Little Gifts of Time

We're thankful for little gifts of time

When it comes to Thanksgiving food prep, we know you have a lot on your plate—and that’s before you even get your turn at the holiday buffet. Why not make Thanksgiving dinner a little easier this year using a schedule? Our recipes and ideas for a speed-scratch menu takes way less time than usual, and still gets all the raves from everyone at the table.

  • Brine and dine. Yes, you have to plan turkey brining 12 hours in advance—but it’s a quick, easy process. The simple how-tos are right here. And to make it even easier, pick up one of Our Own Brine Kits. It’s got all the salt and herbs pre-measured for you, plus a bag big enough to hold your turkey and all those marinade-y juices.

  • Chop down your prep time. Pre-cut veggies from our produce department are here for you. Let us dice your butternut squash and shave your Brussels sprouts.

  • Don’t sweat the stuffing stuff. Shortcut alert: just mix Our Own Rustic Stuffing Cubes with your favorite ingredients and bake. And if you’re feeling creative, try sauteed mushrooms, turkey giblets, nuts, smoked oysters, cooked sausage... the possibilities are virtually endless, and unexpected ingredients make for a memorable meal.

  • Made from scratch doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make it from scratch. We’re cooking up mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, herb stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, and more, ready for you to pick up, heat up, and eat. (We’ll never tell.)

  • Add some “wow, this is amazing” flavor to vegetables and mashed potatoes with Butter Fusion Flavored Finishing Butters. Brush some on your dinner rolls before heating them up for a melty, savory side that will seem much more revolutionary than buttered bread.

Bookmark these time-saving Thanksgiving meal prep recipes:

Make-Ahead Gravy

This Thanksgiving must-have freezes beautifully and heats back up with all that irresistible flavor intact.

Speedy-Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Grab some of our pre-shaved Brussels sprouts from the Produce Market and you can whip up a quick, easy green side with a delicate texture and a classic fall vibe.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Give the plant-based eaters in your life a little love and keep the “don’t change my menu” people happy by making this old-school favorite dairy-free. All with just 10 minutes of prep.

Twice-Baked Cranberry Sweet Potatoes

Give your classic yam casserole some style this year. Tart cranberries and creamy blue cheese complement the sweetness of roasted yams, and pecans top it all off with a delightful crunch.

Simple Holiday Stuffing

Sometimes simple is best! This recipe delivers amazing results with minimal effort. Perfect as is, or as a jumping-off point for the stuffing of your dreams.

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