Thanksgiving meals for all kinds of eaters

Save time and effort this Thanksgiving and leave the cooking to the pros. Outsource a few side dishes or the whole feast.

We get it: Cooking is hard. Throwing together an entire feast to feed a family, large or small, is a daunting task at any time of year. Fortunately, restaurants, chefs and bakers around Iowa have begun pitching in to save the day with take-and-bake options or full-dinner service during Thanksgiving. Check out the local dining scene in your area and you may be surprised to find one or two offering to help make all or part of this year’s meal. Here are a few we found:

Panka Peruvian Restaurant in Des Moines is hosting a celebratory lunch from 11 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day. Make a reservation for your family and let your kitchen sit this one out.

The Hotel Millwright in Amana is offering take-and-bake meal options that will serve up to 12. The hotel’s culinary staff measures and prepares everything you need ahead of time, and each meal bundle comes with reheating instructions. Add an optional pie to take care of dessert, too. Place your orders by Nov. 17.

Chrome Horse Saloon in Cedar Rapids will put the “give” in Thanksgiving with a buffet-style feast including turkey, ham, sliced beef, party potatoes and plenty more. Proceeds from the meal will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the Corridor.

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