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Meal Delivery Services to Keep On Standby in Case Your Turducken Explodes

Kat Giuffrida
ByKat GiuffridaNov 11, 2021

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Many of us have experienced the absolute horror of having to host the entire family for Thanksgiving or Christmas only to wake up to find our days-long feast thoroughly torched or a complete soggy mess. We spent countless hours carefully crafting our family's favorite meals just to find our work completely ruined from simply forgetting to turn down our cooker to simmer or accidentally leaving our meals to sit for just an hour too long. While most people would run up to the nearest grocery store for an emergency food run or call up their local restaurant for additional help, sometimes these plans may be completely foiled due to masses of crowds experiencing similar scenarios and already running these stores out of stock.

In situations like these, it may be quite helpful to keep a meal-delivery service on hand and order a handful of meals a week or two ahead of time just in case your meal prep turns into an absolute disaster. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite home meal delivery services that can be relied upon for times like these. Many of these services offer holiday-themed feasts that come with everything you need whereas others simply provide single ingredients or more traditional meals that you can pair together with practically any side dish.

Best Holiday Meal Delivery Services

1. Blue Apron

Blue Apron Thanksgiving meals

About the Subscription: Blue Apron is one of the most popular at-home meal delivery subscriptions available today. While it's best known for its recipe-based meals that come with pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, Blue Apron also happens to offer an amazing holiday meal kit option. Its most popular Thanksgiving meal kit is the Classic Thanksgiving Meal Kit for 6-8 which comes with the following items: butter roasted turkey breast, garlic & herb gravy, cranberry sauce with ginger & spicy maple syrup, roasted brussels sprouts with fried rosemary & pumpkin seeds, brown butter & fontina mashed potatoes with romano cheese & chives, and apple crumb pie.

Blue Apron also offers a Thanksgiving Premium Kit for either 2-4 or 4-6 people that come with meals such as roasted half chicken & herb gravy with brown butter mashed potatoes & ginger-glazed carrots, seared scallops & walnut-thyme breadcrumbs with butternut squash, brussels sprouts & pear, truffle & parmesan knots with chives, and flourless chocolate cake with candied pumpkin seeds & whipped cream. There's even a vegetarian version of this meal kit option that replaces the chicken or scallops with its roasted sweet potatoes with walnuts, sage & brown butter.

Perhaps the best part of Blue Apron's Thanksgiving meal kits is that you don't have to sign up for an actual subscription to order them! Just go online to Blue Apron's market, select the Thanksgiving meals you want to order, and go straight to check out minus the commitment to a recurring subscription. You can even add on holiday wines, spices, and more to ensure that your family meal is fully equipped with something for everyone.

The Cost: Starts at $67.93 for the Thanksgiving Vegetarian Kit for 2-4. Prices range up to $119.90 for the Thanksgiving Premium Kit for 4-6. Order today!

What Our Readers Say:

"I got their special one off box for christmas dinner. I was amazing! I didn't need to run around getting food. It fed all 10 of us. And was so easy to make! Seriously, it was good food and saved me time. I will do it for Thanksgiving and Christmas next year! I got to enjoy my family and not slave around. It was awesome!" - Unicornkisses

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2. Goldbelly

Goldbelly Thanksgiving meal

About the Subscription: Goldbelly specializes in top chef-style meal kits with options ranging from Michelin-starred restaurant dinners for two to DIY desserts that the whole family can enjoy. Goldbelly also offers Thanksgiving-specific dishes including meats, side items, and luxury desserts that are bound to impress your guests. Its most popular Thanksgiving meal is the Thanksgiving Feast for 4-6 by ilili that comes with the following items: slow-roasted heritage turkey, stuffing grand-mere, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato, fig jam, pumpkin pie.

If you're looking for a less comprehensive package, Goldbelly also offers single meal items like Cajun Mild Deep Fried Turkey by Uncle Ray's Fried Turkeys, Small Turducken with Cajun Pork Cornbread Stuffing by Hebert's Specialty Meats, and Turkey Pot Pie by The Pie Hole. If you only need dessert then you can choose from options like Pumpkin Spice Dream Cake by Duff Goldman, Little Pie Fall Sampler by Little Pie Company, or Pumpkin Pie Holes by The Pie Hole.

The Cost: Starts at $39 for side items and ranges up to $299 for its Thanksgiving Feast meal kit. Order today!

What Our Reviewer Says:

"Overall, my experience with Goldbelly was amazing. The box shipped to my apartment in three days and the fact that you get two large pies is incredible. I love that they curated a pie with a unique twist – it was fun baking a pie in a paper bag and the taste was out of this world." - Marisa Haber

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3. Harry & David

Harry & David Thanksgiving Dinner

About the Subscription: Harry & David offers meals and gourmet gifts for practically every occasion possible. Its holiday collection is among the most popular for gift sets, centerpieces, and full-blown feasts. Harry & David seems to have the most Thanksgiving meal and drink options compared to practically all other meal subscription services and offers main courses, side dishes, desserts, wines, and pretty much anything else you may need for your day-long festivities. Its most popular Thanksgiving meal kit option is the Create Your Own Gourmet Turkey Feast that comes with a full roasted turkey and then the following items of your choice: 2 sides, 1 appetizer, 1 dessert. 1 garnish. You can select from meal items such as brown sugar sweet potatoes, three-cheese scalloped potatoes, black truffle and almond green beans, pumpkin cheesecake, and cranberry sauce, and gravy.

If you prefer to remove the hassle of having to pick your favorite items among its expansive list of options, you can instead opt for meal kits like the Wow Holiday Meal which comes with the following items: 10 lb ready-to-heat oven-roasted turkey, 7 lb 8 oz spiral-sliced ham with a honey glaze, apple sausage walnut stuffing, gruyère, and garlic red mashed potatoes, brown sugar sweet potatoes, creamy snap peas with bacon, zucchini and corn casserole, black truffle and almond green beans, classic turkey gravy, spiced cranberry chutney, signature cinnamon swirl, signature baklava, American-style apple pie.

The Cost: Starts at $39.99 for side items and ranges up to $399.99 for the Wow Holiday Meal. Order here!

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4. Paleo On The Go

Paleo On The Go Thanksgiving Dinner

About the Subscription: Looking for a paleo and autoimmune protocol-friendly meal delivery service this holiday season? Paleo On The Go has you covered! Believe it or not, this is one of the few Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) meal delivery service subscriptions that actually offer delicious, Thanksgiving-themed meal items that taste just like traditional dishes, minus major inflammatory ingredients. Paleo On The Go's main Thanksgiving meal kit option is the Thanksgiving Family Pack that comes with sweet and savory pork and biscuit stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, broccoli casserole, and cranberry-orange relish. You can also order individual items like pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving empanada.

The Cost: Starts at $6.00 for individual items and ranges up to $190.00 for the Thanksgiving Family Pack that feeds 4. Order today!

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $15 off your first box

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5. Butcher Box

Butcher Box turkey

About the Subscription: I realize that this isn't your typical Thanksgiving meal kit, but if you have all the sides and desserts you need and are just in search of an extra turkey to have on hand, then Butcher Box has exactly what you need. Butcher Box offers a 14-18 lbs free-range turkey that's completely free of preservatives and is bound to be one of the highest-quality, best-tasting turkeys you've ever had. You can also choose from other protein options including 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, pork raised crate-free, and wild-caught seafood in case your dinner crew gets turkeyed-out and craves another meat option to mix in with leftover stuffing or greens.

The Cost: Starts at $79 for a single turkey and ranges up to $288 for the Big Box of assorted proteins. Order today!

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! get 1 free pack of bacon in every order for the life of your membership. No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

"Love having a consistent supply of fresh clean meat and fish that I don't have to go searching around for. The sausages are good when they have them. We are only 2 people and it is easy to extend the delivery if we need to or get one sooner. Got last years turkey from them also. It was great." - Sara & Bob Armstrong

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Kat Giuffrida
Kat Giuffrida

Kathryn is a native of the sunshine state and currently resides with her husband in central Florida.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 as well as a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of South Florida in 2018. She also earned national certification in public health in 2018 from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Kathryn decided to start her career in regulatory compliance for a specialty chemical industry but soon found her way into the digital marketing world and hasn’t looked back ever since. She has contributed to websites including Muscle and Brawn, Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation, The Unwinder, and SHALE Magazine and is excited to continue her work at MSA.

Outside of work, she’s a year-round swimmer who qualified to compete in the 2020 TYR Pro Series and whenever she’s not behind the keyboard typing up new articles you can most likely find her in a pool.