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Yes, yes, y’all, I still meal plan the week of Thanksgiving! It keeps us all sane and from blowing through our dining-out budget before the holidays. Luckily with Thanksgiving covering dinner Thursday and probably Friday too, I’ll need just a few meals this week.

Here’s what my family of four will be eating for dinner leading up to Thanksgiving, as well as a peek at our Thanksgiving menu and plan for leftovers.

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As we come up into entertaining season, a lot of us are expecting houseguests. Whether they’re spending the night or just stopping by for dinner, there are certain things you can do to make your visitors feel extra welcome in your home. Here are a few.

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PrimalYou really can’t go wrong with Brussels sprouts and bacon. Roasted together, this is a vegetable side dish fit for a holiday feast or even a simple weeknight meal. What makes this particular version extra tasty is a splash of Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Tangy and sweet, Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette isn’t just for greens. It’s a perfect marinade for vegetables, too. Made with avocado oil, this vinaigrette is a flavorful and healthy option for high-heat roasting and grilling and coats your veggies with monounsaturated, heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.

You’ll love Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette with Brussels sprouts, but try it with any of your favorite roasted veggies. It’s an easy way to add special flavor and more nutrients to almost any type of roasted vegetable.

Servings: 4 to 6

Time in the Kitchen: 10 minutes, plus 35 minutes for roasting

Ingredients

Brussels sprouts

  • 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half (or thirds, if the sprouts are really big)
  • 3 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 bacon slices, diced
  • Fresh herb for garnish, such as thyme, oregano or basil

Instructions

Sprouts and Bacon

Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Toss Brussels sprouts with the balsamic vinaigrette and avocado oil until coated. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread Brussels sprouts evenly in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

Scatter diced bacon on top.

Roast 35 minutes. Stir several times while roasting, to keep the Brussels sprouts from drying out. Brussels sprouts should be nicely browned before they come out of the oven.

Splash a little bit more Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette on the Brussels sprouts before serving.

Sprinkle a fresh herb on top (such as thyme, oregano or basil). Serve warm or at room temperature.

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As Thanksgiving draws near, perhaps the biggest question that looms is just how you’ll prepare your prized turkey. You could go completely no-frills and stick with nothing but salt and pepper, or you could embrace brining because you’re one of those people who has been doing it for years.

What about trying something new next week? This may sounds risky if you’ve had a tried-and-true method for countless Thanksgivings, but there’s not much risk at all if trying something new just involves any seasonings you already have in your kitchen. These new, pantry-friendly preparations are as flavorful as brining, yet almost as no-frills as salt and pepper. Here’s how to shake things up this year.

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For avid cooks, the pleasures of travel include not just eating out, but also experimenting with local ingredients by cooking at home. That’s why we’re such big fans of staying in vacation rentals, which allow us to break out the pots and pans whenever we want.

From chiles to chocolate, salsas to fresh cheeses, Mexico City’s markets overflow with ingredients that would tempt any home cook, and these five apartment rentals have spacious, dreamy kitchens to accommodate any cooking project, from a simple quesadilla to a complex mole. Best of all, they’re each reasonably priced at less than $75 per bedroom per night. Don’t forget to pack your apron!

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Thanksgiving always seems to sneak up on me. I’m usually rushing to tie up loose ends with work so I can take time to relax with my family. With so much preparation going into the big day, I keep the other dinners this week simple, healthy, and affordable.

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Cindy doesn’t always take her medications as prescribed. That can be a problem because this twenty-something mother of three has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. When she’s on her meds the delusions and paranoia that have plagued since she was a teenager melt away. Without her pills, Cindy’s thought patterns become disorganized and she cannot function. […]

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You’ve heard about the drain lawns are having on our national freshwater supplies (literally!), but have you ever wondered how much of a drag on the environment your garden is? It’s a hard concept to swallow: for most of us, maintaining a thriving veggie patch or verdant flower bed is the very epitome of getting […]

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Does forgetting birthdays, anniversaries or where you’ve placed your car keys drive you to drink? Maybe you should try a handful of nuts instead. Do you want to sleep better, be more mindful or retain information better? Well, it turns out eating nuts can help that too.  Research tells us that nuts help reduce the […]

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Some of the magic of Thanksgiving lies in the fact that in every kitchen across the country, families are gathering to share a meal. The energy of this high cooking holiday practically floats in the air, carrying the scent of herby bread stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, and a golden roast turkey wafting from our kitchens.

This menu is for the traditionalist, for the home cook who always serves a side of nostalgia, who might be going home for the holidays and will finally take over making turkey in a bag without changing a thing. For those who like their Thanksgiving the way it’s always been, this menu is for you.

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