Oh, you don’t want to spend two days prepping Thanksgiving dinner and another whole day cooking it...followed by another 24 hours of cleaning? To be honest, we can think of many things we’d rather do—like saving our energy for Black Friday shopping. But unfortunately, like much of the year, we'll all likely be celebrating Turkey Day at home with our immediate family in the same spot we've been for the last seven months. And to top it off, this might mean that Aunt Beth's famous mashed potatoes and grandpa's much requested apple crisp won't be part of the spread this year. That doesn't mean Thanksgiving is cancelled. Actually, far from it. We'll just have to pull out all the stops to make it feel truly special.
How do we do that aside from creating a time machine to blast us to non-pandemic times? With help from these 12 meal-delivery options. From a full spread (turkey included) or an option to receive just the sides—plus a few vegan options—these websites make it extremely easy to order a Thanksgiving dinner that requires little effort on your behalf. All you have to do is sit back, relax and stuff your face.
Martha and Marley Spoon
Last year, Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving meal delivery kit came with all the ingredients to make up to four different side dishes—all you had to do was supply the Turkey. Zero menu planning, zero shopping and you still got to serve up cheesy sausage stuffing, roasted root vegetables with brown butter, herbs and almonds, and spiced apple oat crisp for just $50 to $120 depending on what you ordered. Sounds divine—we mean she is Martha Stewart, after all.
So, you want full control over your Thanksgiving menu, even if you’re not actually cooking it? We totally get it—and so does this food delivery service. We use Fresh Direct weekly for our produce fix, but we’ll also be ordering our whole Thanksgiving dinner from their site. Choose everything from appetizers and sides to mains and dessert (yes, including kid-friendly chicken fingers), all completely prepared. Just heat and serve. (Psst, this one only delivers in select areas of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and D.C., find more info here).
Whole Foods and Amazon
Even the most prepared chefs can miss a few ingredients in the shuffle. If you prefer to make your holiday dinner at home, but accidentally forgot the bacon for that Brussels sprouts side, just order it via Whole Foods on Amazon and it could be at your doorstep in two hours flat. Actually, just order everything on Amazon and save yourself the grocery store rush while you’re at it.
Love a home-cooked meal but hate standing over a hot stove all day? Last Thanksgiving, Home Chef made all of its sides available as express meals, so they only take a few minutes to put together. As for the menu? It consisted of an oven-ready Thanksgiving turkey breast roast, and three optional sides: mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, classic stuffing and mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole with creamed corn, which fed up to six people (with enough for leftovers).
While it may be hard to imagine, turkey isn’t the number one meat choice for everyone on Thanksgiving. And when you sign up for Butcher Box, you get a choice of three different meats, plus a free 10- to 14- lb. turkey in your first box. Not going to cook it all right away? Freeze it to use for the upcoming holiday season.
Harry & David
Enjoy all the delicious home-cooked food with none of the stress thanks to Harry & David’s gourmet turkey feast. And feast you will, thanks to the massive menu of mains, sides and dessert. Last year's included a 10- lb. ready-to-heat oven-roasted turkey, apple sausage stuffing, Parmesan creamed spinach, brown sugar sweet potatoes, New York-style pumpkin layered cheesecake, classic turkey gravy and cranberry relish with orange zest. OK, we’re already hungry.
That’s right—Omaha Steaks doesn’t just serve steaks. Turkeys are fair game, too (sorry, had to). If you’re responsible for multiple people with differing tastes, opt for this meat delivery service, which offers several poultry options and even ham. Last year, the retailer added sides to its selection like roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.
If you’re a purist who loves nothing more than a classic spread, Williams Sonoma’s assortment—turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie—is the way to go. Bonus: Its turkeys are free range. Double bonus: Grab some serveware for an IG-worthy presentation.
From Cajun fried whole turkeys to a whole smoked turkey breast with all the fixings, this site delivers quality, just-like-home-cooked food without the guesswork. Just heat the turkey in the oven for 60 to 75 minutes before serving and everyone will think you tediously tended to the bird all morning.
Calling all vegans: You don't have to restrict yourself to a few lame side dishes this Thanksgiving. Last year, Purple Carrot, the vegan food subscription box, offered a one-time plant-based Thanksgiving dinner for just $65—no subscription required. Even non-vegans enjoyed the menu featuring things like hasselback butternut squash with cider glaze and rosemary pecan dukkah, rustic ciabatta stuffing with root vegetables and herb sausage, and cranberry citrus cake with coconut whip cream. Who needs turkey when you have all that?
In collaboration with Jessica Alba, HelloFresh's 2019 Thanksgiving dinner consisted of not one, but two different full spreads for eight to ten people. The first option offered a classic turkey dinner with sides (hello, garlic mashed potatoes) and an apple ginger crisp with cinnamon pecan crumble for dessert. The second option swapped out the turkey for a beef tenderloin and included just as many sides and the same delicious dessert. We wouldn't judge if you ordered both. Honestly, it's been a year and we're thinking about doing just that.
We're all pros at using Instacart these days, so it's a no-brainer to also place an order for Thanksgiving dinner, if you insist on cooking your own spread (hey, more power to ya). Haven't tried the grocery delivery service yet? Go to the website, enter your zip code and it will automatically populate with grocery stores closest to you. Just choose your go-to spot, select all your necessary ingredients and set a delivery window (usually within two hours). We highly suggest placing your order a few days in advance of Thanksgiving if you can, to avoid sold out items and the last-minute mad dash.
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