Thanksgiving is next week. If that thought fills you with dread, you might want to check out some of the restaurants and stores selling pre-made meals that you heat up at home.
Many restaurants are also open Thanksgiving Day. I provide some examples here, but it's not a comprehensive list. I suggest calling your favorite restaurant to see if it's open for Thanksgiving.
And whether you're dining at a restaurant or bringing a meal home, remember to make reservations ahead of time since demand is high.
The Victoria Rose Restaurant in Clovis is selling two Thanksgiving dinners, one for eight to 10 people for $185, and a second for 15 to 18 people for $258.95.
The dinners include a seasoned turkey and all the sides, such as garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Everything is cooked but the bird.
Meals must be ordered by Friday and can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Customers can order via phone at (559) 322-4832 or in the restaurant at 356 Pollasky Avenue in Clovis.
Campagnia restaurant has two dinners available that both serve six to eight people. One has a 12-pound herb-marinated turkey as the main course and costs $130, the other a 9-pound bone-in prime rib for $190.
Both dinners come with all the fixins, including sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Dinners can be reserved by calling (559) 433-3300.
In Visalia, chef Elaine Dakessian's Thanksgiving meals can be picked up at Fugazzis California Bistro downtown.
Dishes can be bought individually and include spiced pecans, Waldorf salad, wine-and-butter-basted turkey and baby pumpkins stuffed with roasted root vegetables.
Details: (559) 936-1260.
Save Mart is selling two holiday dinners for $49.99 each that serve four to eight people. Pre-order at the store's bakery or deli.
The turkey dinner features an 8 to 10-pound Butterball turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. The ham dinner comes with a 7 to 9-pound Hormel spiral sliced honey ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. Both meals come with apple or pumpkin pie, and a bread option.
Vons sells turkey, spiral ham and prime rib dinners for $44.99, $54.99 and $74.99, respectively with a Vons club card discount.
The dinners include several different sides, such as scalloped potatoes au gratin, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.
Customers can pre-order in the store or by calling 1-888-358-7328.
Whole Foods has every kind of Thanksgiving dinner imaginable available, including meals that feature a traditional roasted turkey, a lemon-herb turkey, a southwest turkey, an heirloom turkey, ham and goose. The store also sells an organic turkey meal and vegan dinners.
You can view all the meals online at WholeFoodsMarket.com/shop.
Meals can be ordered online or in the store by Monday.
Marie Callender's restaurant is selling several types of take-home Thanksgiving feasts, ranging from $100 to $150. They include turkey, ham and a combination of both for various family sizes. The meals include sides.
But if you're cooking at home and just need a little extra help, you can buy individual sides, including apple-sage stuffing, gorgonzola, pecan and field greens salad and corn bread.
If you don't even want to deal with reheating, Marie Callender's is open on Thanksgiving Day, too, serving a special Thanksgiving meal for $19.99.
The Elbow Room also serves a take-home Thanksgiving meal and is open for dining.