Use the seasonal November Dinner Menu Ideas here as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus.
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November is the month we usually see the weather change to be more consistently winter-like, so November dinners are full of our favorite warming soups, stews and casseroles.
Isn't it interesting how we eat with the seasons even when we don't plan it? When the summer starts I can't wait for grilled foods, salads, and easy finger foods.
But right now I'm all about French Beef Stew, Chicken Corn Chili, and Roasted Chicken with Vegetables - all meals that warm up the house with their smells and the heat from the oven. Mmm, just about perfect.
November is also the beginning of the holiday season where we look forward to indulging in all the traditional foods of Thanksgiving.
Because of that, I've tried to make this seasonal menu have quite a few lighter, healthier options. Warm and comforting for November is the name of the game, but comfort food and healthy really can go hand-in-hand.
There is also our favorite Thanksgiving menu in the last week - it's literally the menu we have every year!
I hope you'll find some dinner menu ideas here to help you plan your family’s menu this month.
November Dinner Menu Ideas
Creamy Pesto Tortellini with Red Peppers, spinach salad
Mediterranean Fish Bake, green salad
Slow Cooker Italian Sausage & Vegetable Soup, Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls (TIP: you'll want to make these for the holidays, too - here's a video tutorial to help them turn out beautifully)
Stir-fry on baked noodles (using chicken & vegetables)
Cheesy Baked Pasta, green salad
Roasted Turkey with Amazing Gravy, Sour Cream & Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Awesome Garlic Green Beans, Sweet & Savory Sausage-Cranberry Dressing/Stuffing, Maple Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce and Crumb-Topped Apple Pie (that you froze earlier, of course!)
Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas:
Thai Inspired Turkey Vegetable Curry (leftover turkey), rice
Creamy Turkey-Rice Soup (using leftover turkey & rice), green salad
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!
Menu Note: our family’s menu always has a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) with fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or frozen pesto).
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