The 3 Week Diet

3 Simple Tips to Prep a Stress-Free Holiday Meal

The Holidays is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

Giving and receiving presents, families gathering around the fireplace, endless shopping sprees — you name it, the Holidays have it. We do have to say our personal favorite is the eating.

Holiday meals are a joy to share and eat, especially with our loved ones. However, it can get particularly stressful if you’re the one doing the preparation. The good news is there are ways to ease the stress and make prepping more enjoyable. Here’s how.

1. Prep some food ahead of time
The key to keeping your sanity during this time is proper planning. Figure out what you want to make first and prep the others ahead of time. For example, you can whip up a freezer-friendly dessert for everyone days ahead. You can even come up with the side dishes a day before the holiday meal. This way, you will only have one or two meals to cook on the day itself. Plus, you’re going to feel a lot less stressed and dedicate more time to your guests.

2. Make a list of what you need
Part of your holiday meal is the items you need to prepare for it. From the big pans and pots to the cutlery and serving dishes, make a list of what you need. Have these cookware and serveware ready a few days ahead. This will make it a lot easier on your end to concentrate on the cooking.

3. Mix it up with something pre-made
Let’s face it: It’s hard to bake a pie, roast a turkey, make cookies, prep the table and keep your sanity at the same time. When the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to get something pre-made — whether it’s the apple pie in the bakery downtown or some sushi from the Japanese joint two blocks down. Your guests will appreciate the effort all the same.

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