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The Lazy Guide To Thanksgiving: Foolproof Tips For An Easy Meal

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. But all the prep that goes into it definitely isn’t. You actually don’t have to spend hours and hours prepping for the big meal. It’s totally possible to have a tasty holiday without very much work at all. May we present the Lazy Guide To Thanksgiving.  

For many of us, holidays are a time of joy – but also stress. Planning for a gathering can even feel like a whole lot of work. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you can even be a bit lazy when it comes to your Thanksgiving plans! Forget hours in the kitchen and setting the perfect tablescape and instead, get ready to learn our best tips for less time, but more fun and tasty food. It’s time to discover the Lazy Guide to Thanksgiving.


For more Thanksgiving tips, check out How To Set A Stylish Thanksgiving Table and 8 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Still Make For The Big Meal.


1. Don’t Cook A Whole Turkey

While the turkey is usually the star of a Thanksgiving meal, don’t feel obligated to roast an entire bird. The easier (and much quicker) option? Making a turkey breast instead. A 3lb breast will take about an hour to roast, as opposed to several for an entire turkey, and is so much easier to carve and serve as well. Hosting a big group? Make two breasts to ensure you have enough, or skip a turkey altogether if you’re vegetarian!


2. Use Eco-Friendly Disposable Plates

Making a big meal also means a big pile of dishes to do at the end of it. But you can help eliminate a lot of extra scrubbing and effort (especially if you don’t have a dishwasher) by simply switching out your plates to a hassle-free disposable option. But don’t grab just any paper plate. Choose an eco-friendly option made of recycled materials or a sustainable substance, like bamboo. That way you’ll save time cleaning up and do your small part to save the earth!


3. Decorate From Your Backyard

You don’t have to search far for decor to fill your table. Just head outside! The easiest option to grab some leaves in autumnal tones or a few branches placed in a vase for a simple but seasonal centerpiece. If you have any extra pumpkins or gourds lying around, place those on your table too. Because nothing says Thanksgiving like a stylish display of all that nature has to offer- and it’s totally free!


4. Opt For Premade Sides

Another easy way to cut down on time in the kitchen? Don’t cook everything on your menu! Shopping for some premade sides (like mashed potatoes, green beans, or carrots) will save you time and effort, but still taste great. For a way to make them semi-homemade, add a garnish on top, some butter, and always place in a stylish serving bowl.



We hope these tips make your Thanksgiving easy – and extra joyous!