Thanksgiving is supposed to be about family and friends gathering to share love, laughter and lots of yummy food. Do you have any Thanksgiving favorites? Any traditional dishes that you or family members can’t imagine Thanksgiving without? Will you be hosting or going to a family or friend’s house? Do you eat out?
If you are planning on doing the cooking and entertaining on the big day, read on for some great ideas and shortcuts to help you get more done in less time, and be able to enjoy yourself a bit instead of being stuck in the kitchen all day.
There are a lot of ideas for make ahead dishes that will help save time on the day of. We hope you have a day filled with love, laughter and full tummies.
Crock Pot Cranberry Cider
A fun and easy ‘cocktail’ to start the evening, it can be tailored to all age groups. A fun and festive idea.
Picture and recipe Kleinworth & Co.
Easy Crock-Pot Turkey
A wonderful way of preparing your turkey. If you have more than one crock pot, or you can borrow one or two extra from friends or family, you can set up most of the meal and be free to relax or socialize.
Picture and recipe from Practical Stewardship
Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
Another great time saver. Mix it up, set it and forget! A bunch of great flavors and all ready when you are.
Picture and recipe from The Creative Bite
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
An easier way to prepare the classic side. What are your favorite additions to the classic mashed potatoes?
Picture and recipe from Creme de la Crumb
Green bean casserole, yay or nay? This tends to be a dish that we love to hate. It always seems to show up for the holiday but most of us are not that shall we say, fond, of the casserole.
Picture and recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Sweet potato casserole is another love it or hate it recipe. I personally LOVE sweet potatoes, but the casserole version is not among my favorite holiday recipes. But it does show up on most holiday menus.
Recipe and Photo by Six Sisters Stuff
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
This is another ‘discussion’ among family members. I like home made cranberry sauce, but my parents prefer the kind that comes in a can and you serve in slices.
Recipe and Photo by Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Dump Cake
And last but not least, pumpkin is a traditional recipe ingredient in most Thanksgiving celebrations, but here is a slight variation on the pie idea.
Recipe and Photo by 365 Days of Slow Cooking
However you will be celebrating this Thanksgiving, we hope your day is filled with love, laughter and lots of your favorite foods. Happy Thanksgiving!
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Dawn and Kate