though I’ve been so frazzled when it actually comes that I don’t think I’ve really given it my BEST effort, so I’m on a quest. 

November Family Meal Plan

This month is going to be allllll about those fall flavors, and perfecting what is going to end up on my Thanksgiving table. It may not be decorated like I see in the magazines, but I’m going to make sure the food being eaten on it could live in magazine land should it be given the proper lighting, camera, and vision.

I can’t wait for you guys to try some of these recipes from my favorite blogging friends! Let me know what you love, and what you want to see for next month as well. 

November – Week 1 Menu

The first week of November is always frazzled around here. We’ve all got Halloween hangovers. SO MANY CANDY WRAPPERS. Where is the bottom of my sink? Or, maybe is this the cleanest my kitchen has ever been since we’ve been feasting on leftovers or take-out for the last several days? Who knows. 

We’re going to dive into some fall and winter classics this week. Find something you can’t live without!

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Dinner Homemade Alfredo Beef Vegetable Soup Baked Chicken Parm
Side BBQ Ranch Cornbread Salad Baked Sweet Potato Fries Best Garlic Bread
Dessert Apple-filled Pull-Apart Bread Last-Minute Bread Pudding Pistachio Salad
Drink Blackberry Margaritas Rumberry Punch Cranberry Cocktail Blue Hawaiian Long Island

There is nothing like a REALLY good alfredo. This awesome dish, below, is going into my regular rotation – stat.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce over linguini in a white bowl on a nicely decorated table

Homemade Alfredo Sauce by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Later on this week we’re hitting the pasta train again with the easy Baked Chicken Parm pictured below! I love fall cooking and all the casseroles, hot-dishes, and baked goods that come out of my oven.

Baked Chicken Parm in a casserole dish held with potholders in hands

Baked Chicken Parm from Easy and Delish


  Thursday Friday Saturday
Dinner Brazilian Shrimp Stew Laughing Cow Chicken Apple Glazed Cornish Hen
Side Greek Rice Easy Fried Mushrooms Oven-roasted Garlic Green Beans
Dessert Instant Pot Eggnog Cheesecake Ruby Apple Pie Pumpkin Pie Bites
Drink Blackberry Margarita Mimosa Grown-up Pink Lemonade Holiday Wine Spritzer


November – Week 2 Menu


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Dinner Lemon Chicken Tajine Bacon, Basil, Tomato Pasta Korean Beef
Side Airfryer Buffalo Cauliflower Tots Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese Pressure Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup
Dessert Cherry Berry on a Cloud Fresh Apple Crisp Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Drink Strawberry White Wine Spritzer Cranberry Champagne Punch Baby Blue Punch


Fire up some fancy in your life and make this awesome Prime Rib roast. I can almost smell it through my screen!

Prime Rib Roast cooked perfectly on a cutting board in the middle of a table full of food.

This melt-in-your-mouth prime rib recipe is from Foodie and Wine


  Thursday Friday Saturday
Dinner Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff Stuffed Chicken Breast Prime Rib Roast
Side Best Deviled Eggs Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole Shrimp Scampi Dip
Dessert Caramel Apple Crisp Magic Cookie Bars Instant Pot Strawberry Cheesecake Big Batch Brownies
Drink Lemongrass Lemon Drop Raspberry Margarita Slow Cooker Apple Citrus Cider


Instant Pot Cheesecake

Instant Pot Strawberry Cheesecake from Or Whatever You Do

November – Week 3 Menu

Thanksgiving week! Here are some Thanksgiving recipes you can make as well as the awesome options below. Including a normal Thursday even though it’ll be turkey-central for most of us.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Dinner Skillet Lasagna Beef Stew Maple Mustard Pork Roast
Side Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables Chargrilled Pumpkin Salad Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Dessert No-Bake Eggnog Pie Scratch Chocolate Pudding Pie Easy Classic Lemon Bars
Drink Cranberry Orange Mimosa Raspberry Sangria Cherry Peach Punch

If you want an Instant Pot version of Beef Stew, try this one from Meatloaf and Mellowdrama!

  Thursday Friday Saturday
Dinner Cheesy Chicken Potato Soup Buffalo Chicken Bread 
(Use leftover turkey!)
Instant Pot Swiss Steak
Side Stovetop Candied Yams Airfryer Honey Goat Cheese Balls Cream of Mushroom Soup
Dessert Raspberry Angel Food Cake Pumpkin Pie Dessert Dip Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Drink Salted Caramel Apple Spiked Cider Pineapple Prosecco Cocktail Orange Creamsicle Mimosa


Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup by Manu’s Menu


Cheesy Chicken Potato Soup

Cheesy Chicken Potato Soup by Little Dairy on the Prairie

November – Week 4 Menu

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Dinner Crock Pot Tortilla Soup Shrimp and Grits Tortellini Pasta Carbonara
Side Skillet Sweet Potato Casserole Black Eyed Pea Salad Roasted Root Vegetables
Dessert Pecan Pie Cheesecake Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Apple Skillet Cookie
Drink   Apple Cider Sangria Kahlua Mudslides

This Zuppa Toscana from Foodie and Wine is going to be my new winter “go-to” soup. It looks so creamy and delicious, and since taking 9 people out to a restaurant costs approximately 18 zillion dollars – it also might be the only way my children are trying this until they are adults and can take their own selves out to a restaurant. 


  Thursday Friday Saturday
Dinner Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo (make it with Turkey!) Chicken Enchilada Skillet Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Side     Cheese Korokke
Dessert Pumpkin Cream Mousse Arroz Con Leche Hershey Chocolate Bundt Cake
Drink Meyer Lemon Mimosa Abominable Snowman Cocktail Mason Jar Margarita


Arroz Con Leche in a purple bowl

Arroz Con Leche from Mom Makes Dinner

Obviously, we don’t do a homemade dessert every day of the week, or a cocktail with dinner either, but I wanted to give you all some options if the mood happens to strike!

Hershey’s Chocolate Bundt Cake by Pink When

If you enjoy this meal plan, let me know in the comments below, and share with your friends! This is a new series for me and I want to make sure it is as useful as possible for you all!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Here We Come!

Want some other ideas? Check out these other awesome dinners:

One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein

One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein from April Go Lightly

And these side dishes:

Eat Keto? Here are some great options for you!


There you have it! Another month of awesome recipes and dinner ideas from some of my favorite bloggers. I hope you find something awesome, and let me know what you think!

Denise Browning

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Such a great well organized menu. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Thanks, Denise! Appreciate you stopping by! <3