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Holiday Meals – Easier Alternatives

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Written on December 17th, 2020

As we all know, the lead up to Christmas can be an exciting but stressful time of the year. With the added stress of sending Christmas presents early, organizing virtual holiday dinners, and work/school/family life, preparing a holiday meal and finding the perfect recipes is not something we all want added to our plate right now.

To help you pull off this year’s holiday meals with as little stress as possible, I’ve compiled a list of local restaurants and businesses that are here to help by offering to-go options that will make Christmas 2020 one to remember. And for those superhumans that are planning on doing all of their own cooking this holiday season, we’ve also added in some of our favourite festive recipes – keep reading to find out what they are!

Served Catering

Whether you’re looking for a traditional Turkey Dinner cooked to perfection, or a three-course holiday dinner, Served Catering will be sure to have you covered. They even offer a corporate “work bubble” package! 

The Graze Company

This year The Graze Company has put together a number of delicious packages that not only will help you save time, but also make for great Christmas gifts! The Graze Holiday Box has everything you need to level up your Christmas snacking. They even offer entirely plant-based options with a beautiful spread of vegan cheeses, fruits, vegetables and all the extra accoutrements to make for a lavish plant-based spread. Order yours soon as they sell out fast.


Photo: The Graze Company

Thomashaas

There is no better time to indulge in delicious handmade chocolates and pastries than the holidays! If you’re looking to boost your dessert game this year, check out the options at Thomashaas. You can order ahead online but make sure to do it soon as items are selling out fast! 

Lift Breakfast Bakery

The iconic Lower Lonsdale bakery is offering some very delicious treats this year! Some of their goodies include housemade salted caramels, eggnog cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and Christmas jam. To pre-order email info@liftonlonsdale.ca.

Joey Restaurants

Back by popular demand, JOEY restaurant is offering a traditional turkey dinner that is completely cooked. All you have to do is heat it up and enjoy – with their heating instructions! They offer packages for friends and family celebrating virtually, or for families that are celebrating at home together. 

Their in-house sommelier has even created a wine pairing menu to go perfectly with your turkey dinner. Order online here.

Holiday Recipes

If you’re wanting to make dinner and dessert yourself this year, I have some delicious recipe options that you should definitely try!

Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are a crowd favourite. The sweet and savoury combination is a match made in heaven.  You can serve this recipe up on a charcuterie platter, pair it with wine, or eat on its own.


Photo: YellowBlissRoad

Whichever way you choose, we promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken


Photo: 40 aprons

If spending time cooking a turkey all day doesn’t appeal to you, then this One Pan chicken recipe is for you. It’s healthy, quick, delicious, and most importantly only messes up one pan, because no one wants to spend their holidays cleaning!

Gingersnap Cheescake Bars


Photo: Homemade Interest

Christmas dinner just isn’t complete without a tasty treat to finish it off, and these Gingersnap Cheesecake bars are the perfect way to go out with a bang. To get the recipe, click here.

I hope these options are helpful and make your holiday dinner and dessert process a little bit easier.

Happy holidays everyone!

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