Thanksgiving Day Menu- Dinner

Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey on a Plate with Stuffing and PotatoesWell hello there!  Let’s talk Turkey shall we?  To cliche? I’m sorry. 

So I’m going to start this menu serious with the dinner portion.  For a couple reasons, 1) I haven’t completely decided which appetizers I want to serve yet (read: epic fail food blogger!) 2) I think the dinner is what most people put the most emphasis on as well as probably stress/worry about the most.

Ok, so most of you know, I grew up in the great state of California!  First off, it is warm here on Thanksgiving.  We’re talking 70 something.  I also feel that Californians generally just eat a little lighter, we don’t do as many carb-y sides.  So I apologize, but in my menu, you will not see Mac and Cheese or Sweet Potatoes/Yams (this is mostly because I’m the only one in my family that actually likes them. booo otherwise I would totally have them!).  I think all those items are really yummy and great for the meal, it’s just not what we normally have, and I’m trying to give you a peak into our Thanksgiving meal.

So first I’m going to give you the menu.  Then I’ll give you the plan.  Ok?  Ok.  Just to recap, we’re aiming for around 600 calories here!


600 Calorie Plan

Take your plate- fill half with veggies and/or salad.  Two portobellos and a nice size scoop of salad, give you around 150 calories.

Fill 1/4 with- 4 oz Turkey breast meat, no skin.  About the size of your palm.  This is around 120 calories.

Now, for the treats and the remaining quarter of your plate.  First, close your eyes and picture a tennis ball, you know, one of these…


A tennis ball is about half a cup.  So, with the remaining quarter of your plate, you get 2 tennis ball size scoops of 3 of the starches (2 of 3) or  1/3 of a cup (larger than an egg, but smaller than a tennis ball) of all 3 starches.  So you have some choices about how many options vs how large of portion size.  But more importantly, remember to fill your plate first with the healthy stuff, then move on to the starchy treats!

Here’s the caloric breakdown,

Stuffing/Dressing (what do you call it?) – Small scoop- 1/2 cup- the size of a tennis ball-  125 calories

Roasted Mashed Potatoes – Small scoop- 1/2 cup- the size of a tennis ball- roasted mashed potatoes- 155 calories

Corn Pudding– Small scoop- 1/2 cup- the size of a tennis ball- 130 calories


Gravy- 1 small ladle- 4 spoonfuls (you know like your dinner spoon) – 40 calories

Cranberry sauce– 1 spoonful – 25 calories

Alrighty, when you add all this up, you get right around 600 calories, depending on which starches you choose.  Not too shabby right?

Oh, and don’t forget to save room for dessert, because you can!  See you tomorrow!

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