Holiday season is without a doubt a busy time of year. From planning meals, buying supplies, inviting guests to decorating your home, the to-do list can often feel never-ending. In order to make this time of year easier on you and your family, Teton Waters Ranch created a list of meal tips & tricks to keep in mind and help you prepare for the holiday season. Keep reading to learn how to make your holiday meals delicious, nutritious and best yet, stress-free!
- Ask about Guests’ Food Restrictions First and foremost, before you build out your holiday menu, check in with your guests to see if there are any food restrictions you should be aware of. With the trending Whole30 and Keto diets, guests who used to be able to eat a portion of everything on the buffet, might now be limited. Avoid your guests feeling discouraged by not being able to eat what you’ve spent hours making. Knowing food and allergy restrictions prior to making your menu will allow you to create a delicious meal with a little something for everyone.
- Plan Ahead Once you’ve gathered an idea of all the food and allergy restrictions amongst your guests, use your free time before holidays truly kick into full gear and plan ahead. By building out your menu in advance, you’ll be able to determine what ingredients you need to buy, what meals you may want to test-run in your kitchen before the party, and all other to-do’s that come with it. If you are looking for recipe inspiration, take a look at TWR’s delicious recipes made with 100% grass-fed beef products. For Whole30 approved recipes, click here. Remember to not let go of your holiday favorites. Traditions are great memories and it is important to keep them going, especially if they taste good.
- Be Aware of Busy Holiday Schedule Don’t let time slip away from you! Be aware of the busy holiday schedule, from school events to office parties, it is easy to let the holidays sneak up on you. If you are hosting a party this year, know your schedule and be sure to do the holiday shopping before it’s too late. You’ll be surprised what ingredients are gone from the shelves first!
- Load the Meal with Good Proteins & Vegetables Make sure your menu is filled with responsibly sourced proteins, like Teton Waters Ranch products, and vegetables. Not only are both loaded with nutrients like Vitamins A and C, they will also create a perfectly balanced meal amongst all of your other holiday dishes. Teton Waters Ranch 100% grass-fed beef products are never treated with hormones, antibiotics, nitrates or nitrites, ever. Our cattle are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished from start to end. The end product contains higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, CLA’s, and Vitamins A and E – all of which are critical for human health, body metabolism, and support our immune systems. Balance your holiday meal with protein that is better for you, and loads of vegetables filled with nutrients.
- Use Items in Your Pantry Let’s be cost efficient! Before heading to the store, check to see what food items you have stocked in your pantry. Using up canned goods and other non-perishable items in your pantry will make your holiday, grocery shopping experience lighter.
- Opt for Healthy Ingredient Substitutions Sometimes meals made on the holidays can be loaded with carbohydrates or typically filling foods that might not make your stomach or conscious feel the best after eating them. We have a solution! Use the holidays to experiment opting for healthy ingredient substitutions. For example, one of our favorite subs is cauliflower for potatoes – this will allow your guests to keep taking bites without the guilt of calories and have room for every other dish on the table.
- Prep Healthy Snacks While waiting for your guests to trickle in, healthy snacks are a great way to start the holiday cheer! And side note — your guests won’t fill up too much before the main course. Use Teton Waters Ranch entertaining recipes made with 100% grass-fed beef for appetizer inspiration.
- Ask Your Family For Help Don’t hesitate to ask for help! Use this time to get everyone involved. From grocery shopping, meal prep, to setting the table – there is a task for everyone. Your kids will love the meal even more if they can be apart of the process. While allowing them to help set up, educate your children on the benefits of the ingredients in the meal.
Let’s start cooking – happy holidays!