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How to Stock a Serious Thanksgiving Pantry

This year I will be hosting my first ever Thanksgiving. I have a little notebook going with my menu plan and my brother-in-law is on cocktail-planning standby.

Here's how I'm stocking my pantry for success and you can, too.

Apple, Sausage and Sage Sourdough Stuffing Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Vegan Gravy

Stock and Broth

Try making a gravy or stuffing or pan sauce or soup without broth. You can’t – or you can, but it probably won’t taste as good. I always have several boxes of 365 Everyday Value® Organic Chicken and Vegetable Broth on hand and plan to stockpile extra for the holiday season.


"Everything Bagel" Nut and Seed Mix Dried Apricot, Shallot and Hazelnut Stuffing

Dried Fruit, Nuts and Seeds

These snack time essentials are great for fancy-ing up salads and stuffings. Plus, if you mix them all together, you have a super-easy appetizer for early-arriving guests and football watching.


 Thanksgiving “Risotto”  Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Yogurt Muffins

Canned Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin can do no wrong. Not only is it an essential ingredient in the Thanksgiving meal’s most classic pie, but the purée can be whipped into a festive pasta sauce (just whisk in hot pasta water et voilà!) or used to make any number of baked goods. Canned pumpkin rules.


 Cranberry Sauce with Clementines and CinnamonPumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust and Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream

Herbs and Spices

Sage and thyme, cinnamon and nutmeg. These savory herbs and warm spices are some of the quintessential flavors of the season. Place fresh herbs under turkey skin to infuse the meat while it roasts, or add that extra something by stirring spices in to store bought cranberry sauce or whipped cream. Keep in mind that Whole Foods Market's dried herbs and spices are never irradiated or sterilized using ethylene oxide, a common industry practice that is not allowed by our stringent quality standards. And we have lots of organic and Fair Trade options, too. In fact, the 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market™ brands work to source from grower co-ops around the world and frequently that work includes partnering with Whole Planet Foundation to provide micro-loans to many farmers and helps alleviate poverty in many key spice-growing regions.


 Savory Stuffing Cakes  Mushroom Stuffing with Shallots and Fresh Herbs

Stuffing Fixin’s

No matter how big the batch of stuffing, it doesn’t last long – and turkey leftovers just aren’t the same without it. Have an extra box (or two!) of our 365 Everyday Value® Organic Stuffing Mix stored in your pantry for quickie Savory Stuffing Cakes or an extra pan of dressing for an unexpectedly expanded dinner party.


 Roast Turkey with Apples and Onions Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

More Onions and Shallots Than You Think You Need

Have you noticed that onions (and their slightly sweeter, garlicky cousins shallots) are in everything on the Thanksgiving table? They help to build flavor and can take many different forms – caramelized, roasted, crispy and raw. Total up all the onions your recipes call for and then grab a few more; you should be set.

How do you prep your pantry for Thanksgiving success? Any tips for a first-time host? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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sandy uberti says …

Your recipes sound yummy...I am going to start making them now before Thanksgiving. Keep these yummy recipes coming...we LOVE Whole Foods wish we had one in East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Lilly says …

Thank you Whole Foods for having the best, organic, fresh ...good supply of California turkeys. I love, love, love the heritage turkeys and the free range turkeys. So good! So easy to prepare, if you want a wonderful turkey dinner for Thanksgiving...there is only one place to shop! Whole Foods! Whole Foods also has the best organic produce..delicious brussel sprouts and sweet cauliflower!

sandy says …

I am looking forward to shopping at Whole Foods for my vegetables this Thanksgiving - everything is fresh and my family loves the assortment of vegetables and fruits. It is always an adventure going to WF Market :)

Martha Robert says …

Thank you for the good ideas for thanksgiving Pantry. Exelent.

Karen O. says …

My husband and I were shopping for Thanksgiving items at Whole Foods today. We want to thank you so much for labeling your shelves and products with the GMO free labels. It makes shopping so much easier when a person is trying to avoid feeding the family food that's been genetically modified. We appreciate the time and effort you provide in serving families with food of high quality.

Lu-Etta Smith says …

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