Thanksgiving day starts early with pots banging and pressure cookers whistling and the slice, slice, slice sounds of carrots and potatoes being peeled. The aroma of stuffing spices and turkey rubs fill the air from early dawn and draw you quickly out of bed. Too bad this meal won’t be ready to eat until mid afternoon at the soonest!
To stop that growling stomach and slow the parade of impatient guests or family members asking, ” is it done yet? how long till it’s done? can I have some pie while I wait?” it’s a good idea to give them something to nibble on, something light but filling, something to get them out of your kitchen.
A favorite Thanksgiving day lunch is not a lunch really, but rather a buffet of a variety of ‘it’s good for you, go ahead and eat it while you wait’, but with a special flair. Sure there’s the usual vegetable tray and dip, but add some of chips, hummus, pretzels, guacamole, shrimp and cocktail sauce or thin soup and you have a feast before a feast!
A fruity lunch is a great idea also as many fruits will digest quickly and your guests will be good and hungry again just as that perfect turkey leaves the oven. This might be a large fruit salad of apples, bananas, peach, pear and various types of berries, with or without a sweetener mixed in. If you can find a watermelon at the store, cut a creatively designed bowl from the rind and remove the watermelon. Mix all the fruit together in a separate large bowl and pour it back into the watermelon bowl.