Guilt Free Thanksgiving

We are in the midst of the Thanksgiving season! Being a working mom means time is a bit scarce when it comes to the big holiday dinner. It’s just my hubby, the kiddies and their grandma for dinner this year. A small group.

So I am thankful for the pre-made dinner at the local grocery store. I will share a few reasons why a pre-made dinner is a great way to go for a busy mom.

  • A pre-made dinner means less stress for me and less stress for grandma (my mom) who inevitably cooks too much food.
  • A pre-made dinner means all we have to do is run out to the store Thanksgiving morning and pick up the good eats for the family. Heat and serve.
  • A pre-made dinner means we just need to add a dinner salad and maybe one extra veggie dish to make it complete.
  • A pre-made dinner to a five and two year old, merely means it’s dinner I saw mom and grandma cook while I played with my toys. The won’t know the difference.
  • A pre-made dinner is guilt-free because I don’t have the added pressure of cooking from scratch and it’s actually delicious.

Best of all, a pre-made dinner means I get to play with the kids, relax and enjoy the holiday!

I’m also thankful that this year we will have a family dinner together. I’ll opt for the nice dishes and use of the dining room for the day. I figure paper plates may be crossing the line.
What are your plans for the Thanksgiving holiday?



10 thoughts on “Guilt Free Thanksgiving

  1. We’ll have a small crowd for Thanksgiving as well. I’m planning on brining and roasting a turkey, then doing my usual simple side items – cornbread stuffing in the crockpot, brown rice, sweet potato casserole, green beans and dinner rolls. I’m taking off from work the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to make pies. A pecan pie for my husband’s birthday on Wednesday and a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper


  2. I think that’s a wonderful idea! I’ve spent hours in the kitchen, chasing small ones out of the way, feeling frustrated and upset on a day when I just want to enjoy my family. Hope your day is fantastic!!!


    1. Thanks Rachel! Looks like you have a yummy menu planned for your family… breakfast, lunch and dinner! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get a chance to enjoy some, too. You certainly deserve it! 🙂


  3. Good for you!! Well done on recognising that Thanksgiving should be all about spending quality time with family NOT stressing in the kitchen!

    I hope you all have a great time next week!! I’m feeling rather jealous that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK! I feel I’m missing out!


    1. Thank you! It is a special holiday in the US, but somehow it has become something bigger than celebrating the history. Think that is why busy moms are focused on trying to ease the stress of putting on a huge dinner. You’re right, it should be about spending quality time and we can make it that way!


  4. It sounds like a great way to go so there is no stress over all the cooking!!! I am jealous that you several of you ladies are doing this! I think I might just make some phone calls today and do the same!!!

    Stopping by from WMW!!!


    1. Glad you stopped by and that the tips are helpful! If you find a good grocery store or restaurant, the dinner is just like home cooked. Add in your own fixings and the kids are happy! It’s still a some work and time but takes the edge off doing it from scratch, if that is not your thing. Happy Thanksgiving!


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