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8 Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinner Takeout Options for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Would you rather spend time with your family than spend time in the kitchen this holiday season? Here are 8 Christmas dinner takeout ideas

Published on: November 17, 2015

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Have a seat and enjoy your guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen this holiday season! If you want the cooking done for you, but prefer eating in the comfort of your own home, there are plenty of options for purchasing pre cooked, complete dinners. Choose a reheatable vegan dinner from Whole Foods, smoked turkey from Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ, free-range Diestel turkey from PCC, herb brined turkey breast from Home Remedy, a turkey or ham feast from Marie Callender's or a free-range turkey from Metropolitan Market. Or, have pre portioned ingredients plus recipes delivered to your door from Blue Apron or ACME Farms + Kitchen. But don’t wait until Turkey Day to place your order, because these dinners go fast!  

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1. Whole Foods

Complete organic turkey dinner

Whole Foods offers many pre-cooked holiday dinner options. The complete organic turkey dinner for eight includes: Fully cooked organic Diestel turkey, fresh green beans with shallots and herbs, savory herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, classic cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and a traditional pumpkin pie. Diestel turkeys are range raised on an all vegetarian diet in the Sierra foothills. Holiday dinners are available with all-natural, organic or smoked Diestel turkeys. You can also order complete dinners including prime rib or spiral cut ham. You can even order gluten-free, vegan or paleo dinners! Reviews were good overall, and one reviewer said her guests liked the vegan ”roast” even better than the turkey!

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2. PCC

Various meats and sides

PCC is offering fully cooked holiday meals this year with a twist. First order your pre-cooked Diestel turkey, spiral cut ham or rib roast through the meat department, then browse the deli aisles to pick your sides which are prepackaged in a variety of sizes. Choose from traditional fare or newer menu items such as chorizo apple cornbread dressing or wild mushroom and kale gratin, hazelnut gremolata green beans, and others. Pescatarians will delight in the special order salmon and halibut fillets. Be sure and browse other specialty meats on the website. PCC gets 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp in general, and reviewers rave about their pre-made food items.

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3. Marie Callender's

Precooked holiday feasts

Everyone loves Marie Calendars for the pie, but they also serve up a precooked holiday meals. Choose from five feasts: Turkey breast feast, whole turkey feast, ham and turkey breast feast, ultimate whole turkey feast, and ultimate whole turkey and whole ham feast. These are served up with traditional trimmings including: apple-sage stuffing, fire-roasted yams (with cranberry streusel topping), cranberry sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, chef's vegetables, fresh-baked cornbread, whole pumpkin or apple pie and Marie's house blend coffee.

What a deal! And don’t forget to pick up an extra pie from the selection of 30 different varieties.

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4. ACME Farms + Kitchen

Thanksgiving boxes, brunch boxes and more

ACME Farms + Kitchen delivers boxes of locally sourced ingredients and recipes for you to cook healthy meals and is also offering a variety of holiday boxes. Reviewers rate ACME highly for taste and ease of recipe preparation. In addition to Thanksgiving boxes they offer a fun brunch box to help you feed your out-of-town guests! The Brunch Box includes: Lummi Island wild lox, pasture raised eggs, golden glen crème fraiche, raven breads, granola, bitter baker scones, flying bird botanicals, Irish breakfast tea, Hammerhead Coffee, Bow Hill blueberry ham, Samish Bay yogurt, Vincent Family Farm dried cranberries, Crown S. Ranch breakfast sausage, Bagelry bagels, house-made bloody mary mixer + garnishes. Check out the Entertaining Box to wow at your next cocktail party or even a cookie decorating kit!

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5. Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ

A southern twist on Thanksgiving

If barbecue is more your style then check out Smokin’ Pete’s complete turkey dinners. You get a whole, smoked turkey, four sides and a pie. Sides include southern staples such as collard greens, sweet potato cornbread muffins and even mac ‘n’ cheese among other fun choices! You can also get a smoked ham, duck, prime rib or brisket, but order soon, because these go fast! Reviewers say that this place proves a woman can compete in the BBQ world, and that the fare here rivals what can be found in Texas.

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6. Blue Apron

Pre-portioned ingredients, step-by-step

Blue Apron, a company that delivers yummy ingredients in a refrigerated box to your doorstep, has a Thanksgiving menu. The ingredients are pre-portioned and step-by-step recipes are included, which make it a snap to cook up a feast! For the family plan, choose from roasted cornish game hen with rosemary baguette stuffing, spiced salmon and cranberry chutney with parsnip, sweet potato and clementine saute, and several other unusual options.

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7. Metropolitan Market

Holiday options for Thanksgiving and beyond

At the deli in metropolitan market, you can pick up a fully cooked reheatable holiday feast. Reviewers on Yelp consistently rate this market 4 out of 5 stars for freshness, taste and great customer service.

The complete turkey dinner includes: A fully-cooked, whole, all natural free-range oven roasted turkey (10-12 lbs), gravy, cranberry sauce with orange zest, yukon gold garlic mashed potatoes, french green beans and carrots with garlic butter, savory sage stuffing, 8 brioche dinner rolls and a traditional pumpkin pie. All for $142.99. You can also choose from a set of sides or a turkey breast dinner. After November 27th, they will add on a prime rib dinner, half ham dinner and a complete holiday brunch.

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8. Home Remedy

A full holiday dinner, to-go

Pick up a complete Thanksgiving dinner to-go at Home Remedy. Dinner includes a herb-brined, oven-roasted turkey breast, buttery yukon gold mashed potatoes, Tom’s Northwest mushroom stuffing, cranberry relish , brussel sprouts and Dahlia bakery roll for $40 per person. Order your pies and bread separately, and take advantage of special wine and beer pairings that are 15 percent off with every Thanksgiving order. Yum! 

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