We are in the home stretch!  The energy I have been noticing is that people are either feeling like this is going to be the easiest Thanksgiving ever because they’re cooking for 6 instead of 26 OR they are panicking because they have to cook Thanksgiving for the first time ever in their entire lives.  This is no time to put pressure on ourselves to do anything more than we are capable of.  So the dinners leading up to Thanksgiving should be EASY!  For anyone already planning ahead, Prolon is having a great black Friday sale until November 30th. Click here to get $50 off prolon + 30 ct Free Fast Bar with Free Shipping with code: BFCM50. Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Meatless Monday: Naan pizza (spread your favorite topping on fresh naan bread from the store and roast in the oven until ingredients are warmed and cheese is melted), green salad with Everyday Salad Dressing #1

Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken tacos served bowl-style with rice, organic black or pinto beans, freshly shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radish rounds and fresh avocado

Wednesday: Tuna pattiesWinter Vegetable Slaw with Ginger and Lime from Kitchen Matters mixed with quinoa and any leftover avocado.

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re still searching for recipes and tips, my new Thanksgiving E-Book is here

Friday: Leftovers!  Check out these recipes for Spinach and Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing Egg Bake, Mashed Potato Croquettes, use this Chicken Pot Pie recipe and sub turkey for chicken and gravy for the flour/stock combo + whatever leftover vegetables are left.  Or take any recipe that uses cooked chicken and swap in cooked turkey.

Saturday brunch: Turkey Barley Soup with Lemon

Sunday: Giant salad with leftover turkey and roasted vegetables tossed with a simple unrefined extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt


Here’s what you can do ahead if you need to:


Wash and dry all veggies

Make all dressings, marinades and sauces

Make rice and quinoa


Prep slaw ingredients


Make turkey stock with your leftover turkey carcass.  (Or use chicken stock and make this soup with that.)


For ALL my Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips, check out my new Thanksgiving eBook!

Here’s a link to my previous dinner planners.


My new cookbook, Quicker Than Quick, is here!  I have LOVED seeing all your creations of my recipes on Instagram. If you make any of my recipes, please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman so I can check them out!  If you have 1 minute, would you mind leaving a review on amazon?  I would be so grateful, thank you!

Take a peek at my first cookbook “Kitchen Matters”!

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  1. Hi Pamela,

    I have the ebook from last year which I LOVE. This year we are only 3 meat eaters so I think I want to make a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Is there a special recipe for that?


  2. That would be me in the “easiest Thanksgiving ever” category. Instead our usual dinner for 20+ we’re having an outdoor Thanksgiving lunch for 5 with two kindergarten cousins (and they requested Annie’s mac and cheese). I re watched your spatchcock turkey class last night and printed out all my recipes. Wish me luck as I’m going to Whole Foods this morning in hopes of getting a turkey!

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