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Thanksgiving Meals and Desserts That Don’t Involve Cooking

Cooking is time consuming and the holidays are stressful. Avoid the hassle altogether by ordering a pre-prepared Thanksgiving meal or enjoying a turkey day feast at a 417-land restaurant.

By Blake Haynes

Nov 12 2021 at 8 a.m.

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Turkey Dinner and Everything In Between 

Black Market Smokehouse

603 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield , 417-831-5300

Confident about your side dish situation but fearful of over-cooking the star of the Thanksgiving show? Check out Black Market Smokehouse. This Springfield restaurant is selling 13-pound birds coated in a savory and sweet dry rub and smoked to tender perfection for $41.99 each. Call 417-831-5300 to order, and pick up in-store on November 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on November 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Dining by Design

904 N. Main St., Nixa,  417-886-4630

The team at Dining by Design, typically known for the decadent sweet desserts served by their sister company The Pie Box,  is offering quite the deal for this year’s Thanksgiving. For $99, you can order the “Thanksgiving Family Dinner.” Included in the dinner are an old fashioned coca-cola cherry jell-o salad, baked rolls with butter, sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, Southern cornbread stuffing, bacon wrapped green bean bundles, sweet potato soufflé, and caramel pumpkin pie with whipped cream. They are offering free delivery or pick up with curbside service November 23–25. There is limited availability, so get your order in fast. For more information call 417-866-4630 or email info@DBDGourmet.com

Homemade Delivered

1330 E. Cherry St., Springfield, 417-234-7456

Want both family and individual meal options to take to your friends and families’ homes? Homemade Delivered will get you all taken care of. They offer a $99 Thanksgiving Bundle that includes sage roasted turkey breast, brown buttered mashed potatoes, turkey stock gravy, roasted green beans, traditional sage dressing, mulled cranberry sauce, and a 6-pack of dinner rolls. This bundle will serve 3–4 people. You can also purchase individual soups, entrees, sides, desserts, and breads. These are at varying prices between $5–$28. You can either pick up your items or they will also deliver to your home.

Hy-Vee

1720 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-881-1950

With 16 holiday meals to choose from, Hy-Vee pre-prepared dinners are ideal for hosts catering to a large group, picky eaters or people with food allergies. Visit the website to select a main course meat like turkey, ham or prime rib, then customize your meal by choosing from a long list of side dishes and desserts. These cold dinners should be ordered online about two days in advance. Each order comes with detailed heating instructions, making this Thanksgiving meal option totally foolproof. Prices range from $21.99 to $269.99. Hy-Vee’s family meal bundles can serve eight or 12 people. 

Level 2 Steakhouse

200 E .Main St., Branson, 417-243-3433

This steakhouse, nestled inside Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, offers an upscale family style Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year's menu will include main options of smoked turkey, prime rib, and ham. The sides include sausage cornbread stuffing, candied yams, loaded mashed potatoes, and green beans and carrots. Finish off your filling meal with an array of dessert options. Choose from peanut butter mouse macarons, chocolate cake, lemon bars, classic pumpkin pie and more. The price is $70 per person, $35 for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and children 5 and under are free. Call Level 2 Steakhouse to make reservations.  

Lost Signal Brewing

610 W .College St., Springfield, 417-869-4755

Why worry about cooking a turkey yourself? Lost Signal has got you covered. This year, they are offering 50 smoked turkey orders. The turkeys are $4.99 per lb, and are available in either a 12 to 14 lb or 18 to 22 lb sizes. The last day to put your order in will be Friday, November 20, and there will be two pick up options. Either November 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or November 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Polymath Educational Cafe LLC

381 McNabb Rd., Marshfield, 417-468-2032

Are you searching for vegan Thanksgiving meal options? Look no further! Polymath Educational Cafe in Marshfield has a vegan meal for the price of $14.99. Pick up day will be Wednesday, November 25.

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Spiral ham or full roasted turkeys are the centerpieces of the meals you can order, and there are also plenty of traditional side options. 

Simply Delicious Catering

2340 W. Grand St., Springfield, 417-766-2946

Simply Delicious Market’s “Thanksgiving Feast” will be open for orders between November 16–25. They are offering ready-to-heat traditional meals with smoked turkey, citrus ham, and all of your favorite side dishes, including sausage and herb stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and honey garlic butter carrots. After you’re done with your main course, enjoy apple, pumpkin or pecan pie as well as red velvet, pumpkin and chocolate whoopie pies. Ordering can be accessed through Simply Delicious' Facebook page or Instagram. You can pick up your order Monday November 16 from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday November 17–19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday November 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday November 23 from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday November 24 from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m., and Wednesday November 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

The Finley

206 E. Elm St., Ozark, 417-582-1912

The Finley has the perfect takeout Thanksgiving package ready for you! Their menu includes a herb roasted turkey, roasted apple and sage stuffing with onion, mashed potatoes and classic giblet gravy along with other special sides. Top off your meal with pumpkin or pecan pie with fresh vanilla whipped cream. The meal feeds up to 6 people and is $180. Orders must be placed by November 21 and pick up will be on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Whipped Cream and Other Delights

608 W. Walnut Lawn St., Springfield, 417-920-5960

Whipped Cream and Other Delights’ vegetarian Thanksgiving menu is an amazing option for you, a couple or your family. You start by selecting the individual option, which serves 1–2 people, or the family option, which serves 4–6 people. Then pick your entree, choosing between either stuffed seitan roast or stuffed squash. You will also pick your pie, picking from their pecan, pumpkin, apple crumb, and chocolate creme options. The meal is also served with onion gravy and 6 delicious sides. The meal ranges between $25–$125. Additionally, you can add as many pies as you want for $20 each. Your order must be put in by November 22 at 11:59 p.m. Hurry fast, because they have a limited amount of spots. Pick up will be on November 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MaMa Jean’s Natural Market

3530 E Sunshine St, Springfield, 417-429-1800

Although MaMa Jean’s is closed on Thanksgiving, you can order their pre-made holiday dinner side dishes, like a farrow and mushroom stuffing, maple-chipotle sweet potatoes or roasted turnips and Brussels sprouts.

Costco

279 N Eastgate Ave, Springfield, 417-512-8939

Thanksgiving bundles at Costco include turkey breast, gravy and four sides all made in the deli.

Sam’s Club

3660 E  Sunshine St, Springfield, 417-882-4487

While you get a full turkey here too, the side offerings are a little different: creamed corn, creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes.

Queen City Soul Kitchen

2006 N Broadway Ave, Springfield, 417-379-8614

Place your special holiday pre-order with Queen City Soul Kitchen between November 15 and 25 for a oven-roasted or deep-fried turkey meal with your choice of three sides, dessert and dinner bread. 

Finley Farms 

802 Finley Farms Ln, Ozark, 417-210-6644

The Ozark Mill at Finley Farms is the perfect spot for a farm-fresh Thanksgiving buffet with a well-balanced mix of both traditional and unexpected sides. 

Progress

2144 E Republic Rd B-101, Springfield, 417-799-9388

Progress Thanksgiving dinner boxes feed 4-6 people a delicious 6-course meal with instructions for serving and reheating to ensure your family is satisfied with this unique meal including confit carrots and wild rice. 

Don't Forget Dessert!

B+B Boulangerie

607 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-315-8602
If you’re looking for scrumptious pies, fresh baked breads, cornbread and pumpkin rolls, B+B Boulangerie will take great care of you. Their pie options this year are maple bourbon pecan, classic pumpkin, Ozark apple, honey-thyme apple, traditional cherry and chocolate chip cookie. All regular sized pies are $20, while the petite sized pies are $10. Add to your Thanksgiving meal with festive holiday rolls, wild rice and onion bread, maple granola bread or a great pumpkin brioche. They’ve also got cheesy cornbread—a perfect blend of salty, sweet, corny and cheesy. If you want to add something special to your meal, order the fall leaves pumpkin roll. It’s hand painted leaves on pumpkin chiffon cake filled with salted caramel and maple-bourbon French buttercream. Pick up for your special sweets are Tuesday, November 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, November 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

Common Grounds Coffee & Cafe

100 E .Pine St., Strafford, 417-736-0035
Debbie Rich of Allie Mae’s Bakery is baking your favorite holiday pies and warm dinner rolls. The pie options are apple, pumpkin, and cherry, each at price of $19.99. There is also a frozen apple pie available for $18.99. Dinner rolls are $6.99 a dozen. The ordering link will go live on Monday, November 2 and stay open until Wednesday, November 18. Pick up will be available November 23–25 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Prairie Pie

307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield417-459-8222
Indulge in your favorite Thanksgiving pies, by ordering through Prairie Pie. They have six options to choose from and all you have to do is order online and pick up at their new downtown location. The pie options they provide are sweet potato pumpkin pie, caramel apple pie, honey custard with sea salt, chocolate pecan pie, cinnamon buttermilk pie, and pecan pie. All six pies are the same rate of $25. 

Thanksgiving Safety from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department

If you are planning to have some kind of event or get-together this Thanksgiving, it’s important to think hard about safety and do some careful planning. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department recently sent a press release about its new guidance for Thanksgiving to keep everyone healthy for the holidays. Some of the key takeaways from the new guidance are:

Hold a smaller event and hold it outdoors, if possible
Avoid contact with family or friends who you know are or have been sick
Remember to wash your hands and regularly use hand sanitizer
Wear a mask when out and around other people.

To see the full guidelines, which also includes a risk assessment quiz and links to more detailed information, head to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department page on Thanksgiving safety.


Editor's Note: This page was last updated with new information November 9, 2021 and will continue to be updated as additional Thanksgiving meal options are found.