5 Food Prep Tips for Avoiding Entertaining Stress

Thanks to these food prep tricks, you can relax knowing that you have everything all prepared.

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Holiday food prep never seemed so simple

This holiday weekend should be about enjoying the company of your loved ones—not worrying about the side dish you forgot to make or the pumpkin pie that’s missing an ingredient. We’ve put together some food prep tips to help you better enjoy the festive occasion.

(Related: 15 Healthy Recipes to Add to Your Menu for the Holiday Feast)

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Plan ahead

In order to maintain good eating habits, it’s important to plan your feast ahead of time. Sit down and make a grocery list so that you can buy everything all in one trip.

(Related: 15 Fuss-Free Ways to Meal Plan Like a Pro)

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Food prep

Be sure to prep your food ahead of time so that you can enjoy your company this year. By having your ingredients pre-portioned, you’ll find it a lot easier to cook, even when you’re crunched for time.

(Related: 3 Healthy Side Dishes for the Feast that Are Easy to Make)

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Use pre-cut vegetables

Although pre-cut vegetables may cost more, you can’t beat the convenience. Fresh vegetables end up going bad so quickly and sometimes it just isn’t worth the hassle.

(Related: 14 Fruits and Vegetables You Shouldn’t Peel—and 14 You Should)

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Eat the peels

Don’t waste time peeling carrots, potatoes, or apples. The skin of vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Just give them a good scrub and make sure to cut out any nasty blemishes.

(Related: Raw vs. Cooked—How to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetables)

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Embrace leftovers

After the feast, you may dread cooking again for a while. Plan for leftovers when you’re making a recipe. It’s often worth whipping up a double batch so you’ll have at least two days worth of lunch or dinner.

Next: 12 Healthy Recipes for Turkey Leftovers

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