November Meal Plan

Howdy, howdy.  As we head into the holiday season it’s fair to say that most of us will be amping up our cooking game.  Meals for friends, extended family coming to stay, and of course, in November, Thanksgiving come up at the end of the month.  Lots of meals to plan and cook, some robust dinners for a crowd, but also dinners for busy weeknights, and who knows, maybe a brunch or two?  I’ve got you covered – I’m also in the same boat!  (Plus, this year my younger son’s birthday is on Thanksgiving itself, so I’ve got to toggle between a birthday cake and a bunch of pies!)

Turkey Marsala

And’ tis the season for butternut squash and Brussels sprouts.  Casseroles and braises.  Pot pies and roasts.  And yes, a whole turkey.  This list is but the tip of the food iceberg for one of the busiest, “foodiest” months of the year.   It also happens to be the time of year my family loves best food-wise, so there’s a lot of seasonal choices to explore. 

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, do try typing your desired dish into the search bar – it very well might be here.  And if it’s not, please drop me a note – recipe development and testing go on about 365 days out of the year, so if there’s something you’re craving that I don’t have let me know!  It might very well go on the list of recipes to create for the future.

23 Seasonal Recipes to Make This November

Moroccan Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

A root vegetable soup gets a Moroccan-spiced twist.

Fried Egg and Cheese Tostadas

A crisp tostada with cheese, vegetables, and a golden fried egg on top is a perfect brunch, lunch or dinner.

Creamy Stuffed Breakfast Crepes

These sweet breakfast crepes — or blintzes — are stuffed with a creamy cheese filling, topped with berry sauce, and surprisingly easy to make.

Easy Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy and soul-satisfying, with a sauce that leans on real whole milk for its body and richness.

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Possibly the most perfect comfort-food side dish in the world.

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

If you start your gravy the day before, it makes the gravy making process much faster, and the results even richer. 

Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

All you need to know to get a perfectly roasted moist and tender turkey on the table.

Turkey Marsala

Tender turkey tenderloins take center stage in this classic Italian dish with savory, mushroomy sauce.

Simple Butter Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A perfect three ingredient recipe (including the salt!). Because sweet potatoes+butter+salt+heat are a winning combination.

Pesto Crescent Rolls

With a quick brush of pesto and a sprinkle of cheese refrigerated crescent rolls become something extra special.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving are pretty non-negotiable, and this casserole gives them a starring role.

Best Pumpkin Bread

All of 10 minutes to get into the oven.

Caramel Apples

Homemade caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make, and purely joyful. 

Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts

Kind of like Brussels sprouts au gratin.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

Alex Guarnascelli’s sophisticated but not at all complicated brussels are pretty close to divine.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Super crispy on the outside, tender but not mushy on the inside, they are like roasted Brussels sprouts at their best.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Creamy Sauce

This is a terrific autumnal or holiday side dish.

Green Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, and Goat Cheese

This salad has so much going on in terms of color, flavor, texture, and a definite fall/winter/holiday vibe.

Creamed Pearl Onions

This belongs on any holiday table, and then some.

Classic Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

This is that perfect stuffing that makes Thanksgiving feel like Thanksgiving (and it's vegetarian).

Cornbread Dressing

This is the dressing (or stuffing!) we all want on the holiday table: satisfying, flavorful, moist, and filled with texture and color.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade light and flaky biscuits are so easy to make, and you can make the dough ahead of time!

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Smooth and creamy, spiced with cinnamon and cloves, this is the pumpkin pie we dream about. Thanksgiving, here we come!

Also, some good-to-know kitchen and holiday stuff: How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash, How to Peel Pearl Onions, How to Make A DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece, A Fun Thanksgiving Craft Table for the Kids, 11 Must-Have Thanksgiving Tools.

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