Last-Minute Thanksgiving

No need to stress for days. Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax, dinner will be ready shortly.
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Thanksgiving is not for procrastinators. Cooks across the country plan this day for weeks: searching for sure-to-impress recipes, cooking some in advance and stockpiling their freezers.

But what if planning just isn't your thing? What if you decided to do nothing until the morning of? Could you actually get a delicious holiday dinner on the table? Absolutely. Here’s a feast-worthy, four-course PointsPlus® menu that’s ready in less than four hours.


Apple-Pear Crisp
Apple-Pear Crisp
We’re not suggesting you eat dessert first. But this has to cool for 2 hours so bake it now to get it out of the way. When it’s done, increase your oven temperature to 400°F for the turkey.

Next, tackle the bird:

Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes
Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes
Roasting a whole boneless turkey breast is much quicker than roasting a whole bird. Plus, it’s healthier since you’ve got nothing but white meat. Save time by tossing the potatoes in the same pan.

Prep this:

Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette
Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette
A simple, classic, no-cook side dish. Toss it as is, or add extras like roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes and shredded carrots. Prepare this while the turkey and potatoes roast.

Then, prep this and finish it just before dinner:

Sautéed String Beans with Almonds
Sautéed String Beans with Almonds
Since the aim is to get dinner out of the kitchen fast, we chose a stove-top version of string beans. This way, there’s no conflict with the oven. Make these last so they’re fresh and hot, about 30 minutes before you ring the dinner bell.


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