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Gratitude and Good Food: A Seafood-Inspired Recipe Plan

As we welcome the month of November, there’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is a highlight on everyone’s calendar! It’s a time for gratitude, togetherness and, of course, indulging in some seriously delicious food. 

Sure, Thanksgiving is known for hearty dishes and indulgent sides that can leave you feeling as stuffed as the turkey on the table. But sometimes, especially when you have a week full of festivities ahead, you crave something a little bit lighter. That’s where seafood comes to the rescue! Seafood dishes can be both satisfying and light, offering a refreshing contrast to the typical holiday fare.

To show you our gratitude, Seafoodies, we’ve put together an easy meal plan to make your Thanksgiving week smooth and scrumptious! These dishes are essential for those who want to savor the taste of the season without the heavy, post-feast slump. And because we know Thanksgiving week can get hectic, we’ve made sure to include some fantastic make-ahead seafood options. So you can focus more on decorating, guest arrivals and last-minute errands… and less on making nourishing meals to help fuel your week. 

This meal plan will not only save you time but also allow you to enjoy more of those magical moments with loved ones, instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with warmth, laughter and an abundance of appreciation!


Cheesy Shrimp Breakfast Casserole

This dish comes together quickly and is so easy to make ahead of time. Filled with layers of healthy veggies and protein-packed shrimp, prep this masterpiece the night before and pop it in the oven day-of. Yielding 10-12 servings total, enjoy the cheesy goodness for multiple mornings!

Crab Frittata Squares

Protein-rich crab is the perfect kick-off for a tasty and energizing start to the day. These frittata squares are rich in vitamins B-12 and folate, calcium and protein that will keep you feeling energized and satisfied until your next meal.

Cast-Iron Smoked Salmon Hash

This one-pan, stove-to-table meal has been described as “pure yum!” Bursting with flaky smoked salmon, red-skinned potatoes and green bell pepper–our smoked salmon hash is a luxe, mouthwatering and decidedly delish breakfast option.


Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Trout Dip

With plenty of protein and heart-healthy omega-3s, this addictive dip is the real deal! Smoked salmon is so easy to pick up at the grocery store and we bet you already have most of the remaining ingredients on hand. You might need to whip up a second batch for Thanksgiving dinner!

Air Fryer Crispy Mac-and-Cheese Tuna Bites

While everyone will love these tuna bites, they’re an especially satisfying snack for kiddos and a smart way to incorporate more seafood into their diets. With their crispy golden outsides and creamy cheese centers–we bet you can’t eat just one!


Instant Pot Lobster Bisque

Thanks to your handy-dandy Instant Pot, you can prep this recipe and then leave it to simmer as you focus on other pressing to-dos. After an hour, your task list will be lighter and your kitchen will be filled with the savory aroma of creamy, comforting lobster bisque! Now that’s a win-win! 

Gluten-Free Crab-Stuffed Acorn Squash

We loooove acorn squash with seafood and, after trying this light lunch, you will too! In this nourishing recipe, our dynamic crab-squash duo gets a complex flavor-texture boost from Old Bay, aromatics, two cheeses and a pleasing panko crunch.


Instant Pot Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits

We lightened up the traditional shrimp and grits recipe to bring you a more health-conscious dish that emphasizes slow-simmered flavor. So, what’s the “secret sauce” in this recipe? The Instant Pot! It cooks seafood flawlessly, making dinner virtually foolproof. 

Air Fryer Maple-Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

Trust us! You’ll want to cook this entire meal in your air fryer. Not only does it result in deliciously caramelized salmon and crispy Brussels sprouts, but it also means fewer dishes to wash after indulging in this grand feast. Pro tip: we recommend using a disposable air fryer-safe liner in your air fryer if you want to make cleanup even easier!

Sheet Pan Cod & Vegetables with Smashed Tomatoes and Feta

Sheet pan meals are the ultimate go-to on busy weeknights. Just throw some seafood, veggies and seasonings on a pan, pop it all in the oven and voilà—you’ve got an amazing meal in only 35 minutes! 

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