Thanksgiving is just around the corner! If you want to avoid slaving away in the kitchen all day and actually have some fun this year, you can use some prepper techniques to get ready now so that when the big day comes, you hardly have anything to do. The key to making Thanksgiving easy is advance preparation. There are many foods you can make ahead and freeze for the big day. Take the food out a few days before Thanksgiving to give it plenty of time to thaw before the big day.
Mom Prepares has a great list of foods you can make in advance that will make Thanksgiving cooking that much easier. Many of the recipes can be made in a slow cooker- every prepper’s best friend. Try adding some of these delicious and easy recipes to your Thanksgiving meal this year, and let us know how it goes!
Amazing Side Dishes You’ll Want to Try
Side dishes are usually not hard to make, but if your house is anything like mine on Thanksgiving, you need all the extra time and stove space you can get on the big day. These recipes are easy to make in advance and warm up just in time for a Thanksgiving feast:
Make hearty and delicious pumpkin soup for a non-traditional side dish. Soup is a perfect side dish because it adds a lot of flavor without heavy ingredients that detract from the turkey!
One of the simplest side dishes you can make is fancy rice. Fancy rice is simply rice dressed up with festive add-ins, like nuts, dried cranberries, dates, or anything else you have extras of in your stockpile.
Make up these dried cranberries a few weeks in advance and use them to make homemade cranberry sauce, a delicious snack between meals, or even mix into desserts, morning cranberry bread, or pies.
Simple Make-Ahead Breads
Even though there are many other options to choose from at Thanksgiving, I always love a side of hearty bread with my meal. Something about a buttery piece of bread or roll says holiday to me. Try these make-ahead bread recipes to make your Thanksgiving prep that much easier:
Pumpkin breadis a multi-functional sweet bread. Make it in advance and serve it for a quick breakfast before the big meal or serve it with sweetened cream cheese as a dessert after the meal.
If you have a slow cooker, this easy, no-knead bread recipe is perfect for serving a hassle-free, delicious homemade bread on Thanksgiving.
Save room for dessert!
Dessert is the star of the show at Thanksgiving at my house. We love having a variety of pies, cakes, cookies, and more at our holiday. Save yourself some headache this year, and cook your desserts in advance using the recipes below:
If you love apples, try serving an alternative to traditional apple pie. Baked apples or mini apple pies are delicious and are easy to make in advance or the day-of.
Pumpkin pie is always a must at any Thanksgiving table. This pumpkin pieuses a healthy nut crust and is made in the slow-cooker: easy and healthy? Double bonus!
If you prefer cookies to pies and cakes, try these healthy caramel apple cookies. They are tasty and healthier than many other Thanksgiving dessert options, and a great way to use up those extra dried apples in your pantry!
Preparing for Thanksgiving is not difficult with a little planning and foresight. Planning a big meal can be a challenge, but if you make dishes in advance, you will be free to enjoy your day with friends and family rather than your stove.
What’s your favorite food from the Prepper Pantry?