Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, right? While it may be challenging to recognize your cornucopia of blessings while facing the stress of cooking and entertaining, we’re here to serve up a few essential tips and tricks that are guaranteed to put you on the expressway to gratitude. Yes, get ready to work smarter, not harder this holiday season by putting these shortcuts and simply delicious recipes to work – fear not, you’ve got this Thanksgiving dinner in the bag!
Entertaining isn’t the time to “experiment” in the kitchen – count on foolproof recipes that are straightforward, not overly fussy or time consuming. Getting stuck stirring at the stove doesn’t make for a happy host.
Plan a menu with a selection of recipes that can be semi-assembled (or even fully made!) in advance, that don’t require last minute preparations, and that fill all the dietary needs of your guests.
Don’t lean on your oven for the entire meal. Make use of your small appliances to help pull your meal together in less time and with greater ease. Your rice cooker, bread maker, countertop microwave and slow juicer can all lend a helping hand and be your trusty sidekicks in pulling together a show-stopping meal.
While Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey, here’s your opportunity to let your starters and sides steal the limelight. These delicious recipes are effortless to pull together yet scrumptious and super impressive. Even better, these dishes can be made using your small appliances, leaving your oven free for that turkey.
What better way to welcome your guests than by handing them a mug of warm apple cider as they arrive. Or, it can also be a nice treat to enjoy at the end of the meal.
Appliance: Slow Juicer
What could be more festive than this creamy Pumpkin Soup. Serve in soup bowls, or even hollowed out pumpkins if you’re feeling crafty.
Appliance: Microwave; Slow Juicer
Warm with butter, or dunked into a steaming bowl of soup, this gluten free loaf is easy to make fresh at home in your trusty bread maker.
Appliance: Bread Maker
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a memorable family meal together.