Mon | Easy does it
All eyes (and stomachs and wallets) are on Thursday's big feast but the family needs nourishment before then. Go easy on the calories tonight with a pile of peel-and-eat shrimp that they can dip into Kicked Up Cocktail Sauce (recipe below). Make or buy a simple Greek salad and serve it with a rustic loaf of bread.
Tues | Make room for Tom
Turkey boy is taking up room in the fridge along with lots of other holiday dinner ingredients so rummage through to see what can be fashioned into dinner tonight. Eggs? Check. Green peppers? Check. Ham and cheese? Check and check. Make Western Omelets with toast and jam. What's that in the back of the freezer? Tater tots? Oh, yeah.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
It's just different enough from turkey that you can serve rotisserie chicken tonight. Turn it into chicken salad and make Open-Faced Chicken Melts on bagels. Toast the bagels, spread on the chicken salad and drape with a slice of cheese. (I like Havarti here.) Broil until bubbly. Slices of melon on the side. Now, back to the prep work and setting the table.
Thurs | T-Day
No matter that an overload of food is coming this afternoon, they'll want to eat before. Plan ahead and have a meat-and-cheese platter with other nibbles — think crunchy veggies — at the ready. Shoo them out of the house for a walk to occupy them and give you time to get things ready.
Fri | Turkey, Part II
If you don't have enough fixings left over to repeat Thursday's holiday feast, consider making Creamy Turkey Chowder (recipe below). The recipe calls for turkey broth but you can use chicken. Milk and potatoes make it creamy.
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