Stress-free Thanksgiving Dinner recipes
A collection of tried and tested — all-time favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
Gather family and friends and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.
How To Throw the Perfect Stress-free Thanksgiving Dinner
I love everything about Thanksgiving. It reminds me to be thankful for all the many blessings in my life and to look for the blessings in the less than perfect situations.
This is the one time of year I (almost) miss the cold autumn days of “up-north”. It’s just not the same going on a hayride or picking the perfect pumpkin wearing shorts and a tank top, with the high temperature hitting 85 degrees. But the still warm temperatures mean we can Grill a Turkey, relax by the pool, watch football outside and take boat rides throughout the day to visit friends and neighbors.
For us, we start with brunch around 11, and Thanksgiving Dinner is usually served around 3:00 in the afternoon (that way we can eat all day and night long). The stress-free key to having fresh, good food available all day long is a little pre-planning.
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Stress-free Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
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Smoked Turkey Breast on the grill
Tubs of Ice Cold Beer, Water, Sparkling Water, and Sodas
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Festive enough for special occasions – simple enough for every day. The citrus brine makes this especially juicy and cooking on the grill frees up oven space and the Turkey cooks faster.
This blue cheese potato chip recipe makes a great side dish for barbecues. I love these. I had a version of these when I visited my sister in The Woodland’s Texas. There’s a restaurant that served a version of these as an appetizer. I had to try and come up with a version to make at home.
S’Mores are a favorite finish to any backyard barbecue or campfire. Take your S’mores game to the next level with 20 amazing S’mores recipes. Set up a S’mores station and print a menu for thought starters and let your guests make their own creations.
Summer is corn season. Corn at its peak is so sweet and delicious that it really doesn’t need any topping but these 10 amazing toppings are perfect for creating a “do it yourself” corn on the cob topping station.
Nothing says brunch like a mimosa. This replaces OJ with grapefruit. The perfect balance of bubbly and not too sweet. Yum!
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Caprese Salad an Italian Classic. Layers of tomato and mozzarella topped with basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Fresh and tasty.
Eggplant Milanese. Better than take-out and done in 30 minutes. Special enough for a party, simple enough for tonight!
Pork Al Pastor perfectly pairs sweet pineapple with smokey chipotles. Using a slow cooker may not be authentic but it makes it easy to serve pork Al Pastor tacos for taco Tuesday or any day.
I love serving homemade meals and entertaining, but I don’t love spending all my time in the kitchen… Sound familiar? I’ll share my shortcuts for getting delicious, healthy food on the table – easy, fast & stress-free. All of my recipes have been tested on family and friends. We love them and I hope you will too.
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This is me hangin’ out on the boat – it’s an absolutely gorgeous day in the Florida Keys – doing what wannabe mermaids do best…splashing in the waves + soaking up the sun.
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