Thanksgiving Dishes You Should Just Buy

Since preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful and time-consuming, you can save yourself a lot of headaches by using certain grocery store-bought, ready-made items to make your life easier. Here are a few to grab for your Turkey Day feast this year.

  • Appetizers – from potato skins, mozzarella sticks, shrimp cocktail and other frozen appetizers there are a lot of choices that will save you time and all you need is a microwave for many of them
  • Apple Pie – instead of making the crust, peeling and cutting apples and baking the pie correctly your better option is to buy a pie from your neighborhood bakery. They would love the support.
  • Corn – just buy a microwavable bag that is already buttered to save time
  • Cornbread – get a box of cornbread mix to shortcut money AND time
  • Cranberry sauce – most people prefer the canned variety, so go that route for this one
  • Glazed ham – store-bought is the way to go with ham
  • Gravy – buy this premade to save yourself stress and time
  • Rolls – quick brown-and-serve rolls taste good and are much easier than baking your own
  • Salad – don’t worry about chopping vegetables on Thanksgiving—get a premade salad from your local grocer

You can find all these things at your local Raley’s or Smart & Final. If you’re trying to avoid grocery stores, they both offer delivery (Smart & Final delivery is handled via Instacart). Happy food-prep!