9 delivery services for your Thanksgiving dinner

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5 Thanksgiving Hacks , to Make Your Life Easier. Using these items, your holiday can run smoothly and stress-free. . 1. A cooler. A cooler can help to free up space in the fridge. You can also brine your turkey in one, or line it with foil and use it as a warming drawer. 2. Aluminum foil. If you don't have a wire rack, you can roll aluminum foil into coils to hold your bird up, allowing even heat circulation. 3. Slow cooker. A slow cooker is great for keeping mashed potatoes warm while the rest of your stove is occupied. 4. A thermos. A thermos can save you space on the stove. Keep your gravy hot in it until it's time to eat. and decant in a gravy boat moments before serving. 5. Chicken broth. If your bird is overcooked or cooled past room temp, a drizzle of warm chicken broth can liven (and moisten) the turkey right up!

Order soon for a vegetarian, vegan or traditional holiday meal

Families who celebrated Thanksgiving via Zoom last year will likely gather in person soon to spend the holiday together.

If that sounds like you, and you’d rather spend your time with loved ones than in the kitchen, ordering your food through a meal delivery service might be just what you’re looking for.

These services range from traditional fare to vegan dishes, and some will deliver precooked meals that just need to be heated up.

According to People magazine, the nine best services for Thanksgiving this year are:

Sunbasket: for healthy recipes

Sunbasket’s menu includes salmon, sun-dried tomatoes and kale, rosemary-roasted carrots and more. For subscribers, these dishes can be found on the menu for Nov. 21 if you click “Holiday” on the left side of the screen. For nonmembers, the Thanksgiving menu items are also available through the Sunbasket Instacart storefront. Prices range from $24.99 to $78.99.

HelloFresh: for traditional dishes

HelloFresh has two options for your Thanksgiving meal.

The Turkey + Sides Box includes a roast turkey with garlic-herb butter and gravy, mashed potatoes, ciabatta stuffing, roasted delicata squash, cranberry sauce with orange and cinnamon and an apple ginger crisp for dessert. This box serves eight to 10 people and costs $169.89, plus $19.89 if you add the optional cranberry brie crostini appetizer. If you don’t like turkey, try the Beef Tenderloin + Sides Box for $134.95 that comes with the same sides, minus cranberry sauce, but with the addition of a peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin with sherry thyme jus and beef gravy. This box is perfect for small groups and will feed four to six people. Preorders are available through November 18.

Home Chef: for your side dishes

If you like your turkey recipe but need help with your sides, check out Home Chef’s menu.

Choose from brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and maple bacon glaze, cheddar cornbread with jalapeno popper schmear, and roasted sweet potatoes and apples with poached cranberries and pecans. Or maybe loaded mashed potatoes are more to your taste. Menu items start at $49.95 and feed six people. Preorders began October 15, so don’t be surprised if some items are sold out.

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Hickory Farms: for the turkey

If your situation is the opposite of above, Hickory Farms will ship you a 14-16 pound bird that will feed eight-12 people for $79.99. For $185, that turkey will be delivered with brown sugar sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and apple and sausage stuffing, as well as a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake.

Blue Apron: for a vegetarian meal

Blue Apron’s vegetarian kit includes a butternut squash and spinach risotto, four-cheese and truffle honey flatbread, roasted sweet potatoes with walnuts, sage and brown butter and a flourless chocolate cake with candied pumpkin seeds and whipped cream. You’ll need to order this kit, which sells for $67.93, by noon November 16 to ensure delivery by November 23. For non-vegetarians, there are also traditional Thanksgiving meal kits with all the classic dressings like turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Purple Carrot: for a vegan Thanksgiving

Vegans haven’t been left out of the holiday’s yummies. Purple Carrot members can order a plant-based meal for four people that includes quinoa-stuffed delicata squash, cranberry sauce, ciabatta stuffing, a pear cranberry crisp for dessert and more. Each box costs $75 and should be ordered by November 16 to ensure it’s delivered on time.

Harry & David: for cocktails

Let’s be honest ... some of you will need a drink to deal with certain family members. Harry & David’s cocktail mixes can come in handy. Order the entertainer’s cocktail mix trio, a bloody mary drink mix and a Moscow mule kit to give your family and friends options. You can also keep it simple with an assortment of wines that can be delivered.

Goldbelly: for your desserts

Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Goldbelly offers desserts from throughout the country, so you can find sweets to satisfy everyone’s tooth. Cookies, pies, cakes — and PieCaken — are all available in pretty much any flavor you want. Prices range from $29 to $189.

Williams Sonoma: for Friendsgiving

Being far from home doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people you love. A potluck Friendsgiving is a great way to eat well without having to prepare the entire meal yourself. Entrees, sides and desserts can be bought individually. Prices range from $16.95 to $99.95, and delivery dates depend on what you order.

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