Thanksgiving: 5 things you didn’t know
Before you sit down for your festive feast this Thanksgiving, amaze your guests with some fun turkey trivia. Here’s 5 things you probably didn’t know about Thanksgiving.
On the off chance you haven't heard, Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year. Luckily, there are plenty of spots offering full meals for takeout so you can stress less and focus more on eating – and spending time with family, of course.
Boston Market is a good choice for those expecting a larger group.
The nationwide rotisserie chain offers a heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meal. The complete meal includes enough to feed a hungry (small) hoard with one whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable stuffing and rolls as well as a spinach and artichoke dip — complete with a cracker appetizer — and a cranberry walnut relish and two classic desserts: a pumpkin pie and an apple pie.
The meals are available while supplies last and can be delivered or held for pick-up.
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Whole Foods has a broad range of holiday meal options to fit any size from the single eater to couples to families from a single household.
All of the options include a classic roasted turkey (though there is a fully vegan meal available for two), as well as other traditional fixings like stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans seasoned with crispy garlic and parsley. The larger packages have more bells and whistles like rolls, pies and even a brown sugar spiral-cut ham for the non-turkey lovers.
You can choose from the standard packages, or if you’re feeling really picky, you can build your own holiday basket from scratch.
Meals can be reserved online and are available for pickup in-store.
Cracker Barrel’s classic country-style cooking can be brought home for the holidays – and made in only two hours.
The chain serves a special Turkey Day Kit for up to 10 people that can be heated and served in two hours or less and includes two oven-roasted boneless turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, rolls, turkey gravy and three sides.
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But if you don't want to put in the work, Cracker Barrel has a fully prepared gut-busting holiday feast available for pick-up, which has all the of Thanksgiving staples you would expect, like roasted turkey breast, gravy, mashed potatoes, yeasty rolls, as well as a generous collection of sides: sweet potato casserole, hashbrown casserole, cornbread stuffing and corn and carrots just to name a few. Plus, the dessert comes in threes – pecan pie, pumpkin pie and fried apples.
Give them a 24-hour heads-up if ordering the grab-and-go option.
Available while supplies last.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
This family-style chain known for Italian fare and checkered tablecloths is a solid option for Thanksgiving catering, and offers both to-go meals for small groups and “large” groups up to six.
The menu is sparse, but filling, serving up sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, spicy sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The options for the Thanksgiving to-go meal serve a modest three people or six people, while the Thanksgiving Feast catering can be ordered as a half pan, serving 10.
Meals start at $68.99 and are available for pick-up Nov. 25 and 26 only.
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Bonus Box: HelloFresh Thanksgiving Day Box
The popular meal kit service has a Thanksgiving Box – and you don’t need a HelloFresh subscription to order it.
Though you will have to cook your own meal, it comes with everything needed to create a drama-free Thanksgiving feast like cranberry sauce with orange, ginger and cinnamon, and garlic mashed potatoes with crispy fried sage. However, turkey lovers will have to find another option as the only box still available features beef tenderloin instead of the classic bird.
The box serves eight to 10 people and is available for a limited time.
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