When you are running low on time during the Thanksgiving season, it is good to look for meals that are quick and easy to prepare. These foods are not going to take too much time, but perfect for the holidays. Additionally they all work for anyone living a whole foods lifestyle.
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5 Easy Meal Ideas For Your Busy Thanksgiving Schedule
Cook Your Turkey in a Slow Cooker or Roaster
If you are trying to prepare an actual Thanksgiving feast without a lot of time, consider cooking your turkey in a slow cooker. There are large slow cookers that will fit a medium-sized turkey just fine. Just make sure you have the sizes right.
Alternatively, you can get a large electric roaster that will fit almost any size turkey. Beyond saving you time, you also save oven space! We purchased one a few years ago and have never gone back to cooking a turkey in the oven.
The turkey is the main component of Thanksgiving, and is luckily something you can enjoy even when you are on the whole foods diet. Using a slow cooker allows the turkey to cook without needing to be checked all day, and saves you more room in the oven for other dishes.
Try Simple Vegetable Side Dishes
Whether you are making side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner without a lot of time, or you are simply feeding your family during this busy holiday season, vegetable side dishes don’t have to be complicated.
Brussels sprouts are a great option. They are not difficult to make, are in season during the fall, and can be really delicious with just a few added ingredients.
My family has enjoyed Bacon Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze in the past. However, you can change things up by sauteing them with olive oil, seasonings, and cloves. This makes them nice and flavorful, but not difficult to make. Add some chopped nuts and dried cranberries to the top of the brussels sprouts.
Another favorite is Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables. This mixture of beets, carrots, onions and sweet potatoes packs a serious nutritional punch while tasting great.
Make Some Fall Soup
During this busy time of year, soup is the perfect dinner option. For the most part, everything is put into one pot, so you aren’t spending a lot of time prepping, stirring, mixing, and baking just to make one dinner.
Soup is light and healthy, and easy to make when you are on the whole foods diet. A good soup for this time of year is butternut squash apple soup. It is not difficult to make with diced butternut squash, apples that are peeled and diced, chicken stock, onions, and seasonings.
Simplify the Dessert
For dessert, you don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to make a mock pumpkin pie or an apple pie that is approved for the whole foods diet.
You can use apples and sweet potatoes to make a simple Thanksgiving dessert that won’t take you a lot of time. This dessert just asks for sliced apples, sliced sweet potatoes, cinnamon, salt, water, and ghee or coconut oil. It is very quick and easy to prepare.
What are some ways you simplify your meal prep during the busy holiday season?