A Covid Thanksgiving: Recipes and Inspiration

Covid Thanksgiving. A day to remind us of the things we are thankful for and the people that we have in our life. This year Thanksgiving will look a little bit different. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving virtually or with your smaller family unit, I want to encourage you that there are ways to celebrate to still have a special and meaningful day.

Side note: this year my table is set for 4, but that meant I could use special plates and silverware I don’t have many sets of.

Life can be challenging sometimes and, in some instances, I can even have a hard heart when I hear I should have a thankful heart or a happy spirit. However, scripture is so specific about being thankful.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:7

“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” Psalm 95:2

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20

So why should we be thankful? Because having a gracious and thankful heart helps us recenter and refocus on a God who is bigger than our circumstances and loves us.

Don’t let Thanksgiving be a day… let it be a season. Even though this day will not be like years past, let’s use this day as the starting line for a new attitude of gratefulness.

Side note: Did you know gratitude has health benefits like improving your immune system, lowering your risk for mental health issues, handling stress, and creating a healthier lifestyle.

So here are three ways to celebrate Covid Thanksgiving this year:

  1. Use a Rotisserie Chicken instead of a full Turkey. These are a lot easier (and the grocery store makes them for you!) and you won’t have as many leftovers. Pro Tip: If you are intimidated about roasting a Turkey, don’t be! I have several blog posts that can help you. Here and here.
  2. Choose 2-3 side items you want to make full out. I would make my Cranberry Chutney and my Sausage and Sage Stuffing. Both are easy and delicious as leftovers.
  3. Fill in with freezer vegetables, but don’t forget to put them in another bowl and spice them up with garnish! For example, use store-bought sweet potato casserole, put a little brown sugar and fresh chopped pecans on top, broil for 3-4 minutes and then put it in another serving dish! Super easy and nobody will ever know! See my recipe here.

These recipes are all pint-sized and smaller… just for me. When I make smaller recipes I like to find fun small and unique dishes that still make small feel special!

Have any questions – feel free to DM me over on Instagram! I would love to see your creations!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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