Thanks to these Thanksgiving food prep tricks, you can sit back and relax this holiday knowing that you have everything all prepared.

Thanksgiving food prep never seemed so simple

This Thanksgiving should be about enjoying your loved ones company instead of worrying about the vegetables you forgot to put in the oven. Am I right? That’s why we have put together some Thanksgiving food prep tips to help you better enjoy your holiday.

It’s simple: Plan ahead

Sit down and plan your meals, make a grocery list and buy everything in one trip.

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Wash greens ahead of time

1. SOAK PRODUCE for a few minutes up to 15 minutes in vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) and rinse with water.

2. SPRAY PRODUCE with same solution, leave for a few minutes and rinse with water.

NOTE: Vinegar can be white or apple cider vinegar and can be substituted with lemon or lime juices. Some produce, like mushrooms, strawberries and peaches, cannot be soaked for long periods.

Who wants to be confronted with a massive bunch of greens on Thanksgiving? Me, neither.

Wash, dry and chop kale or collard greens and store in a tub or even a salad spinner a few days before.

Embrace your leftovers

Plan for leftovers when you’re making a recipe. It’s often worth doubling a recipe so you automatically have food already prepped for an extra few days lunches or dinners.

Use pre-washed, pre-cut veggies

Fresh vegetables end up going bad so quickly nowadays and sometimes it just isn’t worth the hassle. Try pre-cut vegetables – they may cost a bit more but you really can’t beat the convenience.

Eat the peels!

If you don’t feel like using pre-cut veggies that you can buy on demand in the grocery store, just use the real deal – but don’t waste time peeling carrots, potatoes or apples.

There’s so much goodness and fibre there and think of the time you’ll save. Just give them a good scrub and cut out any nasty blemishes. Buy a pair of exfoliating gloves to keep by the kitchen sink, they make excellent veggie scrubbers.

Prep, prep, prep

Instead of spending hours in the kitchen slaving over your hot stove, make sure to prep your food ahead of time so that you can enjoy your holiday company. Also, maybe try cooking any grains ahead of time so they can be reheated or stirred into salads.