Maybe you do weekly food prep and maybe your idea of getting ready for your weekly meals is making sure you have enough cash in your wallet before you hit the grind. Either way, the holidays are upon us, entertaining is critical and time is oh-so precious.

Getting together with loved ones is truly time that we cherish. Even if you enjoy bonding over the stove, baking together or planning big holiday meals as a family unit, a few shortcuts can really make your day go smoothly. Take the stress out of your holiday meal with some good old fashioned planning and preparation.

Here are a few ways to capitalize on your time and resources:

Think big: Prep breakfast casseroles, one dish meals and ingredients for crock pot meals ahead of time so all you have to do is hit start. This Cauliflower Breakfast Casserole is a great way to start the day. Free up oven space with this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole.

Chill out: Maximize your refrigerator space will salads, sides and appetizers that can be made a day or two ahead of time. Keep it healthy with whole foods, fresh ingredients and a variety of fruits and veggies if you can. Be daring with these Pimento Cheese Stuffed Olives or be traditional with this Broccoli Salad.

Sweeten things up: Most desserts can be made ahead of time. Have a cake knife, garnishes and some whipped cream ready for plating up your beautiful creations. Enjoy a few of these Greek Yogurt Brownies and keep it simple with a Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Step outside the box: Does a turkey casserole sound better than your usual roasted turkey? Would you rather nosh on a pumpkin truffle rather than a warm pumpkin pie? Focus on flavor profiles and get daring with seasonal staples. They’ll gobble up this Turkey Potato Casserole and you may want to make a double batch of these Dark Chocolate Glazed Baked Doughnuts with Pistachios.

No holiday gathering is complete without a well made Cabot cheese plate. Grab a variety of Cabot flavors and let your tastebuds do the talking!

Here are a few more recipes you may want to add to your pre-holiday preparations:

This Mac & Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin is sure to turn heads.

Grab a cup of coffee to go with this Espresso Tart.

Cherish getting to wake up surrounded by the ones you love and this Vegetable, Cheddar & Egg Strata.

Fashion your holiday cheese into something festive with these fun Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers!
Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree

Holiday Cheddar Star

Holiday Cheddar Wreath

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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