Turkey Day: Ready Made?

By: Sarah Platt
By: Sarah Platt

One of the biggest eating holidays of the year is just around the corner. Of course, we're talking about Thanksgiving! With many people working longer hours these days, more families are looking for ready-made holiday dish options.

So how do you manage to have a great meal, but still make quality time with your family and friends? Some people seem to have the art mastered, but others are looking for help!

In just over a week, chances are it might be a bit of a mad house at your local grocery store. And in today's fast-paced world, many folks are choosing more pre-made options for Thanksgiving dinner.

“Most people are working all day and if they're not working, they're working at home. Cleaning the house is a job in itself, let alone trying to prepare all the meals,” says Lu Ann Vandalsen of South Bend’s Heavenly Ham.

From meat, to green bean casseroles, and carrot cake, Heavenly Ham offers many choices. “Our family is so large, I try to go the simplest way, I have three kids,” says South Bend resident Anita Zachary.

These days you can essentially make that thanksgiving meal by design, going as basic as the turkey or ham, get the extra sides, or have family and friends bring their traditional dish. “What's nice about the packages we have in our store is it's not set. You don't have to get what we have in the colored pictures. You can say ‘I want all sweet potatoes, I want all different ones’, what your family likes, that's what's important to us,” adds Vandalsen.

Martin's Grocery Stores are also offering made from scratch holiday dishes. “They've all been tested true, had lots of opinions, lots of cutting to make sure what we're putting out there is the best quality product out there, “says Martin’s Executive Chef Scott Rossen.

But despite the ready-made options, others say they're still going homemade. “We’re doing completely homemade, like we’ve done in the past. Like my mother taught me and hopefully I’ll teach my kids to do,” says Sally Potts of Granger.

To make sure you have everything you want for turkey day, Martin's and Heavenly Ham offer this advice: get your head count down and your orders in!


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