Right before thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday menu, it’s time to start planning food for houseguests that weekend. In all the hubub around the turkey, it’s easy to forget that people staying with you will also need other meals and a well-stocked refrigerator. Here are two favorite breakfasts and two favorite dinners or hearty lunches, all perfect to make-ahead with a friend for your holiday guests (you’ll be glad you did this, trust me!): Zesty Breakfast Casserole and Meaty Ziti Caprese (both found in our newsletter archives), Festive and Fruity Granola and White Chicken Chili (both in our recipe section on the website).
I also plan to use my Vita-Mix Blender to whip up morning smoothies–plain yogurt, frozen strawberries, ice, and a bit of honey, and it’s an easy healthy breakfast! I’d love to hear some of our members’ plans for cooking or planning ahead for the meals surrounding the “big” Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, the days following will have some creative turkey dishes and I’d like to hear about those too.