Prisco’s Family Market

1108 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506 | 630-264-9400

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Food Prep Tips to Ease Holiday Stress

  • Make it a cooperative meal. Why not split up the work of preparing a huge holiday meal by doing it cooperatively? This is more planned than potlucks, to which everyone brings whatever they fancy. For Christmas dinner, you will want to make sure that all the courses are covered, from appetizers to dessert. If every participant makes one or two items, no one comes to the event already feeling frazzled—or broke!

  • Don’t forget non-carnivores. If you’re going to be one of few vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free eaters at a holiday meal, offer to bring a main dish to share. Make it a heaping helping, because everyone will want some of what you’re having. Look at this as a good thing: what better way to promote healthy food than by showing how delicious these kinds of dishes can be?

  • Make use of alternate sources. Why get bogged down making side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, lasagna, and cranberry relish? Call our deli at 630-264-9400 and order homemade and ready to serve -- or heat and serve -- foods from us.

  • Do some basic food ahead. Prepare some of the food days early so that your dishes come together quick when you need them, saving time when assembling. Here are a few things you can accomplish ahead of time:

    • Bake winter squashes to prepare for making pies, stuffed squash dishes, and the like.

    • Cook, bake, or microwave potatoes or sweet potatoes.

    • Cook grains, including brown rice, and even quinoa which cooks quickly, simply because it’s one less thing to do when you’re cooking for company.

    • If any salad dressings or sauces are in the plans, it’s fine to make them a day or two ahead.

    • Make bread crumbs or croutons.

  • Don’t fight getting help. Too often we like to be the hero (or perhaps the martyr) professing a “don’t bother, I’ll handle it” attitude. If someone asks to help with a holiday meal, offer them a task or assign a dish to bring. If not enough volunteers are forthcoming, speak up and enlist some! If you ask politely and sincerely, most people would love to be part of the holiday preparation.


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