Stress Free Thanksgiving: Meals to Go, Recipes & Tips

By: Amber Ogden | November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and if you’re hosting the big meal this year, that means you might be starting to panic. Fear not, as you can still host Thanksgiving for a crowd and keep your cool!

If your pie crust falls flat, or you find yourself in a frenzy over your lumpy mashed potatoes, don’t fret. You can order part of your Thanksgiving dinner (or the whole shebang) from several local restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals to go. Consider one of the following:

Picano’s

Located in Troy, Picano’s is offering two different Thanksgiving to Go packages, complete with enough turkey and fixin’s for 10 to 15 or 15 to 20 guests. The deadline to order is today, so call as soon as possible!

M-Brew

Ferndale’s café is known for its growlers, but you can take home an entire Brew-acopia Feast that requires little to no effort on your part. Dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce can also be ordered individually by the pound. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 23.

Additional restaurants in the area offering Thanksgiving meals to go include River Crab of St. Clair and Thomas’s Dining in Livonia. The deadline for orders at both is Monday, Nov. 23.

If you’re insistent on cooking everything yourself, try to keep things simple. These recipes for Apple, Cranberry and Pecan StuffingChef John’s Pumpkin Pie and Marbled Mashed Sweet Potatoes are all guaranteed crowd pleasers, but won’t cause you to spend hours in the kitchen.

To help keep things as stress free as possible, consider preparing any side dishes and desserts ahead of time. You’ll be too worried about over or undercooking the bird the day of anyways, and if you’re cooking for a large crowd, it’s likely there won’t be much extra room in your oven for sides. Get them ready on Wednesday!

Also, consider asking everyone attending your Thanksgiving dinner to bring a side dish, dessert or bottle of wine. If you’re feeling flustered, this will take some pressure off, and will make everyone else feel like they’re contributing at the same time. Win-win.

Just remember, Thanksgiving is all about family and gratitude, so if your pie crust burns or your gravy is thin, it’s not the end of the world. Happy Thanksgiving!