Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
In the United States, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This holiday is generally celebrated with large meals with extended family. Between the huge amount of food, and many house guests, this holiday can be one of anxiety and stress. It doesn’t have to be, though. Here are ways to simplify Thanksgiving:
Ask For and Accept Help
Just because you are preparing a big dinner doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself! If a guest asks if they can bring something, accept!
Not only will you save yourself the hassle of making everything yourself, but you will find some wonderful culinary surprises. An engineer friend of mine makes pie crust to die for, and another friend came up with a glaze for a ham that was amazing.
Prepare In Advance
Not all food has to be prepared the day of the big meal. Assemble and prepare what you can ahead of time. For instance, make your pies a few days before. Assemble the green bean casserole the day before and refrigerate until time to bake.
Buy Pre-made Food
This is not cheating. Much.
If you have the opportunity, and the food is good quality, buy! This is particularly good if you are not skilled in certain areas. I have purchased rolls, cranberry relish and green bean casserole before.
If you want to go all out, there are stores who will make the whole holiday dinner for you.
Use Non-traditional Food or Methods
Just because it is Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to eat turkey or ham. If you feel like eating fried chicken, then do so!
It also doesn’t mean you have to prepare the food the way your mother or grandmother would. My Thanksgiving meal is done mainly in two crockpots (one with a boneless turkey breast, and one with stuffing). The oven doesn’t even heat up, and I spend most of my day writing. Grandma never did that!
Attend A Dinner or Eat Out
The ultimate way to simplify Thanksgiving is to eat in a restaurant or at someone else’s house. Little or no preparation, good food, and little cleanup. Of course, you won’t have leftovers.
Do you have any way to simplify Thanksgiving or other holiday meals? Share below!
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