5.) Mashed Potatoes – While turkey gets all the glory on Thanksgiving, mashed potatoes are the unsung hero. Mashed potatoes are versatile because you can add darn near anything to them and they still taste great. You go, mashed potatoes. You deserve more credit on Thanksgiving.
4.) Macaroni and Cheese – Maybe not quite as common as mashed potatoes, but we’re still thankful to see it on the table for Thanksgiving. Baked or stovetop, breadcrumbs or no – no matter what type you think is best, you really can’t go wrong with some homemade mac & cheese.
3.) Stuffing – Or dressing, depending on what your family calls it. No Thanksgiving meal is complete without stuffing. Usually a mix of bread, herbs, vegetables, and broth, there’s really no wrong way to make stuffing. We’re always thankful to see stuffing on the table for Thanksgiving dinner.
2.) Turkey – And of course, there’s the Thanksgiving turkey. Other meats like ham or chicken may make an appearance but let’s be honest – the turkey always takes center stage. Prepared hours or even days in advance, the turkey is often responsible for the many naps that happen AFTER Thanksgiving dinner. And those post-turkey naps are definitely something to be thankful for.
1.) Friends & Family – These are what really make Thanksgiving special. Sure, the food is great, but it’s all about spending time with the people we love. That’s what we’re thankful for.
Also, keep in mind those who may not be fortunate enough to have plenty of food on the table. Consider donating to your local food bank or shelter!
You can find those closest to you here: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/
For Marion County residents, try Interfaith Emergency Services: http://www.iesmarion.org/