Thanksgiving stress increases each year but we're not exactly sure why. Green bean casserole and sweet potatoes haven’t exactly evolved into more complex dishes over the years, yet somehow the holiday to-do list grows every season. More and more families are waving the white flag and ordering pre-cooked holiday meals from their favorite restaurants to cut back on arguments while enjoying great tasting meals. If you’re in the same boat this year, you have several options from which to pick:
This southern cafeteria-style joint is no longer limited to the senior citizen crowd. Luby’s has done a lot of revamping in the last several years and the holiday packages are no exception. Their online ordering system featuring a build-your-own-feast is easy and quick, just make sure you place your order 48 hours in advance. All meals come pre-cooked but require heating. Groups of 10-12 people can enjoy a whole turkey, ham or roasted prime rib for $49.99 to $75. Smaller groups can opt for meat by the pound for $8.99, which serves 2 to 3 people. Sides cost $8.99 per quart, with one quart estimated to feed 5 to 6 people. Trimmings like gravy and extras like dinner rolls range in price and quantity, with gravy priced at $4.99 per quart and a dozen dinner rolls priced at $3.99 per dozen. Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without dessert, and Luby’s offers pies starting at $15.99 each and whole cakes for $29.99 each.
Through Nov. 19, Boston Market customers can order a complete Thanksgiving meal and have it shipped to their doorstep. Be sure to include time for the meal to thaw, then heat and serve. A basic Thanksgiving meal featuring service for 12 runs $99.99, featuring a whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable stuffing and dinner rolls. Spend $20 more for spinach artichoke dip and crackers, cranberry walnut relish and two pies. You can also order a la carte if you’re craving such side dishes as sweet corn, sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese. If you’d rather not heat and serve, Boston Market offers Thanksgiving catering for a minimum of 10 people. Choose from a deluxe buffet for $11.99 per person or a premium buffet for $13.49 per person. Review the fine print for order minimums in AZ, CA, FL, TX and the greater NYC area.
The last day to get standard shipping rates is Nov. 13, with build-your-own Thanksgiving dinners serving 10 ($149.99), 6 ($69.99) or 4 ($49.99). Complete Thanksgiving dinners range in price from $69.99 for service for 4 people up to $170 for service up to 8 people, featuring a range of options for the main course and sides. Traditionalists will like the Omaha Steaks Complete Thanksgiving Dinner (service for 8) featuring a 10-lb whole basted turkey, smashed red potatoes, turkey gravy, green bean casserole, sage dressing and pumpkin pie for $170. If you’re looking for something a little different for a smaller party of 4, try the Turkey Roulade Feast for $79.99, featuring prosciutto-wrapped turkey roulade, smashed red potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey gravy and sticky toffee pudding cakes. Meat, sides and desserts can be ordered separately as well.
Traditional, home-cooked taste is a staple at Marie Callender’s. Their Thanksgiving meals serve 6 to 8 per feast. From the basic Turkey Breast Feast ($99.99) to the Ultimate Whole Turkey Feast ($119.99) to the Ultimate Whole Turkey and Ham Feast ($149.99), Marie Callender’s is reasonably priced and includes several sides and dessert with each package. More holiday sides may be purchased separately, or you can opt to order the main dish a la carte with prices ranging from $36.99 to $49.99. Each package is accompanied by a picture so you have a clear idea of what is being ordered. Allow 24 hours to process your online order and enjoy!
We all love the brown-sugary baked hams that have made the HoneyBaked Ham franchise a household name. But don’t stop at the meat; HoneyBaked Ham also offers holiday meal packages at reasonable prices. The Honey Baked Ham and Whole Turkey Dinner serves up to 18 and includes an 8-lb ham, 11-lb whole roasted turkey, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes with turkey gravy for $134.95. Those who don’t love ham will enjoy the Oven-Roasted Whole Turkey Dinner for $114.95, which serves up to 12 people and includes turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, orange walnut cranberries, sweet potato souffle and pecan pie for $114.95. Other packages include meat only, meat and dessert, and specialty sides like sweet potato puffs.