ThePrep: Easy 20-Minute Dinners to Carry Me Through to Thanksgiving
These easy 20-minute dinners will help to get me to Thanksgiving—my favorite holiday!
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Even though there are still five days this week when I need to feed myself, all I can think about is Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday. I love planning out the menu, cooking and celebrating with family over classics like creamy green bean casserole and buttery mashed potatoes—the best dishes on the table, in my opinion.
For the days leading up to Thanksgiving, I'm keeping dinner super simple with dishes that are ready in 25 minutes or less so I can spend more time packing—we're traveling to Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with my side of the family this year—and prepping for the big feast. Whether you're staying at home for the holiday, traveling like me, or not celebrating, this meal plan delivers delicious dinners to keep your week easy.
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For the Thanksgiving menu items that I'm responsible for—the Winter Meat & Cheese Board and Cranberry-Prosecco Cocktail for appetizer hour, plus the Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole—I'm going to do my shopping before we leave, so I have everything I need. While I can't make any of those items in advance, I can do some prep work to get ahead, like trimming the green beans and washing the fruit for the cheese board. Even though it seems like nothing, it'll make a difference!
Once I get to Pennsylvania, I'll chip in and help my family with the rest of what's on the menu and try not to argue with my Mom about how long to cook the turkey.
Sunday: Stir-Fried Japanese Eggplant with Garlic-Soy Sauce topped with a fried egg over precooked brown rice
Monday: Roast Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce over riced cauliflower
Tuesday: Chickpea Curry with precooked brown rice
Thanksgiving!! Winter Meat & Cheese Board, Herb-Roasted Turkey, Herbed Pan Gravy with Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole, Garlic & Chive Mashed Potatoes, Apple-Onion & Cranberry Stuffing, The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce and, for dessert—Pumpkin Pecan Pie!
Friday: Leftover Turkey Salad
What do you do to prep ahead for big events like Thanksgiving? Do you have a favorite EatingWell recipe you love to make? Let me know by emailing me at ThePrep@eatingwell.com!
You can also view all of the recipes here.
We're making shopping easier with a list of all the ingredients you need to make this week's meals. You can print it out, or just keep it on your phone when you hit the store. For just the Thanksgiving recipes, plus the Leftover Turkey Salad, get the shopping list here. For all the other recipes, get the shopping list here.
I need some road trip snacks, as I'm traveling for this Thanksgiving, and these easy homemade granola bars are perfect! If you're not into the cherry-chocolate angle, you can vary the add-ins to your taste, swapping 2 cups of any combination of small (or chopped) dried fruit, nuts and/or seeds for the chocolate, cherries and coconut in this version.
Get the Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
A special drink—like this bubbly cranberry-prosecco cocktail garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs—always make the holidays feel more festive. I'm mixing up this easy seasonal sipper to enjoy with the appetizers while we wait for dinner to be ready!
Get the Recipe: Cranberry-Prosecco Cocktail