Ten Pre-Made Thanksgiving Dinners and Pies for a Stress-Free Holiday

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A Vegan Feast from Watercourse Foods
So you want to host a vegan Thanksgiving but have no idea how to make that meatless loaf or faux turkey. Fear not: Watercourse, at 837 East 17th Avenue, can have a whole spread ready for you to take home. Choose from a seitan or lentil roast (half for $18 or full for $30), and then add on the following $10 sides as you see fit: candied yams, stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac n' chz and cranberry sauce. To get these veggie-filled treats, go to the Watercourse Foods website and download the order form; then drop it off by November 18. Pick up your feast at Make Believe Bakery, 206 East 13th Avenue, between November 17 and 21 during business hours (noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends).

Pies and Pints of Ice Cream from Little Man and Sweet Cooie's
Have the best of both dessert worlds by getting ice cream to go with your freshly baked pie. Place your order at Little Man Ice Cream (2620 16th Street) or Sweet Cooie's Ice Cream and Confectionary (3506 East 12th Avenue), with choices of pumpkin or pecan pie and any of the shops' ice cream flavors — such as salted Oreo, purple cow and Mexican chocolate. Each order runs $28 (with additional pints of ice cream for $4) and must be placed by Thursday, November 15. Pick up at your order location on November 20 or 21 by 5 p.m., and be grateful you can have pie à la mode this season.

Paleo Pie from Just Be Kitchen
Just Be Kitchen, at 2364 15th Street, is a great source for clean, paleo and lifestyle-friendly foods, including during the normally treacherous holiday season. This year, try the restaurant's pumpkin pie, which is free of gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar, soy, corn and legumes. Select your pickup date (any time before November 21), and order the $25 pie from the Seasonal Desserts list on the restaurant's website. Just be...sure to give the kitchen 24 hours notice before your desired pickup date!

The chocolate cream pie from Mercantile.
Pies from Mercantile Dining & Provisions
Mercantile, at 1701 Wynkoop Street inside Union Station, is one of Denver's finest restaurants, but a pie shop, too? It is this year, since chef/owner Alex Seidel also operates Füdmill, a wholesale bakery he runs with chef Keegan Gerhard of D Bar. Their bakery will provide pies for your holiday dessert pleasure, including bourbon pecan, pumpkin, apple and chocolate cream, for $20 to $22. Stop in at Mercantile and pre-order your favorite up until 5 p.m. on November 19, then pick up your purchase between November 19 and 21. If you want to sample the goods before Thanksgiving, you can come in for lunch or dinner and order a $4 mini-pie starting this Friday, November 9.

Thanksgiving Dinner from the Cirque Kitchen Food Truck
Okay, so Cirque Kitchen chef/owner Brandon Becker doesn't actually cook his take-away Thanksgiving feasts in his food truck, but rather in his commissary kitchen at 3600 East 40th Avenue. So you won't have to sit on the curb or in your car to enjoy the meal; you get to take home a ten-person meal kit that includes a brined and roasted turkey, classic stuffing, roasted green beans, honey-roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, rosemary-sausage gravy, cranberry sauce and your choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Make the order by calling 720-833-8122 or by going online to Place your order by 5 p.m. on November 16 and pick up on November 20 or 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the commissary kitchen.
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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington