Thanksgiving is one of the many things that gets more complicated as we get older. As a kid, you didn’t have to worry about roasting an entire turkey, getting that stuffing just right, or managing the fact that Grandma loved pumpkin pie and Aunt Sally hated it. Now the family is coming to your house (gulp!) and — no matter how many side dishes your mom volunteers to bring — Thanksgiving depends on you. It’s okay, though. You can wow everyone with a delicious, simple-but-impressive quick Thanksgiving dinner, and you can do it in five hours.
There are plenty of common, time-consuming traps that are easily avoided. You’ll want to safely thaw your turkey ahead of time, of course, rather than attacking it with a blowtorch an hour before your guests arrive. Sitting down sometime soon (how about now?) and creating a timeline for the big event is a good idea, too. And don’t confuse “complicated” with “delicious." There are tons of great, no-stress recipes that you can freeze, make the day before, or create with just a few ingredients. Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday, a time when your family, friends, or a combination of both gather round to eat and hang out without the pressure of a present exchange. Embrace it — and make it as easy as possible so you can enjoy it, too.