Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday of the year because it is centered on spending time with family and sharing a delightful meal together.

I’ve always been a part of the meal prep since I was small, but we would prepare a different type of meal since my parents were immigrants. As I’ve grown older, the tradition has evolved into a more Americanized one and I get to do all of the cooking. I LOVE cooking the Thanksgiving meal in case you can’t tell.

The goal today is to minimize the amount of time that you have to be in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day so that you can enjoy the company of your family. Hopefully, these simple Thanksgiving day cooking tips can help you have a stress-free celebration.

I typically sit down and decide on my menu at the beginning of November with a cup of coffee in hand for inspiration. Once the menu is finalized, I compile all of the ingredients together into a large shopping list organized by the aisle that it is in according to our favorite grocery store. Nothing makes me crazier then to realize that I forgot an item when I get home, or that I’ve overlooked an ingredient in another aisle. Call me crazy but holiday grocery shopping is always packed and I want to minimize the amount of time I have to weave in and out of the store!

Next, look at your dishes and decide what ingredients can be chopped, stored in the fridge, or cooked ahead of time. Then create a to-do list based on the days leading up to the great turkey feast. I’m not going to lie, my to-do list is pretty intense and I actually cross off items and have actual cooking times written down to help me remember.

On the day of the feast, all of my veggies are cleaned and chopped ahead of time. All I have to do is cook them. Some of my dishes were prepared the evening before and only needs to be reheated. So my main focus is the turkey and not burning it! Knock on wood, it hasn’t happened yet and I hope it doesn’t this year.

I really hope that my tips help you with your thanksgiving preparation this year. That way you can focus on your family and the true meaning of thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for you for reading my blog, my supportive husband, loving kids, wonderful staff and countless blessings that God have given me. What are you thankful for this holiday season?

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