Organizing Your Holiday Grocery List

December is here, as is the holiday season, and I’m sure you have a lot on your plate. Literally. Whether you’re preparing for a feast in your own home or bringing a dish to pass, holiday planning can get stressful if you’re not organized.  There’s nothing more stressful than returning home from the grocery store to cook and realizing that you’ve forgotten a few things.

Today I have a few tips for you to get organized for your holiday grocery shopping and some essentials that you should absolutely add to your holiday shopping list.

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Let’s start with the essentials: ham or turkey. The centerpiece of your holiday meal, you’ll want to leave enough time for this staple to thaw before the holiday if you purchased it frozen. Once you’re ready to cook your feast on Christmas morning, you’ll need the proper seasonings. I tend to turn to Litehouse Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend as an all-in-one seasoning blend. Be sure to add this to your grocery list because without it you’ll be scrambling to find the perfect seasoning combination.

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How about the sides? Green beans, dinner rolls and a festive winter salad topped with beets and Litehouse Gorgonzola Crumbles will be sure to please your guests. Litehouse White Balsamic is a nice way to top this salad for a crisp, wintery flavor. And don’t forget about the potatoes! And finally, who could forget about dessert? My favorite is apple pie but how about trying a Caramel Apple Crisp this year topped with Litehouse Butterscotch Caramel Dip. Other non-traditional desserts can include fruit and cheese platters. I suggest a combination of pears, cranberries, blue cheese and hard cheeses served with a side of dark chocolate.

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Before I head to the grocery story I like to make a list.  I learned quickly that categorizing your list can help you rest assured that you’ve covered everything that you’ll need to get and not forget anything from a particular department. I like to create my list in the order that I’ll be walking around the store: produce, dry goods, frozen, dairy/cold, meats. This way I can walk freely through the store and not forget anything. Start by gathering all of the recipes that you’ll be cooking in one place.  While creating your list be sure to check your stash at home so that you’re not purchasing something you already have on hand. I tend to overlook spices so I always check that section twice. And finally, group items on your list together so that you don’t have 4 listings for butter. So there you have it! Holiday grocery shopping can be a lot less stressful if you get organized and be sure to pick up the essentials like herb blends, cheese and dessert toppings. You’ll spend a lot less time stressing about missing ingredients and sending someone to the grocery store for you every 5 minutes on Christmas Day. You might even have time to relax!

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