My goal though? To keep it simple and really revel in the time together, rather than spending the entire day squirreled away in the kitchen.
Last week I attended the Taste of Thanksgiving event at Whole Foods Market and sampled some of the great items they have to offer that promise to make your holiday meal preparation more simple.
As we planned our Thanksgiving menu and assigned things for people to bring I realized that my favorite part of the meal is not really the meal at all, but the pre-meal. The snacks.
It whets everyone’s appetite and sets the tone for the gastronomic experience ahead.
Hummus is one of my go-to appetizers and this Butternut Squash Hummus recipe has a wonderful autumnal twist to it that is perfect for the Thanksgiving table.
What other toppings can you think of to use? Cranberry sauce would be fitting – or even pomegranate seeds.
The pear option is an excellent fit for a fall themed meal. And a wonderful gluten-free offering for your guests.
If you’re bringing snacks to someone elses house this year, consider these hot dips. The Shrimp Creole Hot Dip and Jalapeno Crab Dip from Whole Foods each come in their own re-usable ceramic ramekin. All you have to do is warm it up in the oven.
When the meal is finished you can gift the container to your host – appetizer and hostess gift in one! LOVE that!
To make Thanksgiving even easier, Whole Food Market has posted some great tips for you on their Holiday Cheat Sheet page. Here you will find recipes, DIY gift and decor ideas and even Turkey 101!
Or you can simplify even further and order your entire dinner, pre-made, from Whole Foods. All you have to do is heat and serve!
This year, do yourself a favor and make it all about ease.