They say Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t believe you have to build your Thanksgiving in a day either. We all know how stressful it can be to prepare a large meal for family and friends so I’ve included a few tips below that can help you plan and prepare for the big day.
1. Set the table a day before
If you have the space available, set the table a day before with the proper place settings and table décor that will make your guests swoon.
2. Wash and cut your veggies and fruits the day before and store in the refrigerator using air tight containers
3. Prep vegetables using an egg slicer
4. Roast vegetables with same cooking time
Try pairing your vegetables with the same roasting time. Asparagus, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes are fast-cooking vegetables and can be cooked at the same time. While veggies like carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, and onions are slower-roasting.
5. Use aluminum foil to separate meat options
This is a simple trick you can use to cook different seasoned meats together. Let’s say you want to cook bacon wrapped scallop skewers but you don’t have enough space in the oven and need to get that succulent chicken breast in at the same time pending they have the same cooking temp. Use aluminum foil to create dividers to cook them at the same time. photo: fitmencook
6. Refrigerate cut potatoes in water
Storing raw cut potatoes in a bowl of water in the refrigerator prevents them from oxidizing or browning. Once you’re ready to cook them, just pat them dry to remove the moisture, season and cook them as desired. This is a perfect solution to
7. Use Plastic Lids to Store remaining canned food
Need only a small amount from your canned item? Well, I have you covered. Use plastic lids that fit canned item to store in the refrigerator to use at a later time.
8. Cook grains ahead and freeze in plastic bag
9. Attach Printed Recipes and Measuring Chart to Cooking Area
It can be so cumbersome to have to unlock or refresh your phone or computer screen to read your recipe. I find that it can be super helpful to print out your recipe and measuring chart and attaching it to your cooking area at eye level. This takes out all of the guess work to modify a recipe or find the recipe you were looking at. photo heandsheeatclean
10. Pull out and organize your cooking utensils prior to cooking
No one likes running around looking for things while they’re in the midst of cooking. It can definitely cause for the cooking process to take longer than intended. I recommend pulling your utensils out the day before or before cooking your dish to make things go smoother. Check out this list to identify what type of knives you might need for each recipe.