I am going to make a bold declaration: Holiday meals do not have to be stressful and a lot of work!
If you have been following me for a few years now, you know that every year I put together a list of all the fixings for an amazing holiday feast (except for the turkey and stuffing because my mom takes care of that like a boss). After doing this for several years I have noticed a trend in the feedback I get from readers, it is this: people spend a lot of time stressing about what to serve and think every menu item has to be a lot of work. This is simply not true!
After all, the holidays aren’t about stress, hard work or even the food. They are about celebrating life’s blessings with family and friends. So this year I am making menu suggestions that keep it simple, yet delicious. Healthy yet celebratory!
You can have a delicious, healthy, stress free holiday by following a few tips:
1. Make what you can ahead of time.
2. Choose appetizers, side dishes and desserts with few ingredients.
3. Delegate: assign guests to bring things that don’t need to be cooked or can be made ahead like salad, appetizers, drinks etc…
So, here are my picks for a stress free “Everything but The Turkey: Part 3”
It’s easy, it’s delicious and it won’t make you too full for dinner! My Artichoke Heart Parmesan Dipping Oil is a winner. Assemble everything ahead of time and when ready to serve, just drizzle with olive oil and dip!
Because my theme is ‘keeping it simple’ this year, I had to go with The Organic Kitchen House Salad. Simple greens, apples, caramelized nuts, feta and a delicious vinaigrette that can be made ahead. No stress and everyone loves this salad! (gluten and grain free)
It’s festive and can be made weeks in advance, so no stress for you. It’s also kind of unexpected and fun. Here is my Savory Pumpkin Soup recipe, show up and act like you worked really hard…only you will know you pulled it out of the freezer a day ahead! (gluten and grain free)
Veggie Side Dish:
Ah, the vegetable side dish. Always a dilemma because of oven space. I solve that problem with my Brussels Sprouts Hash…it’s all made on the cooktop. Skip the potatoes…or leave them in, doubling up on potatoes is okay on holidays right? (gluten and grain free)
I am changing it up this year. For the last two years I used traditional potato recipes. This year I just had to include my Maple Sweet Potato Recipe! Easy to make and can be served in individual ramekins or in one large baking dish. So pretty and the color is so very fall! (gluten free option)
Fresh Cranberry Sauce!
Sorry that canned stuff just doesn’t cut it! I have two recipes for you that have been included in my past Thanksgiving/Holiday posts, both are simple, take minutes to make, and can be made a day or two in advance! Homemade Cranberry Sauce: Two Ways (gluten and grain free)
Dessert: It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Pie!
This year how about you change it up with a couple of Blackberry Galettes with ‘Sour’ Whipped Cream instead of pie? A galette looks like a pie but is easier to make. Again…just trying to save you the stress my friends! Make a day ahead or the morning of your celebration. (gluten free option)
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