Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year we think about all of our blessings. It’s also the time of year that we associate with All. That. Food. Let’s face it, sometimes preparing a huge Thanksgiving meal can be stressful. Here are a few tips to make your meal prep a little easier.

·         Make a [realistic] schedule. Take a minute to write down everything that needs to be done. This helps you in a couple of ways: 1) it helps you stay on task 2) you can easily see what can be delegated to helpers.

·         Make some items ahead of time. Pies, cakes, breads, Jello salads, deviled eggs… Make all of these things the day (or two days) before to help save you time on Thanksgiving Day.

·         Get your kids involved! A lot of times we think that our kids might add more stress to the kitchen by making a mess or simply being underfoot. But they can help take some of that stress away, too! If you have a safe vegetable peeler, even some of the younger kiddos can get in there and peel potatoes. You could probably make the green bean casserole with your eyes closed, right? If you have older kids, give them the recipe. They should be able to make it entirely on their own. That’s one thing off of your list!

·         Don’t forget to utilize your small kitchen appliances! If you have a crock pot or Instant Pot, use them! They will free your hands (and schedule) to tackle other tasks. Hard boiled eggs, for deviled eggs, and mashed potatoes are some of my favorite things to make in my Instant Pot, but don’t forget you can also make mac and cheese in there, too!

 

We hope you and your family have a happy, blessed, and stress-free Thanksgiving!