Sales, Menus & Recipes: Try Something New for Thanksgiving This Year

14 November 2019  
Try Something New for Thanksgiving This Year

Are you tired of turkey, bored with green beans, craving something un-cranberry. New is the time to start testing out a new recipe or two. If you are the host for your Thanksgiving dinner, maybe just one new dish would help change up the meal a bit. If you are a guest, ask if you could bring something a little different this year. There is nothing wrong with the classics, but why not try something new.

And we have some suggestions. Look below ifor new breads, vegetables, salads…

We promised you midwestern apples this week, but found some worthy new ones in the stores this week (that you can actually buy.)

Winesap—this apple does appear here occasionally. If you see it, buy some. Good for cooking but also for eating and salads
Pacific Rose—Dense, tart, a really good cooker, maintains shape after cooking
Smitten—Medium sweet, juicy, a good eating apple
Lady Alice—Tart, spicy, another really good cooker, maintains good flavor even after oooking
Gold Rush—Tart, but with a complex flavor, great for applesauce, cooks quickly, mashes easily

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

You have two weeks to go before Thanksgiving dinner. By now, you should have your guest list prepared, your seating planned and your menu decided on and tested. So, let’s go shopping!

First, since you know your menu, making your shopping list is pretty easy. But, here’s a trick:

Master Cooking Tip #1: Also plan your derivative (aka: leftovers) meals now. Add those items to your shopping list, too. For example, if you’re planning to make Turkey Lasagne with some of that delicious Thanksgiving Turkey, you’ll want to add extra mushrooms, tomato sauce, lasagne noodles and mozzarella cheese to your list. If you do it right, you shouldn’t have to go to the grocery store for a week after Thanksgiving.

If you’re planning to use a fresh turkey, you should order it now if you haven’t already. If you think you’ll use a frozen turkey, they’re already on sale in the stores. You might as well get that now so you won’t have to worry about it. If you purchase a large turkey, it could take as long as 6-7 days to defrost it in the refrigerator. While you’re at it, you might as well buy a larger turkey than you need, you can make awesome derivative meals from that!

While you’re at it, if you’re making green bean casserole with French Cut Green Beans, buy them right now! Stores run out of them fast, and a week from now you won’t find any. 

Next, check the sales and buy any other supplies that have a shelf life, such as:

  • Pumpkin puree 
  • Canned cranberries or fresh
  • Any other canned food you’ll want
  • Any frozen vegetables
  • Any dried goods you might want - rice, beans, fruits, etc.
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Other baking supplies
  • Yeast
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spices
  • Paper products: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper Plates, Napkins, etc.

Master Cooking Tip #2: Want to save lots of time by letting someone else do the shopping, AND get 15% off your grocery order? Plus Fry’s Fuel Points? Go to Frysfood.com/d/ship and put your order in for your non-perishable items. Be sure you have  2-4 days in advance of needing your food. They will do the shopping for you and ship it to your door for free if the order is over $35. If it is the first time you’ve ever used their shipping service, you can save 15% with the code SHIP15. 

Master Cooking Tip #3: You can also shop and check out online. Then you set a pickup time, and when you get to Frys, you simply park in the specially designated parking spots and they’ll bring your order out to you. It’s a free service if you spend more than $35. Not only will this save you a lot of time, but you will forego walking by all those tempting impulse items that cost you money! Win, win! https://www.frysfood.com/products/start-my-cart

Frys is not the only store to offer special services. 

Safeway: They will provide free delivery on your first order when you spend $75 or more. Enter the promo code SAVE20, and you can also get $20 off your first order. 

Sprouts: Pick up and Delivery services. They promise the first delivery within 1 hour, and that’s free. After that, you can either subscribe for free delivery or pay a fee. 

Walmart is also offering free pickup services with a $30 minimum purchase. Walmart wants you reserve a time for pickup. Also, if you refer a friend  you can get $10, plus your friend will get $10. They do not have delivery available. 

Costco: Will give free 2-day delivery if your order is $75 or higher. If you go through Instacart, you can get free 2 hour delivery with a minimum $35 purchase.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—A Buy 10 0r more participating items, get $.50 off each one, Land-O-Lakes Butter $1.49/lb,,  Totinos Party Pizza $.99/each, Progresso Soup $.99/each.

Safeway—This week’s special digital deal is Thomas’ English muffins or Bagels only $.74/bag, limit 1. There are a lot of items on the $1 each sale this week, Think Thin and Pure Protein nutrition bars, Colgate toothpaste, batteries, and many more. Watch for social 10 for $10 shelf tags. Buy 6 participating items, get $.50 off each one, Del Monte canned vegetables $.69/each, Duncan Hines cake and brownie mixes, $.99/each, Lucerne sour cream or cream cheese $.99/each.

Sprouts—Bulk Spies are on sale 35% off! Time to go through your spices and replace what’s old. (Hint—If it smells like hay or has no odor at all—Toss It.) Sprouts wants to be your Organic Holiday Destination this year. Save over $100 on Organic Holiday Meal Essentials. Remember, every Wednesday is Double Ad Day at Sprouts. Get Last Week’s deals and This Week’s Deals on Wednesdays.

National Days This Week

Nov 14—Spicy Guacamole Day
Nov.15—Spicy Hermit Cookies Day
Nov 17—Home Made Bread Day
Nov 18—Vichyssoise Day

Preparing for Thanksgiving

In order to prepare to serve something new for a big feast day, To reduce stress, try it out at least once ahead of time. Not taking this step is courting disaster. Maybe it will turn out great, but if it doesn’t, better you are the only one to see the flop.

Here are some suggestions, pick one and try something new.

Cranberries Giving you the Blues?

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

If you don’t like the long pieces of zest hanging around, use a micro-plane. Why not use both candied and freshly grated ginger. Just test test as you go along.

For a Radical Change Try This Cranberry Chutney

Instead of gloppy green bean casserole, with oodles of salt, fat and carbs, try this.

Green Beans Almandine

Maybe a couple T good olive oil instead of butter, not too much lemon juice and a chiffonada of fresh basil leaved at the end? (Haricort Vert, Fench green beans, are available at Trader Joe’s. They really are better!)

Southern Green Beans

Reminds Me of North Carolina. Regular green beans work fine here.

Is bread or rolls a part of your meal? How about fresh bread made easy?

No Knead Bread

Think bread making is too complicated—follow Steve’s directions to see how easy it can be.

No Knead Rolls

Sighing for some different Sweet Potatoes?  Ditch the marshmallows and try this.

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Clever. Pre cook and hold.  Then finish in the oven. Use fresh basil?

Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

This would work better if you cooked the apples separate from the roots. And some additional seasoning would also be a good idea, At least salt and fresh ground pepper, maybe some maple syrup? Add some soaked dried cranberries? Pacific Rose or Lady Alice apples would be good in this, also HoneyCrisp.

Brussels Sprouts

Not that Brussels Sprouts aren’t great in any form, but here’s something that may please even non-sprout folks.

Or How About Something Completely Different?

Barley Salad

From StruggleMeals

Watch for more StruggleMeals Coming Soon.

Here are a few more ideas for this week’s meals:

Main dishes

  • Layered Enchiladas (with Spicy Guacamole)
  • Slower Cooker Pork Loin
  • Instant Pot Pot Roast
  • Creamy Pasta Pesto
  • Vichyssoise
  • Salads and Sides

Salads & Sides

  • Green Salad
  • Apple Salad
  • Orange and Avocado Salad
  • Crusty Bread
  • Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes (above)
  • Steamed Brown Rice with Sautéd Mushrooms
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Spicy Guacamole
  • Desserts
  • Spicy Hermit Cookies
  • Sundaes with Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce (above)
  • Fruit Salad
  • Fruit and Cheese Plate 


Easy Enchilada Bake

Pork Loin in the Slow Cooker (Keto, but why not?)

Pot Roast in the Instant Pot 

Chicken (bone in) Sheet Pan Dinner

Creamy Pesto Pasta


French leek and potato soup.

Apple Grape Salad

Maybe add some avocado and/or some toasted sliced almonds.

Orange Avocado Salad

Try with Blood Oranges or Cara Cara

Spicy Hermit Cookies

My recipe is a little different, but this is a good recipe. I like to add some dried tart cherries and dried sweetened pineapple.  You might try mixing the fruits with a little brandy to hydrate them somewhat. This also helps with the clumping she mentions.

On Sale This Week


Beef Roasts—$1.97/lb @Safeway, London Broil, top round. BOGO @Fry’s, boneless chuck roast. $5.99/lb @Sprouts, London Broil or bottom round.
Beef Ground—$2.98/lb @Safeway, value pack. $3.99/lb @Sprouts, grass fed. 
Chicken—$.69/lb @Fry”s, bone in drums or thighs. 
Chicken, B/S—$1.49/lb @Safeway, breasts, full serve meat counter. $1.99/lb @Sprouts, B/S tenders or thighs
Pork Loins—$4.99/each @Safeway, marinated
Fresh Turkey– Butterball $.98/lb @Frys; Fresh & Organic, $2.99 lb. @ Sprouts
Frozen – $.68 lb @ Frys; $.79 @ Safeway; Free with a $150 purchase; 

Fruits and Vegetables

Pineapple—$2.50/each @Safeway
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green. $1.99/lb, red green, black. $1.48/lb @Sprouts, red, $1.98/lb @Sprouts, red (O)
Blueberries—$.97/box @Fry’s. $1.67/box @Sprouts
Raspberries and Blackberries—$1.6/box @Sprouts

Apples—$1.48/lb @Sprouts, HoneyCrisp or Snapdragon
Apples—$.99/lb @Safeway, Gala, Granny Smith
Apples—$3.99/3 lb bag @Fry’s
Pears—$.99/lb @Safeway, Bartlett
Avocados—$.50/each @Sprouts. $.77/each @Fry’s, lg.
Tomatoes—$2.50/box @Sprouts, snacking size. $2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs. $.88/lb @Fry’s, on-the-vine.
Greens—$3.34/each @Safeway, Fresh Express or Taylor Farms, kits. 
Green Beans—$.88/lb @Fry’s
Winter Squash, select varieties—$.99/lb @Safeway, $.99/lb @Fry’s
Potatoes—$1.88/5 lb bag @Sprouts, Russet. $.99/lb @Safeway, red, gold, Russet
Asparagus—$2.50/lb @Sprouts



Cindy LaMaster