It’s that time of the year where we are getting excited about gathering together as a family and telling some great jokes and singing some Christmas carols, but along with all of this comes the cooking of the big holiday meal. We all dream of the day when we have a great Christmas dinner without cooking. Well, guess what? It is finally here! Once upon a time, I used to love to make Christmas dinner, but then something happened. You see I would spend one whole day prepping and all of Christmas in the kitchen practically preparing Christmas Dinner. By the time I sat down to eat with my family, the kitchen would be destroyed with pots and pans everywhere and I would be exhausted. We would then eat for 10 minutes, have tons of leftovers and a big mess to clean up. At that moment I decided there had to be a better way, there had to be a way to enjoy Christmas dinner without cooking.
Christmas Dinner Without Cooking
When I made the decision to try to find a way to have Christmas dinner without cooking, I didn’t want to sacrifice all the traditional dinner fixings that we love. So in my search for the perfect Christmas dinner without cooking I stumbled upon Pickle Barrel Catering. Pickle Barrel Catering understands just how precious your time is when it comes to spending the holidays with your family. That is why they have created Christmas Dinner Meal Plans. What’s great about Pickle Barrel Catering meal plans is that they are totally customizable for what you are looking for and they are delivered right to your door.
What Does Pickle Barrel Christmas Dinner without Cooking Consist of?
There are many options when it comes to which meal to choose from for your holiday dinner from Pickle Barrel.
They have several turkey options to choose from. You can choose from complete turkey dinner that is pre-carved on the bone, complete turkey dinner that is pre-carved off the bone, or an uncarved option.
All Pickle Barrel turkey dinners include:
- Your choice of potato
- Choice of vegetables
- Sides like
- Cranberry sauce
The complete ham dinner includes:
- Your choice of potato
- Choice of vegetable
These Christmas dinner without cooking from Pickle Barrel embraces the Pickle Barrel’s art of living well philosophy. These meals are a well-balanced meal of lean protein, low-fat carbs, and nutritious vegetables and salad. They use very little oil in any of the menu items.
Delivery of Pickle Barrel Holiday Dinners
When you place your order, you will have the option to rent silverware, glassware, and linens. You will also choose a 1-hour delivery window when you would like your food delivered. When I ordered my Pickle Barrel holiday dinner the driver called me ahead of time to make sure I was home. This was really going the extra mile for me, especially during the hustle and bustle of trying to get ready for Christmas.
Unboxing Our Christmas Dinner Without Cooking
When I was unboxing my Pickle Barrel dinner I was impressed by how easy they make it for us! Each item was packed in an oven-ready container with reheat instructions printed right on top. We ordered the pre-carved turkey (I’m not one for the big turkey table slice) and it was beautiful. It was adorned with cranberries, heads of garlic, and herbs. I love that the pre-sliced turkey still held its shape for table presentation, yet it was easy to just pull slices off to serve.
How Long Did It Take to Prep?
This whole idea of having a Christmas dinner without cooking was a huge win, especially for the fact that I was only in the kitchen for about an hour getting things ready (reheating). This totally beat me prepping the whole day before and cooking all of Christmas. The fruit platter was a nice treat for the kids to enjoy prior to dinner too when the munchies strike. We transferred our food into dishes for the table but you could serve right from the trays if you want as well. In the past, we have sometimes set-up a buffet-style dinner and these trays were perfect – pull them out of the oven and set them on the counter. Pickle Barrel even provides plates, napkins, forks, and serving tongs for the meal, giving us the option to not dirty any dishes. Pickle Barrel offers Christmas Day delivery to ensure your food is piping hot and fresh.
Overall Thoughts on Pickle Barrel Catering the Holidays
Pickle Barrel’s Complete Turkey Holiday Dinner tasted great, looked wonderful and was easy to put together, but the best part is I was able to spend the whole day with my family versus hovering in the kitchen. The holiday season is short. It seems like every year the kids get older and older and you have less and less time with them. So taking advantage of Christmas dinner without cooking options gives you back time with the ones you love the very most. Having the option to enjoy both a traditional family meal in your home while focusing on your guests is a wonderful idea and perhaps a new tradition that we will continue to do in our home. You can book your own Complete Turkey Holiday Dinner both online at www.picklebarrelcatering.com and 416-493-4333 or toll-free at 1-866-493-4333. They have started to offer next day delivery on some items if you place your order by midnight, but some do require up to 72 hours notice. So if you are planning to try Pickle Barrel this year, don’t wait! For more information on how you can have Christmas Dinner without cooking visit Pickle Barrel Catering for more information. Thanks to the folks at PIckle Barrel for letting us sample their Complete Turkey Holiday Dinner.