Fall holidays filled with warm memories and delicious food are just around the corner! To get your holiday celebrations off to the right start, use our top five Thanksgiving timesavers. These tips are sure to leave you with more time to enjoy your company.
- Plan it out. There’s nothing like realizing you don’t have an ingredient you need right before cooking time. Plan out your Thanksgiving menu with our Thanksgiving pinboard to make sure all your bases are covered before go-time. Bonus: we’ve pinned plenty of veggie-full recipes to keep your Thanksgiving equal parts yummy and healthy!
- Chop, chop, chop! Many vegetables and fruits can be prepared in advance, leaving simple assembly (and far less cleanup) closer to mealtime. Sweet bell peppers and onions can be chopped and frozen in a plastic bag several weeks plus in advance. Hearty fruits can be cut and drizzled with citrus juices (like orange juice) and refrigerated a day ahead of time.
- Get halfway there. Certain fillings can be cooked a couple of days in advance, like this sun-dried tomato, spinach and bell pepper mixture for stuffed mushrooms. The day of, just bake the mushrooms and stuff with pre-cooked goodness for a fancy appetizer or vegetarian main in a snap. The base of Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Eggplant can be cooked in advance and assembled the day of. To help keep you sane, Buzzfeed has rounded up 17 other make-ahead dishes from appetizers to desserts.
- Keep it simple. There’s usually enough to keep cooks plenty busy, so be sure to keep as many dishes simple as you can. Roasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes is tasty and takes less than 30 minutes of hands-on time. These 30 Simple Sides from Saveur are flavorful without all the fuss of complicated dishes.
- Bake it now. Hearty desserts, like the classic apple pie, can be prepared up to one week in advance and warmed before serving.