Step 1: Forget the whole-bird hype. Did you know that 5 pounds of turkey breast accompanied by savory stuffing and gravy will feed 12 easily? It's true! Not to mention it preps in 20 minutes and cooks in under 2 hours.
Step 2: Keep apps simple. You probably already have STOVE TOP Stuffing on your Thanksgiving grocery list, so toss an extra box in the cart for these cheesy appetizers. (Did we mention they need just 15 minutes of hands-on time?)
Step 3: Get ahead of the game. When you're caught up in the kitchen hustle, pre-made Thanksgiving sides can be a sanity saver. This delish broccoli recipe can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours ahead.
Step 4: Do the mashed potato. We couldn't leave these beloved spuds out—but that doesn't mean you have to babysit 'em! In 35 minutes start-to-finish, you'll have an amazingly creamy bowl of taters flavored with Parmesan—and they're Healthy Living, too!
Step 6: Stash your sweets. In the fridge, that is! Make these gorgeous layered bars up to 2 days before you plan to serve them. (We think this pumpkin dessert tastes better after a day or two, anyway!)
Step 7: Make it easy as pie. With this coconutty Thanksgiving dessert, it's more than just a saying—easy pie is a reality. Five ingredients. Fifteen minutes of prep. Believe. Not sold on coconut? Try perusing other easy cream pie recipes for inspiration.