Weeknight Meal Planner: Thanksgiving Week

Meal planning during the week of Thanksgiving is all about choosing super-easy, shortcut dishes and making the most of leftovers.

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    Poppy Seed Chicken
    Thanksgiving Week: Monday

    Poppy Seed Chicken

    Poppy Seed Chicken is a classic, 6-ingredient Southern casserole that's simple to prepare. To save time, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your grocery deli (or use canned chicken in a real pinch).
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    Quick Shrimp Po' Boy
    Thanksgiving Week: Tuesday

    Quick Shrimp Po' Boy

    Frozen, breaded shrimp, bagged coleslaw, and bottled Ranch dip are the keys to this easy, Cajun-inspired sandwich that's hearty enough to serve for dinner.
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    Chili-Beef Soft Tacos
    Thanksgiving Week: Wednesday

    Chili-Beef Soft Tacos

    It's the day before Thanksgiving, and your slow-cooker is going to be the ticket for saving everyone's sanity! These delicious beef soft tacos cook all day (on low) in a mixture of salsa, cider vinegar, and chili powder. When it's time for dinner, just shred the beef and serve with corn tortillas, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and diced avocado.
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    Thanksgiving Salad
    Thanksgiving Week: The Big Day

    Thanksgiving Salad

    If you serve your Thanksgiving meal earlier in the day, this festive salad is the perfect way to enjoy a lighter evening meal of leftovers. Top basic mixed greens with toasted cubes of cornbread dressing (for croutons), leftover turkey, and cranberry sauce. A simple oil-and-vinegar dressing ties the salad together.
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    Fiesta Turkey Soup With Green Chile Biscuits
    Thanksgiving Week: Friday

    Fiesta Turkey Soup With Green Chile Biscuits

    Transform the rest of your turkey leftovers into a zesty, south-of-the-border-style soup that calls for common pantry ingredients, like canned corn, beans, and spices.
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    Turtle Trifle

    Turtle Trifle

    This decadent, uber-indulgent trifle is an incredible combination of pecan pie chunks, chocolate fudge, caramel, whipped cream, marscapone cheese, vanilla, and toasted pecans. We just couldn't resist.
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