Best Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

This is the best Healthy Turkey Chili ever! With a southwestern spin on our favorite chili, know you can feel great about this healthy for you comfort food! Packed with flavor, you’ll want to make this healthy chili recipe all year long. EASY SOUTHWEST TURKEY CHILI RECIPE When you’re looking for a quick and easy […]

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Turkey Vegetable Tray

Make a Turkey Vegetable Tray for Thanksgiving! These turkey veggie trays are a fun ideas for a Thanksgiving table or healthy fall party food. Easy Turkey Vegetable Tray for Thanksgiving! It’s never too early to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner! I came up with this Turkey Vegetable Tray fun food idea years ago at Thanksgiving after being […]

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Instant Pot Turkey Spinach Lasagna

This healthy Turkey Spinach Instant Pot Lasagna is an easy pressure cooker ground turkey recipe your family will love for dinner.   Easy Instant Pot Lasagna Made with Ground Turkey and Spinach Try this easy Instant Pot Turkey Spinach Lasagna if you need a delicious ground turkey recipe for a week night meal. Anytime I can […]

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8 Things to Buy VS Make for Thanksgiving

The theme of this holiday season for me is to simplify.  I am pregnant, I am tired and I just want to try and enjoy my family for the holidays instead of drive myself crazy trying to pinterest this thanksgiving.  I often put so much pressure on myself to overdo the holidays, and after years of trial and error I feel like I’ve found a sweet spot for putting together a great Thanksgiving dinner.  You see, Grandma Costco makes many delicious dishes-dishes that I shouldn’t even try to compete with, right?  Here’s my list of things to make vs things to buy.  I’m not even suggesting that you follow this completely, but consider what you could let go of and give yourself, and your oven, a rest!

1. Turkey: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Our local BBQ place smokes the most amazing turkey.  After trying it one year, we were hooked.  It’s like having a whole bird of smoked turkey leg from Disneyland.  I actually enjoy making turkey-but it doesn’t top this, and having the space in my oven on Thanksgiving day pushes this over the edge of being the best thing ever.  Consider outsourcing your turkey.

2. Pumpkin Pie: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Costco makes the most delicious giant pumpkin pie for $5.99.  You just buy it, bring it home, and eat it.  Done.  No rolling crust, no wrapping crust in tinfoil so it doesn’t burn while you cook the pumpkin for 2 hours and no spilling runny pumpkin pie filling all over your kitchen.  For the price and size ingredients cost almost exactly the same.  Grandma Costco is making my pumpkin pie this year.

3. Mashed Potatoes: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Mashed Potatoes are just too easy and too cheap not to make homemade!  A bag of potatoes is only a few dollars and I love my mashed potatoes with the skins on so it’s not even very labor intensive.  We cut them up, boil them, drain them and mash with sour cream, butter, garlic and salt/pepper.  Too easy to not make at home!

4. Rolls: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I’m actually on the fence about rolls.  The reason I have them as a “make” item is because no one makes homemade baked goods anymore and if we stop making them once a year at Thanksgiving we will lose the art!  And my grandma’s rolls recipe is the best.  If you have a favorite bakery that makes the best rolls in the world, I understand why this would quickly be on the “buy” list.  Baking is labor intensive and messy!

5. Cranberry Sauce: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I recently found out how easy it is to make cranberry sauce and I’m hooked!  You can make it a week ahead (bonus), most recipes make lots (send a homemade jar home with your guests as a favor), and it is SO YUMMY homemade!  Worth making!

6. Stuffing: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I hate stuffing.  I am not the right person to ask about this because in my opinion it’s all gross so why not buy stove top and call it a day?

7. Gravy: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

There are 2 reasons I advocate for buying gravy: first, I’m not making turkey so I have no drippings to work with and second, I hate trying to strain piping hot drippings, seperate fat and then worry about beating out the lumps.  It’s a lot of work for something that can so easily be purchased for a small price.

8. Relish Tray/Veggie Tray: Make if you have kids, Buy if you don’t

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

If you have children, this is the perfect Thanksgiving day job for them.  Cutting and arranging a veggie plate and relish tray is the highlight of my girls day and I love that they have a way to contribute to the meal.  If you don’t have kids and don’t want to be bothered-this is such an easy buy!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day dishes and do you make them or buy them?

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The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

Let’s talk turkey. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re in charge of the turkey for the first or fifteenth time, there is always some new and magical to learn.

AND, let’s face it…cooking that bird is stressful. Unless you’re my Dad, or my Aunt, who seem to be able to just effortlessly whip up that turkey year after year. Maybe we should put them on YouTube…

Our first stab at cooking a turkey was a few years ago when we hosted our first Thanksgiving. I was so nervous. Now, I’m no rookie in the kitchen, but there is something about the investment of money, time, and the fact that this holiday is about THE FOOD…makes it pretty important not to mess up THE FOOD.

That’s where YouTube came in. Because seeing someone cook that bird, is different than reading it about it and seeing one glorious photo of the finished product in your cookbook.

Especially when you’re dealing with directions that are guiding you through cleaning and then subsequently stuffing a body cavity.

Moving on.

Here are five of the best turkey how to videos on YouTube. They are the best because they are simple to follow, don’t require some trip to an exotic grocery store for a high-priced ingredient, don’t require special equipment, and look absolutely FANTASTIC when the bird is done.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your turkey be delicious and may your family refrain from talking about the election results at dinner.

The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

If you’ve never laid eyes on a turkey and/or roasting pan, this is the tutorial for you. No fancy pants techniques.


Because you’re also going to be making the foundation of a delicious gravy too.


Want to MacGyver some turkey? Grab a loaf of bread, it’s time to expand your horizons.


Lots of recipes call for buttering the bird. But Gordon’s butter is looks good enough to eat with a spoon. Then he adds BACON. (Christmas Turkey or Thanksgiving turkey…who cares.)


Want to give a brined turkey a try. Great tips on the logistics of brining—and roasting.

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