6 Holiday for a Stress-Free Meal!
The holidays are upon us and if you are hosting a family meal at your house, it can put on the pressure and be very stressful. But, the holidays are all about unwinding, relaxing and enjoying good food and great company, right? Of course they are! That is why I am sharing these hacks that Executive Chef Daniel Craig from the Delta Toronto has come up with that will make your holiday meal–stress-free!
First thing is first, plan out what needs to be done and see what you can prepare a few days in advance so that all you need to do is cook and serve on the big day. Make a menu, write out your shopping list and head to the store early. Making mashed potatoes? This is a dish that can be made in advance and reheated without compromising flavour.
2. Get Your Turkey De-Boned!
It is often something that we don’t think about but, something that can truly save you a lot of time. De-bone your turkey before cooking or go to your nearest butcher to help you out. This turkey hack will cut your cooking time in half and give you a lot more time to cook everything else on your list!
3. Your Oven Isn’t the Only Thing That Cooks!
There is nothing more frustrating than having to juggle all your recipes on a four-burner stove and since we’ve been experiencing warmer than normal temperatures this year, why not use your BBQ for a dish or two? Veggies are a great side that tastes amazing grilled! Maybe even give your slow cooker a try for a great stuffing, vegetable side or even a dessert!
4. Stay in Your Comfort Zone.
I know when I am hosting a dinner, I always want to impress! That often leads to trying new recipes and though sometimes it can be a hit, it can also be a disaster most times. Sometimes thinking out of the box invites unwarranted stress and possible panic if all doesn’t go well. Stay within your comfort zone and make a tried and true recipe that never fails you!
5. It Doesn’t Always Have to be Festive!
Traditions exist for a reason and while the traditional turkey dinner is always a nostalgic favorite, your guests are likely attending more than one holiday dinner this season. That means they’ll have had their fair share of turkey and stuffing induced comas. Don’t be afraid to serve up some ribs or whip up your famous mac and cheese! Mix it up a little, your guests will thank-you.
6. Keep it Hot!
When you’ve cleared your list and have prepared everything, it’s hard to keep the food hot. Use the oven or microwave to heat up your serving dishes before you put the food out. Heating the dishes up will help them hold their temperature for much longer. That way, your guests will have food that is just right!
Take a Break!
These hacks should help you have a stress-free meal during the holidays. Once the guests enjoy their meals, good food and drink are served and many laughs and memories are made–its time to keep the relaxation going! Why not get away for a day or two? You deserve it!
Delta has a great deal for hockey fans during the holidays, where guests who book for Dec. 27, 28 or 29 can enjoy a fun-packed evening with your whole family. Breakfast included in SOCO Kitchen + Bar. FREE Hockey Hall of Fame tickets to the first 100 guests who book this room! BONUS: Book your room today for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the NHL game Leafs vs Islanders on December 29 at 7.00pm at the ACC!
What hacks do you use to have a stress-free holiday dinner?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.