Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I thought I would share how I plan my holiday meals and recipes, and the number one resource that helps me stay organized:


I love lists and there is something about writing them out on paper that makes all the difference for me. I have lists on lists all over my phone and laptop, but nothing is more satisfying than physically crossing things off a list on paper.

Related: 20 Vegan & Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes (2019)

When it comes to recipe developing and grocery shopping too, I usually end up with food all over my hands, so having things on paper always beats having pumpkin pie batter smudged all over my phone screen (can anyone else relate?). It’s also a great way to keep tabs on what dishes are being made AND if you have any food allergies, intolerances or restrictions, a great way to keep tabs on what you can eat!

Here’s what I like to do using my free printable meal planning template!

  1. I like to write out the dishes and separate them by category. This helps me see clearly whether or not we’re covered in each category (mains, sides, etc.) or whether we have an absurd amount of dessert and no mains (it happens!). I also like to put initials next to the dishes to indicate who is responsible for cooking and bringing what.
  2. Once the dishes for the meal are confirmed, you can go ahead and list out grocery needs. There are 2 ways to do this, either you print out copies for each family member, and list out groceries for dishes according to what you’re responsible for, or create a group list and share it.
  3. If you want to take it one step further, you can also print out just a list of menu items by category to display as well, so that everyone knows what’s available at the table. If you’re using my printable meal planning template, you can just fold the grocery list under, and use the top half as a menu!

Using the meal planning template I created makes it easy to visually organize yourself and your holiday meals. There’s a section for listing out menu items by category, a grocery checklist at the bottom, and also a bonus of 20 suggested vegan and gluten-free thanksgiving recipes!

Curious what I’m bringing to the table this year? Here’s a sneak peek….

I hope you find this template helpful, and if you use it, share it with me on Instagram @veggiekins by tagging me or using the hashtag #veggiekins. I’d love to see whats on your Thanksgiving table this year!



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BY Remy • November 18, 2018

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