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5 Thanksgiving Menus: Traditional to Vegetarian

By Allison Burch, November 6, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch

Gluten-Free Pie CrustOne of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is collecting recipes and dreaming up a menu. (And yes, I do this even when I’m not the hostess.)

Years ago my aunt Elizabeth, a pastry chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, hosted Thanksgiving. Many of us at the table were new to Texas so she welcomed us with a twist on tradition and served up a turkey dinner filled with the flavors of the Southwest. Over that delicious (and spicy!) meal we imagined future Thanksgiving themes and what she should serve: an Asian inspired meal with sriracha-laced sweet potatoes or a tropical menu with pineapple and mango added to the cranberry sauce. We went on and on letting our imaginations and our taste buds run wild.

My husband’s family, on the other hand, sticks with their tried-and-true recipes. And that’s just as delicious in my book. I look forward to Aunt Linda’s pumpkin rolls every year (she still refuses to share the recipe!) and we all still laugh about the time Grandma made a green gelatin salad instead of her usual red and the uproar it caused.

So whether you want to try something new every year, stick with classic faves, or you’re cooking up a vegan or gluten-free feast, here are five menus to inspire you.  We encourage you to mix and match, browse all of our turkey recipesholiday recipes or search our full recipe collection to find just the recipes for your own Thanksgiving celebration. Happy planning!

A Classic Thanksgiving Feast

A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Menu with a Twist

Thanksgiving for a Smaller Crowd

A Vegetarian Menu

Need a little help with choosing, cooking or carving the turkey? Take a look at our online Turkey Guide.

Already got that oven pre-heating? You can order your ready-to-cook fresh turkey online or through the holiday table at your store. If you choose to make some, buy some you can order fully-cooked birds, sides and desserts online and pick them up at your local store.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year (or every year)?




Jennifer says ...
The Lentil Loaf links to the Millet Salad. Just thought you'd like to know :)
11/06/2012 8:26:52 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JENNIFER - Thanks for catching that! I was able to go in and fix those links!
11/07/2012 2:42:52 PM CST
Mark Cash says ...
The Honey and Rosemary brined turkey links to the onion bacon butternut tart
11/10/2012 8:38:37 AM CST
Kimberly says ...
Thank you for the vegan ideas. This will be my 2nd year having a vegetarian Thanksgiving.
11/10/2012 8:41:24 AM CST
molly says ...
The golden roasted turkey links to the cheesy mashed potatoes. Just thought you would like to know
11/10/2012 8:56:41 AM CST
Beth says ...
Already ordered my Whole Foods turkey. Excited to try the Golden Roasted Turkey, but it links to the potatoes and the other turkey links to a salad. I tried to search the database but that turns up empty as well.
11/10/2012 9:17:23 AM CST
Casey says ...
Where are the vegan options? I could always adjust the vegetarian but wasn't sure if this was a misprint? Thanks!
11/10/2012 11:24:19 AM CST
Hoy Shin says ...
You are a boy, I am a girl
11/10/2012 11:23:35 PM CST
Reene Weinstein says ...
Please give me prices on the menus and when the orders need to be placed. Thank you.
11/11/2012 1:50:25 PM CST
Eileen M. Harrington says ...
What about fully cooked vegan thanksgiving fare? There's a 200 plus vegan Thanksgiving happening in Santa Rosa, CA and we need fully cooked tofurkeys or field roasts stuffed with vegan stuffing for the event!
11/11/2012 3:55:34 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@EILEEN - You can check our online ordering option at http://shop.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/Fully-Cooked-Entr-es/Savory-Stuffed-Turk-y-P3930C1547.aspx, for a fully cooked vegan option. Which would require reheating. The items can vary between locations so I would suggest calling your local store to see if they will have enough of your desired entree.
11/12/2012 3:00:08 PM CST
Jen says ...
The "Herb Crusted Turkey Breast with Mushroom-Leek Stuffing" link goes to the Ginger and Jasmine Tea-Poached Pears recipe. I tried searching for the turkey breast recipe but it came up with no results.
11/12/2012 8:05:43 PM CST
luke says ...
11/13/2012 10:09:06 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RENEE - Thanks for your comment. We do not have pricing in the menus above as these are suggestions based on recipes. If you are looking to order your meal online, you can check to see what your local store as to offer online at http://shop.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/default.aspx.
11/14/2012 11:21:37 AM CST
Monica Ross says ...
Ca you please re post or email me a copy oyou savory sweet potato pie with walnuts I made it for our canadian thanksgiving
11/19/2012 5:17:02 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MONICA - I was unable to find a recipe for a savory sweet potato pie on our website. Was this a pie you had in one of our stores? If so, reach out to that store in particular to see if they have a recipe for this, sounds great!
11/23/2012 2:56:15 PM CST
corinne says ...
How much is the Classic and are we able to order 2 portions from this order of, stuffing might not be enough for 8 could I add on another?
10/08/2013 12:25:36 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CORRINE - Thank you for your question. This is an older blog post and if you are inquiring about Thanksgiving for 2013, we do the menus out yet. Stay tuned around the beginning of November and we will have the menus live in the stores and online.
10/08/2013 4:32:43 PM CDT
Kat Faria says ...
When do you suggest the orders need to be placed for the Thanksgiving take out meals?
10/24/2013 6:15:19 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAT - Our online and in-store holiday menus should be available for ordering in the next couple of weeks. Once they are available, you can place your order up until the deadline made by your store.
10/28/2013 12:09:15 PM CDT
Mary Tracy says ...
What are the prices for the different dinners?
11/01/2013 8:33:03 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARY - This is a post from last year. For the most updated pricing on this year's Thanksgiving meals you can check for your local store's online menu at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/04/2013 1:45:54 PM CST
marcia balsam says ...
Where are the prices? I am interested in the vegetarian dinner and would want to place it at your Redwood City, Ca. store.
11/11/2013 3:33:30 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARCIA - The post above is referring to menu options and not pre-fixed meals. You can find the holiday menu items that your local store as to offer at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/12/2013 3:47:31 PM CST
Jerry Grogan says ...
Interested in Thanksgiving with a twist.
11/16/2013 7:13:55 PM CST