Whether you're a seasoned veteran or this is your first time making this big holiday dinner, these Thanksgiving food ideas are here to help you stress less and save more!

Thanksgiving food spread across a table from Shelf Cooking.

Hosting, or even bringing a dish to Thanksgiving dinner, is a big honor… but man, can it be stressful! Make the most of this holiday meal with these deliciously easy and affordable Thanksgiving food ideas.

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Roasting turkey with a thermometer from Shelf Cooking.

Whether you're a traditional gal, determined to stick to the tried and true Thanksgiving turkey, or you're ready to switch it up and start a tradition of your own, we've got you covered with one of these delicious main dishes!

No matter what you cook, these dishes will leave your guests full and happy!


While the main dish may be the star of the show, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without these delicious supporting side dishes!

Your Thanksgiving dinner will be a bonafide feast with these amazingly easy and delicious sides!


Sopapilla cheesecake squares from Shelf Cooking.

Make this Thanksgiving sweet with these dessert ideas! Whether you're into pumpkin pie or cheesecake is more your thing, there's a dessert on this list for everyone!

Bring one of these yummy desserts to Thanksgiving dinner and it'll be the hit of the holiday!


Who wants to wait until Thanksgiving dinner to start the holiday festivities? Try some of these bonus Thanksgiving breakfast ideas for a great start to your morning!

But really… who doesn't love a good holiday breakfast?! We sure do. Whether you're responsible for the whole meal or just one menu item, these Thanksgiving food ideas are affordable, easy, and absolutely delish!

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving food? Tell us what it is in the comments below!

Thanksgiving food spread on a table from Shelf Cooking.

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