Still trying to put together your Thanksgiving menu?
Listed below is a collection of our favorite Thanksgiving dinner recipes.
Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year, because it’s filled with nothing but comfort foods and dishes we just don’t cook every day. Fortunately for us, Jeff and I have at last two full Thanksgiving dinners every year since our families are not all able to get together for just one meal. So, we get to enjoy an even wider variety of dishes than normal.
Smoked turkey is a mouth-watering yet healthy way to impress your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner guests. Plus, it makes the best soup stock in the whole world. 1 PointPlus per ounce.
If you want to impress your Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas crowd, try smoking your own ham using this relatively simple method. Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving!
This fabulous spice rub smoked chicken is easy and economical to prepare. A kid favorite, and Weight Watchers-friendly! Only 3 to 4 PointsPlus per serving. 1 PointPlus per ounce.
A wonderful bourbon-based marinade for grilling one of my favorite and most tender cuts of meat–pork tenderloin! Only 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving!
An awesome non-traditional take on stuffing/dressing that uses sourdough bread, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms.
This Charles Dickens-style chestnut and wild rice stuffing is the perfect accompaniment to roast goose or turkey.
Our take on the Neely’s bourbon mashed sweet potatoes. So good that these could pass for dessert!
These cheesy scalloped potatoes are a total hit with my family — despite being Weight Watchers-friendly. Only 4 PointsPlus per serving!
These potatoes come out perfect. So flavorful and crispy. These pair very well with beef, pork, chicken, or fish. And if you’re counting, 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.
These creamy chunky mashed potatoes are one of my family’s favorite sides. Tastes fattening ,but only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus!
This Emeril Lagasse dish is pure heart-warming goodness that just cries out Thanksgiving dinner or a big family barbecue. It is rich, creamy, packed with cheese, and topped with bacon!
An easy delicious warm cheesy side dish that disguises healthy broccoli in a manner your kids will love. 7 PointsPlus per serving.
With a few simple substitutions, I made this excellent kid-approved Paula Deen comfort dish much healthier — only 4 Points! And since it gets made in the crockpot, you can start this dish well before your guests start to arrive.
When a crumbly crusty cheesy top is what you want on your mac and cheese, you won’t be disappointed in this Alton Brown recipe. Although we lightened it up a bit, at 10 PointsPlus, this is definitely a special occasion version. Comfort food perfection.
Emeril Lagasse’s cranberry sauce with port wine is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham, or anything else you like cranberries with! 5 PointsPlus per half-cup serving.
Great spiced apples are great with ham, pork chops, pork loin, or a crown roast, but also would be good on ice cream, pancakes, or waffles! 3 PointsPlus per serving.
Step-by-step write-up about the Pioneer Woman’s whiskey glazed carrots recipe. 7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.
Brussels sprouts are controversial in many families, but when you add bacon, they make a great Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishl!
This easy tangy grilled version of brussels sprouts is the main way we eat them in the Greene house. Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.
This healthy version of one of my favorite vegetable is surprisingly packed with flavor and cooks up quick! And at just 2 PointsPlus per serving, I can eat them whenever I want.
First Courses and Appetizers
An elegant spinach and bacon salad served with a warm bacon dressing. 5 PointsPlus for 4 first course servings, or 9 PointsPlus for 2 full servings.
An excellent recipe for a hit-of-the-party smoked salmon spread. Tastes best when made a day ahead of time, which leaves you one less thing do do on Thanksgiving day.
The most wonderful stuffed mushrooms you can imagine. Always a hit at parties!
How to turn artichokes from a thorny, hard, bitter thistle into a yummy boiled or marinated and grilled appetizer!
A super easy delicious crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be conveniently prepared in a crockpot while you attend to guests or other tasks. Perfect for game day or holiday parties!
This delicious Rachel Ray pumpkin soup is easy, cheap and perfect for your next Thanksgiving, Christmas or Autumn dinner party. 7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per first course serving.
Emeril Lagasse’s fabulous rich creamy broccoli cheese soup. Our kids flip over it, and my son asks for it every single holiday dinner.
A simple tasty rustic bean soup. Excellent for a first course!
The Rustic Garden Bistros fabulous roasted tomato soup. A big hit at dinner parties!
Step-by-step instructions for the Rustic Garden Bistro’s fabulous roasted red pepper soup. Only 6 Weight Watchers points! This delicious soup is one of our family’s Thanksgiving favorites.
Sweets and Treats
This Paula Deen easy make-ahead holiday dessert recipe is deceptively easy, yet elegant and delicious. Packed with the best flavors of Autumn, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
A delicious decadent Paula Deen breakfast that combines french toast with good ol’ southern pecan praline. Make it overnight for Thanksgiving morning, to hold your family and guests over until the big dinner.