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November 16, 2017

Make-Ahead Recipes for a Stress Free Thanksgiving

Relatives are on their way over, friends are calling to ask what they can bring, the table needs to be set, and the food still needs to be prepared! There is already plenty going on Thanksgiving day so the less you need to worry about the better.

At True Citrus, we have come up with a collection of delicious recipes you can whip up the night before to make your holiday celebration a little more stress-free.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Appetizers

Ginger Spice Roasted Nuts
These nuts will make your kitchen smell amazing! You can make them up to a week ahead of time, although it's probably safer to make them the day before. Otherwise you may eat them all before your guests arrive.

True Lemon Pepper and Pecorino Dip
This dip is even better the next day as it allows the flavors to meld together. Slice peppers, celery, and cucumbers ahead of time so the entire dish is ready to serve.

Cauliflower Soup with True Lemon Parsley Cream
Make this soup ahead of time, and heat in a crock pot or on the stove before serving.

Main Course

True Lemon Curried Carrots
An easy but nutritious side dish that is full of flavor. To make this recipe early, combine carrots, garlic, and spices in a bowl and cover to refrigerate overnight. Day of, simmer the broth and just dump the carrots in!

True Lemon Vegetable Gratin
Build this recipe with the raw ingredients ahead, then just bake in the oven. 

True Orange Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This entire recipe can be made beforehand and just reheated in the oven on low. Be sure to mix periodically for even warming.

Spinach Salad with Poached Pears
Make the dressing and poach pears early, then assemble the salad in a large bowl to leave in the fridge overnight. Wait to add the goat cheese until just before serving.

True Lemon and Olive Oil Herb Marinade
An excellent marinade for turkey or chicken. The meat needs to sit in it overnight, which makes it a flavorful shortcut to use before cooking.

Desserts

True Lemon Pumpkin Roll
A holiday favorite, and perfectly delicious the next day.

Citrus Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
A light ending to a heavy meal, these strawberries need to be chilled before serving either way.

Cheers to a happy (and stress-free) Thanksgiving dinner!