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Cut Down Your Holiday Workload with Fabulous Make-Ahead Meals!

November 17, 2017

Cut Down Your Holiday Workload with Fabulous Make-Ahead Meals!

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, and to have a warm, cozy meal together. If you are the host, however, it might not be so relaxed. You spend a day or two cleaning the house, all day cooking and preparing the meal and the settings, and all of the meal-time making sure everyone has what they need. It’s fun, but it sure can be exhausting!

At VitaClay, we aim to make your life easier, and VitaClay is a great option for an additional cooker--that’s one less dish to take up valuable oven space! Lots of dishes can be pre-made in VitaClay and then placed in baking dishes to be heated just before the big event.

Here are a few traditional holiday meals that come out great when made in VitaClay, and when reheated taste like they were just made. So you can spread out your workload and keep things simple on game day: and enjoy your holiday festivities, even when you are the host. Imagine that!

Holiday Ham is a favorite, but often takes a back seat to turkey on Thanksgiving. That’s okay---while the turkey is taking up all of the space in the oven, let the ham warm up in VitaClay! VitaClay seals in moisture and keeps the ham tender and juicy.

Candied Sweet Potatoes No holiday meal is complete without a sweet potato dish! Sweet and savory, sweet potatoes are full of fiber and nutrients and add a nutritious punch to this classic comfort food. This dish can be made ahead and reheated quickly, or made in about 30 minutes day-of in VitaClay!

Mashed Potatoes are another holiday essential, and are perfect for a make-ahead meal because they taste just the same when reheated in the oven. Whip up a batch a day or two prior to your party and all you have to do is pop it in the oven a few minutes before the guests arrive!

Cranberry Sauce , with its tart-sweet goodness that goes so well with meats or even on its own, is the perfect make-ahead condiment, because it’s served cold. In essence, it has to be made in advance, so make it a few days early and let it chill in the fridge for an amazing, home-made flavor!

Traditional Green Bean Casserole was always my favorite dish: I’d go back a couple of times for more of this holiday favorite. Did you know there is a real-food version of this classic staple that tastes even better than the soup-can label version? You won’t believe how great this recipe is, and it’s perfect for making ahead because after it’s made in VitaClay it should be finished in the oven anyway--so heat it up and finish it day-of. Perfect!

Condensed Mushroom Soup is usually bought, but it’s really easy to make with real ingredients and is very delicious. If you’d like to give it a shot this holiday, try making it in VitaClay a few days before your holiday event. It’s great as an add-in for the Traditional Green Bean Casserole mentioned above, and even tastes great as a gravy over meat and mashed potatoes!


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