Cooking not your thing? Does your heart rate speed up and chest get tight at just the thought of pulling off Thanksgiving dinner? Have no fear, we’re here to help with your “#CookingProbs Thanksgiving Guide”!
Check out our ideas and solutions for a fun, delicious Thanksgiving meal, minus the hassle of cooking for 20!
- The Potluck Luck: Grab a few or a dozen of your closest friends and plan out the perfect potluck meal! Sharing the cooking responsibility is not only helpful, but gives you the opportunity to try other traditional family recipes to mix things up a bit. Share a spreadsheet on Google docs and let guests sign up for a dish, i.e. greens, stuffing, squash, mama’s homemade gravy, etc. Host cooks the turkey, no buts about it! Need some recipe inspo? Foodgawker and Feed Feed are our favorite recipe finder destinations.
- Pre – Fixe Fixin’s: All hail OpenTable! The restaurant app has a Thanksgiving Day feature that showcases all of the nearby restaurants open on Turkey Day. Make a reservation in advance to avoid any “no-go’s” and satisfy your growling stomach. You can also see which larger restaurant chains are open here for cheaper options!
- Prepared in Style: Whole Foods prepared foods and catering section is a legend of its own, and will surely cook up an A+ dinner for you and your family. Many grocery retailers will offer Thanksgiving meals or packages to order in advance, and pick up the morning of. Wow your guests with a fantastic meal that you might just forget to mention wasn’t entirely prepared by you…
- Turkey Day Mash Ups: While we can’t imagine not craving a big plate of turkey and stuffing, or that day-after-thanksgiving-sammie, we understand it may just not be your “thing”. Plan an alternative Thanksgiving meal this year by venturing to your favorite hole-in-the-wall Korean restaurant, or whip up a Taco Thursday for good measure
- Best Dressed: These restaurants got fancy and made the top lists for Thanksgiving power meal destinations; it may be full this time around, but keep this list in mind for next year’s reservations!
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is about coming together to share a meal with the people you love; to take time out of our crazy, hectic, everyday schedules and to be thankful for what this life has given us. Wherever you spend it – and whatever you’re eating – be gracious for those around you, and cherish the moments.