For many people the holidays are all about family, food and entertaining. Not everyone wants to spend all day slaving over the stove cooking the big, lavish Thanksgiving meal. Many people may also be short on cash this year to throw a big, lavish feast. Well, if you fit into either of those categories, or just want to save time and money, read on, because I have some ideas for you.
In order to save some time on the preparation of your meal, you can select standbys to the traditional Thanksgiving food. Instead of mashed potatoes, make twice baked potatoes which can be prepared ahead of time by baking the potatoes, then preparing the filling and refilling the potatoes. Before baking them for the second time, place them in the refrigerator until it gets closer to meal time and then place in the oven to finish cooking.
You could also make your candied yams by using the canned version and pouring a butter, brown sugar, and marshmallow mixture over the canned candied yams and bake in the oven. You have easy and tasty candied yams. Best yet, another item you can prepare this before hand and place in the refrigerator prior to baking.
To make the largest portion of the meal less time consuming, buy a boneless turkey breast. Marinate the turkey breast in marinade or seasoning of your choice and bake in the oven as you would a whole turkey. When the turkey breast is done, slice it up and serve it. No bones to mess with.
The last and most everyone’s favorite part of the meal, dessert, can even be simplified. You can make a no bake pumpkin pie buy purchasing a graham cracker crust and pudding mix. Serve with whip cream.
Some more ideas to make your Thanksgiving less stressful in the kitchen and on your wallet: allow others to help and bring something, whether it be a dessert, wine, side dish or appetizer; buy chicken instead of turkey; make less food; get organized before you shop and use coupons; don’t buy fancy decorations, be creative and use what you have and what is available outside.
Lastly, relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving.