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5 Quick and Easy Meal Ideas for Thanksgiving Week

Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking and feasting day of the year. If you’re hosting or helping, that probably means you have your hands full with planning, shopping, and prepping in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

With all the focus on the holiday food, it’s easy for Thanksgiving week dinner plans to fall by the wayside. You still have to eat, so here’s a week’s worth of fast and no-fuss dinner ideas to save the day. Each comes together in 30 minutes or less, and they’re satisfying but not too heavy, so you’ll have plenty of room left for Thanksgiving dinner.


A Frittata

Frittatas are fast, customizable, and the ultimate clean-out-your-fridge meal (a bonus when you need every inch of refrigerator space for that large bird). Eggs are the only essential ingredient you need for a frittata. Everything else is flexible and based on what you have on hand. Just sauté some onions and any vegetables you like in a large oven-proof skillet. Add beaten eggs to the pan and bake it in a 350° oven for about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. This Ultimate and Easy Frittata article has some great tips for making a perfect frittata every time along with some tasty ingredient ideas.


Vegetable Soup

A pot of soup is not only satisfying but also another delicious way to use up what you have on hand. All you really need are vegetables and a carton or two of stock. Vegetable soup is one of those meals you really don’t need a recipe to make because it’s so forgiving. But just in case, here’s a great article on How to Make Soup from Almost Any Vegetable.


Twice Baked Potatoes

Grab a few Russet or sweet potatoes and cook them in the oven, microwave, instant pot, or air fryer. Slice them open, and stuff them with your favorite fillings like broccoli and cheese, chili, or shredded rotisserie chicken and vegetables. Or spice things up a bit and make this barbecue chicken twice-baked sweet potatoes recipe.


Rubio’s Family Meals

Rubio’s is always a quick and easy solution for busy nights — whether it’s Thanksgiving week or any other day. Keep things super easy and dine in at one of our restaurants — or order Rubio’s to take home. Our family meals to-go include the Family Burrito Box or Family Taco Kit. The Burrito Box comes with your choice of our four most popular burritos plus all the sides. The Taco Kit includes everything you need to build your own tacos with your choice of protein, sides of rice and beans, and chips to share.


Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Nachos

Turkey sandwiches are a tried and true after Thanksgiving staple. But how about taking your leftover turkey to a whole new level with Turkey Nachos?  Here’s how:

Pick up a few Rubio’s sides like:

  • Tortilla chips and guacamole
  • Black beans or “no fried” pinto beans
  • Mexican street corn

Spread the chips on a sheet pan and top with shredded turkey, black or “no fried” pinto beans, and Mexican street corn. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled Cotija cheese over everything. Pop it in the oven at 350° for a few minutes until the cheese melts and everything is warm. Add a few dollops of guacamole over everything and if desired, garnish with chopped cilantro and green onion.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

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