By Leslie Kelly
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Making the Thanksgiving meal is a huge project, no matter how you slice it, but don't forget about feeding friends and fam early in the day. Here's a strategy for getting folks fed without taking up too much space in the kitchen or in your guest's tummies.

Top-Rated Make-Ahead Brunch Hits

You've got a lot to do, day of, so make it easy on yourself by prepping brunch the night before. Some of these greatest hits are perfect for a serve-yourself kind of set up. They're filling but not so over-the-top that everyone lapses into a food coma. More likely they'll be fueled up enough to help out with the cooking duties.

Photo by Melissa Goff

Superstar Snacking

That gap between brunch/breakfast and the main event can be challenging. You definitely don't want to fill up, but nobody wants to deal with a case of the hangries either. Dips and spreads are a genius way to stave off an empty stomach, especially when these savory snacks are scooped up with assorted veggies. Pro tip: Sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds on top of hummus for extra protein.

Sweet Potato Hummus | Photo by Meredith

More: Watch this short video on how to make oven-baked Pita Chips

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