How to plan your next meal for Thanksgiving, from the grocery store to the restaurant

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It’s that time of year again, and it’s the perfect time to plan what you want for your next Thanksgiving meal.

From the grocery stores to the restaurants, here are some suggestions.

First, what you need to know before you even think about it.

This week, our host, chef and nutritionist, Mels Kitchen, has you covered.

Mels is a regular at the Gold Kitchen, a gold-standard restaurant in Sydney’s west, and she also works as a nutritionist for Sydney’s Gold Coast and Melbourne.

Here she shares her top tips for planning your Thanksgiving meal: *Make sure you have all the ingredients and utensils you need at home.

“I always put the food on the kitchen table first so that I can prepare it when I’m out of town,” Mels says.

“If it’s something like a turkey, it needs to be ready to eat in a few minutes.

But if it’s a vegetarian dish, it’ll take a few hours.”

*Be careful with the ingredients you buy.

“Always be very careful with what you buy,” Mles advises.

“Some ingredients are very expensive, and some are easy to make.

You have to be careful with where you buy it.”

*Buy organic and organic-friendly ingredients.

“There are some food-grade items you can buy that are more expensive, like flour and sugar, and those are probably not the best choices for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding,” she says.

*Buy meat in bulk.

“Meat is a lot cheaper than produce,” she warns.

*Make your own cranberry sauce.

“Try making your own fresh cranberry paste and adding a little cinnamon to it,” she advises.

*Cook a quick and easy dinner.

“When you get home from work, you can prepare your meal and prepare your ingredients for your meal,” Mocks says.

You can also try a simple, quick recipe like a rice and beans bowl or soup.

Mles recommends the chicken and turkey gravy, with some extra spices and herbs, is a great way to start.

For a quick dinner, Mls recommends a salad bowl with some of the vegetables for a quick meal.

*Go vegetarian if you can.

“Make sure the vegetables are very fresh,” she explains.

“It helps them digest more quickly.”

*Don’t go for a fast-food option.

“Instead, try to go with a quick, easy dinner that you can eat in under 30 minutes,” she suggests.

*Look for seasonal items.

“Look for things that have been in season for a while,” Mls says.

For example, she recommends the roasted potatoes and the pumpkin salad.

*Find a local grocery store.

“You can get everything you need online,” she recommends.

*Check out the local foodie community.

“People will always be interested in what’s on sale,” she notes.

“They’ll be happy to share their recipes and tips with you.”

*Make a list of all the items you need.

“Put them in a shopping list and ask around if they can help you with what’s in stock,” she adds.

*Use the internet to find local stores.

“For a quick snack, you might look at local stores like Coles, Woolworths, Lidl or A&P,” she encourages.

*Get in touch with a local restaurant.

“Ask around to find out if there’s a good place in the area that will serve you,” she points out.

*Shop online and avoid online retailers.

“The reason it’s so important to buy locally is because the products you buy are the ones you’ll want to eat with,” she shares.

“Even if you’re going to the supermarket, look for places where you can get the freshest ingredients and try out their menu before you go.”

*Keep a list on your phone.

“Use the app ‘Planning for a Healthy Thanksgiving’ to keep a list in your phone for your turkey, pumpkin and cranberry dishes,” Mells says.

To check out all the tips Mels shares, you’re welcome to visit her blog.

If you’re feeling adventurous and can’t go to the grocery, there are also a lot of other great tips and resources available.

“Don’t worry about the grocery bill,” she tells

“But when you’re planning a meal, make sure you’re eating healthy and healthy-friendly things like fruits and vegetables and healthy fats.”

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