5 Make-Ahead Holiday Meals

Bring something new to the table this Thanksgiving with these fresh takes on holiday favorites.

The holidays are perfect for catching up with friends and family over delicious food, and meal planning and prep can be half the fun. To help you serve up perfect Thanksgiving dishes—and stay on a healthy-eating path—we asked our sister publication Clean Eating to share some simple spins on classic holiday staples. Each side, appetizer, and dessert is a cinch to put together and delivers on flavor without leaving you overstuffed or sleepy. For the vegetarians in your life, there’s ample protein and healthy fats—in case you were considering skipping the bird (or Tofurky) this year. And because we don’t believe that you should spend an entire dinner party in the kitchen if you’re hosting, each recipe includes make-ahead tips to help you get started up to five days ahead of the big day. Do the bulk of the work in advance to minimize stress and maximize the meaningful time you spend with your loved ones.