You Could Win A Thanksgiving Essentials Gift Basket from Whole Foods!

November 15, 2015 | By | Comments (82)

Getting ready for the big Turkey Day requires lots of preparation, planning, and shopping. Oh, the shopping! Ingredient lists can run long, as can the to-do lists. Check-out lines are equally lengthy, so we’ve partnered with Whole Foods Market to help cut some stress, save some time, and keep a few of your hard-earned dollars in your bank account.

This entire Thanksgiving essentials gift basket will help you pull off the tastiest and easiest dinner ever. You’ll still need to buy the turkey, but almost everything else you’ll need will be delivered to you by Thanksgiving Day. (See the list of items: Everything You Need for Thanksgiving Besides the Turkey for Under $50.)


An example of the assortment of Whole Foods Thanksgiving essentials you could win

Here’s how you could win. Describe for us here in 100 words or less: What is your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish? (Be sure to tell us the story behind it.) Entries should be typed into the comments field of this post. Entries are due by Sunday, November 22 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

One grand prize winner will win a Thanksgiving essentials gift basket worth $50 from Whole Foods Market.

Editors will select their favorites based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winners will be notified via email by November 23, 2015. See the full contest rules.

Once you’ve entered the giveaway, check out our collection of Cooking Light Staff’s Family Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes. And if you’re looking for more Thanksgiving menu ideas, check out these 13 Great Thanksgiving Meals.


  1. C. Marie

    Thanksgiving begins with cheesecake.

    The night before, a battered cookbook—scrawled with handwritten notes—lies open, more out of habit than necessity (after more than twenty years of measuring and mixing, my mom could whip up her famous dessert in her sleep). The kitchen is scattered with evidence of cheesecake creating: eggs nestled in hot water, cream cheese plopped in a glass bowl, graham cracker crumbs dotting the counter, splashes of melted butter in the microwave. The handheld mixer stands at the ready, waiting for my mom’s touch to usher in the official holiday “feel.”

    November 22, 2015 at 10:37 pm
  2. Melissa Mccollum

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pea salad. When I was little, this was a much anticipated dish. My grandmother always made it because she thought it was my dad’s favorite dish. Come to find out years after her death, she never knew my dad hated peas! But every year he ate a heaping spoon full just to please her. It is still one of my favorites and I make it making sure to ask dad if he’d like some.

    November 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm
  3. Susan Morris

    Our family favorite is stringbean casserole. I only make it on thanksgiving and it is my mother-in-laws recipe. She has been making it forever and my hubby can’t have thanksgiving without it 😀

    November 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  4. Nicole A

    My mother-in-law’s stuffing: She passed a couple of years ago and my husband has continued her tradition. It’s a very flavorful cornbread stuffing, including celery, onions and walnuts. We all fight for the last bite.

    November 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm
  5. Kristen C.

    Our favorite Thanksgiving dish is my dad’s family’s apple cake. His sister used to bake it for him when he was in the Air Force in the 1960s, and it stayed moist (probably the 3/4 cup of oil!) when mailed all the way to Vietnam. I love it fresh from the oven, when the top has a nice crunch. He makes it for me at every holiday, plus extra to take home. This year, I had to go gluten free and he said he bought GF flour to continue the Thanksgiving tradition!

    November 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm
  6. Jim

    Deep Fried Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, zucchini cakes, Coconut custard pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie

    November 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm
  7. Joel. Timmons

    Dirty. Rice. Stuffin. Easier. To. Make. Then. Regular. Stuffin feeds. A. Larger. Crowd

    November 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm
  8. Sasha Koch Payne

    My mom’s eggplant casserole. She has been making it since we were little and said we didn’t like eggplant. Of course, we did not know the dish contained eggplant. It is super yummy with cheese and ham added with the amazing ritz cracker crust on top!

    November 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm
  9. Alicia C

    Smokey chipolte sweet potato souffle with bacon. I wanted to find a new dish since my hubby and I took over thanksgiving. This was perfect and spicy. Every year I’m requested to make this. It is a huge hit.

    November 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm
  10. shaneep

    My family’s favorite dish is green bean casserole! When our oldest started public school, I was introduced to Green Bean Casserole. I was so excited, I made it for my extended family’s meal. Unfortunately, no one there was ready for something new and even though it tasted it good, I was demoted back to bringing drinks for the holiday. It was hilarious and my hubby said he loved me no matter what I could bring to the big family thanksgiving meal. And he requested that at our own little family meal we always have it!

    November 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm
  11. Margaret

    My mom,a native from Japan, embraced the American tradition of Thanksgiving and her beloved Betty Crocker cookbook. I still own that cookbook. The bread stuffing with giblets recipe from that cookbook has been a family favorite and remains so today! Now that she is gone, the tradition continues and we remember her each year with every yummy bite!! Thanks Mom!

    November 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm
  12. Barbara

    our favorite thanksgiving dish are my sister rolls, she makes them for all family gatherings. It’s not family gathering without them…

    November 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  13. Alexis

    My families favorite thanksgiving dish would of probably have the be either my moms rasberry pie or any of her other pies. She got them from her mom and they’re so good! They never last long! My dad would always have at least 2 pieces of each and so would everyone else. And until it was gone, there’d be pie for every meal lol!

    November 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  14. Angela

    My family’s favorite thanksgiving dish is homemade cornbread stuffing. We make it every year.

    November 22, 2015 at 11:38 am
  15. Tracey

    My family and I have one true traditional food for Thanksgiving, Homemade noodles. I use 6 of our farm raised chicken eggs, unbleached King Arthur flour and a few tablespoons of water. I mixed the dough, knead it for a minute or so, and let it rest under a damp kitchen towel. I roll the noodles on my pasta maker and allow them to dry for a few minutes. I cook them in hot turkey broth and then serve. This has been a tradition since my grandmother was young and it will continue with my granddauhhters.

    November 22, 2015 at 11:20 am
  16. Amanda Fleming

    My family loves pumpkin pie and rolls! I try to get the kids to try the stuffing, green bean casserole, turkey, and mashed potatoes, but they aren’t interested. More for me!

    November 22, 2015 at 11:10 am
  17. Amber L

    My family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. We have been using a family recipe that has been around for years. You make a roux and add spices and sour cream for the sauce. I have to say that this is a much better version than what most people think of as green bean casserole that has cream of mushroom soup!

    November 22, 2015 at 10:58 am
  18. G Reusser

    My families favorite dish is the stuffing. It seems I can never make enough of this side dish that has been passed down 4 generations. I stuff some in the bird and more into casserole dishes. The best part of this stuffing is it contains celery. My son really dislikes celery. This is the only way he will eat it. I tried once to make him his own small casserole without the celery added and didn’t mention it; no big deal. The next day he actually noticed something was different and asked what I did wrong. I told him I made a special one for him and he said to stop changing stuff. So, every year the stuffing gets made just like it’s meant to be and my son
    gets his yearly serving celery.

    November 22, 2015 at 10:57 am
  19. Bree-ann Hermosillo

    Well, I grew up anticipating my mothers candied yams. These aren’t the marshmallowey ones most kids like. The are Grand Marnier soaked and glazed in dark brown sugar, orange juice, plenty of cinnamon and butter. theyre amazing even cold.

    November 22, 2015 at 10:46 am
  20. Susan

    Our family favorite is my moms creamy mashed potatoes.

    November 22, 2015 at 10:37 am
  21. jenniferanne74

    Our favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie. Every year, we all talk about the Thanksgiving a few years ago that my daughter made her first pumpkin pie and served it so proudly to us. She forgot to clean out the pumpkin innards, and the pie was full of pumpkin strings. No one could eat it, not even her. But we still laugh about it, along with all the other Thanksgiving disasters over the years.

    November 22, 2015 at 3:06 am
  22. Diana Thompson

    My family’s favorite dish for Thanksgiving is my cranberry gelatin mold. I only make it once a year, as it is time consuming to make and mold. It uses gelatin sprinkled over the liquid. It has chopped pecans, and whole cooked cranberries in it. I unmold it on a bed of lettuce, and it looks lovely. That is if it is allowed to set up, and does not just collapse. The drama is in not knowing if it will set up properly, or just melt on the plate. Either way, it tastes great with a cardamom spice in it, which is a bit different, and the port wine gives it an interesting flavor.

    November 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  23. Michelle Want

    My family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish is absolutely deviled eggs! Simple and fun for the whole family. My children love to peel the eggs for me and topping them off with olives! They get so excited when they help mommy Cook. This is why it is our favorite Holiday dish!

    November 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  24. Lynn T.

    Our favorite dish is our home made mash potatoes. growing up we had only had mash potatoes from a box, but after college my brother made the potatoes, and he used quality ingredients like butter, sour cream, fresh mozzarella, and garlic. Now we have it every year and eat it for days after!

    November 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm
  25. Noelle

    Every dish is made with love, with a story behind it. Brussels sprouts are the favorite dish. Our family dinner is set up buffet style and when everyone gets up to make their plate Brussels sprouts are the first item on it. Everyone wants to get some before they’re gone. My sister and my dad always made them together, my dad chopping away at the onions and my sister putting it all together on the stove. Since my dads passing it has become an even more cherished memory and a dish we work together to prepare to fill his shoes.

    November 17, 2015 at 4:24 am
  26. Annie

    OK, don’t laugh, but it’s NACHOS! Sure, we have the traditional foods at Thanksgiving, but my brother was a very picky eater (and loved snack foods) AND could never wait until dinner to eat, so since we wanted everyone to be happy and have their favorite things, we had nachos.

    November 16, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  27. Karolyn Patterson

    I feel like it’s something different every year. I asked my sons just now what they liked–to see if they would say dessert. They surprised me by saying turkey. They also love macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, and all the fresh tomatoes they can eat. One of my favorites is sweet potatoes, no matter how they’re made.

    November 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm
  28. Rosie

    My family’s favorite dish is antipasti! My mom would come out of the kitchen triumphant with a huge tray that announces the beginning of our dinner. Of course, when we were little we’d pick through and take out anything suspicious or try to avoid those strange things to begin with, but as we got a little older, we all love the special ingredients that are so good for you, too. All kinds of cheeses and different lettuces, peppers and olives esp wine cured, artichoke hearts, and so much more, and with a delish dressing of olive oil and vinegar often a special vinegar. Yum! I like to make this dish, and get many of the ingredients at Whole Foods!

    November 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  29. manda

    My family loves dessert… especially pies made by my grandmother. Every year she makes almost one dessert for each of us as we all have our “favorites.” Too much pie, but not too much love. 🙂

    November 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm
  30. Tonks

    Definitely having my grandma’s macaroni and cheese. She has passed down the recipe to me but we still make it together. Every Thanksgiving the first thing everyone goes for is her macaroni and cheese. It’s delicious and my favorite part.

    November 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm
  31. kara kudro

    Every year on a cool fall morning we wander out to the garden and dig up our sweet potato harvest. My husband cranks up the heater in the sunroom and we carefully set each dirt covered potato on newspaper to grow the hard skin needed to keep them through winter. My toddling boys peek out the glass door in awe of this strange process. As we pack each potato away for storage the boys hold them in their tiny hands, and drop a few in the process. Every thanksgiving morning I place those potatoes in my grandmas handmade pie crust and as we cut into dessert as a family we say thank you. Thank you for the soil, for the sunshine, for the harvest, and for the joy of sharing all these things as a family.

    November 16, 2015 at 8:38 am
  32. Lisa M

    Our family’s favorite dish is the turkey!! My father always made the best turkey every year. When he passed away, at a very young age, I took over having Thanksgiving for the whole family. My mom comes over early and she and I prepare the bird just how my dad used to. It gives us some time together before the rest of the crazy family arrives. Because of this tradition, Thanksgiving has become a way for me to honor and remember my dad.

    November 16, 2015 at 7:20 am

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