Depending on who you believe, the average person will chow down on 3,000 to 6,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. That's one meal. Regardless of who you believe, that's a lot.
Scarfing down drinks, four separate starch choices (and that's before dessert), turkey and side dishes galore is bad enough. But the holiday tradition of kicking back, disgustingly stuffed, and sleeping or watching football the rest of the afternoon just makes matters worse.
And don't forget KP. You'll have loads of dishes to wash and bags of trash to toss as you're prepping and recovering from our excuse for excess.
And should I mention there are starving children...in your town?
So here's my proposition: De-stuff your dinner this Thanksgiving. Here's a few ideas to get you started:
Delete dishes. The first year I hosted Thanksgiving, I was floored by the options for the meal. Instead of going nuts and causing stress in my small kitchen, I simply asked my family what was the one dish they couldn't live without? They answered, the meal was centered around those, and no one complained.
Schedule when you're serving. We all eat leftovers for days after the big dinner. But do we need the stress of juggling five dishes on four burners to make one meal? This year, consider simplifying your cooking schedule. Sure, you may love mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, but perhaps you serve one at lunchtime and one at dinner. It eliminates the "need" to eat everything, cuts back on crammed fridges, and you still get your taste.
Get a little fresh. Instead of boxed or restaraunt-bought dishes, consider making fewer dishes, but from scratch. Enjoy fresh, not frozen or canned, vegetables. Make a salad. And be thankful you're eating something that's better for you.
I know these are simple ideas, and I realize you might get some push-back. But think of the positives: Less food to cook. Less strain on the budget - and the waistline. Less dishes to wash. Less trash. And more time to simply be...thankful. And that's what the day is all about.