I thought you might also like some meal shortcuts. I use most of these all year long but even I need a reminder especially during during this upcoming time of year!
In my previous post I shared some of the things I do to De-Stress the Holiday Over Load between Halloween and New Year’s Day. Check it out HERE. Click HERE to learn about using essential oils to help with de-stressing the Holidays or anytime of the year.
As a general rule, I have to remind myself that I just can’t do it all AND remain sane. So I now have others in the household share in the daily & seasonal chores. If they can do a job 75% as well as I do it, then they can do it. Unless of course it is to dangerous or personal.
My Meal Shortcuts
- EVERY time you make a meal or snack – make twice as much. Store the extra for a time when you are rushed. With this you are more likely to stay with your health & weight goals.
Do you dread playing hostess, doing all that cooking, making sure your house looks “perfect,” worrying about having enough space for guests to sit or mingle?
- Revive the potluck. Ask everyone to bring a holiday favorite. You supply the wine, cocoa, and/or gingerbread men
- Do as much prep work ahead of time as possible.
- Delegate parts of the meal out to your guests, asking them to bring side dishes, desserts, drinks, etc.
- Make a list of all your necessary Holiday dishes and baking, then determine from there what can be made in advance, or at least what prep work you can get done early. That list will come in handy when grocery shopping too.
- Before putting items away, chop up all vegetables, like those for stuffing or side
dishes. Or at least store them all together so you eliminate the time searching.
- Combine all spices needed for dishes, like your favorite pie, in advance to cut out the time spent measuring.
- Most side dishes can be cooked the day before, and warmed through the day of. Other holiday essentials, like cranberry sauce can be made weeks in advance and frozen.
If all else fails EAT OUT. Make having a festive dinner at a restaurant your new holiday-season tradition — no cleanup!
Remember the most important thing is to enjoy your time with family and friends!