The Lazy Cook’s Thanksgiving Dinner

The Lazy Cook’s Thanksgiving Dinner

As I was shopping around for Thanksgiving products for my “Your Gluten-Free Holiday Tool Box” post, I noticed all the new gluten-free packaged foods that are now available to make meal preparation easier. I wondered if I could fool my family by using these easy to fix dishes such as the pre-cooked turkey breast above, the instant mashed potatoes, the boxed stuffing and then canned gravy. I didn’t let my family know what I was up to so they could give me honest, unbiased feed back. They have been spoiled with home prepared holiday meals most of their lives.


My easy to prepare Thanksgiving dinner products for “the lazy cook”


The heating directions for the precooked turkey breast

The turkey breast was super easy to prepare. You just put it into a baking dish, add water and cover with foil before baking. It baked for about an hour.


The turkey breast ready for the oven

Last year we made Glutino stuffing so this year I decided to try a new brand, Three Bakers. It too was super easy to prepare.



Cooking instructions for the stuffing.

I was amazed to find these organic mashed potatoes with a very simple ingredient list.



The mashed potato ingredient list

The mashed potatoes took only a few minutes to prepare. I may have added a little too much non-dairy milk as they seemed a little “soupy” to me.


Lastly, I used this roasted turkey gravy by Imagine (featured below). We had this last year and liked it.



Just heat and serve


Our super quick and easy (pre) Thanksgiving meal

Well, here is the conclusion to my  “lazy cook’s Thanksgiving dinner” experiment. The turkey was really good. Everyone said they could tell no difference between it and a fresh roasted turkey. We liked it so much, we agreed that we will use it for Thanksgiving. Yah…no bird to roast. I don’t have to get up at 5am on Thanksgiving!!

The stuffing was a different story. I thought it was horrible. My husband thought it was okay. In my opinion, Glutino brand we tried last year was much better than the Three Bakers brand.


My preferred brand of boxed stuffing


0051As for the mashed potatoes, I did not like them…the texture or taste. My husband and Sam ate the potatoes and did not complain. Maybe I’m just a mashed potato snob.

As I mentioned earlier, last year we used the Imagine brand GF, organic turkey gravy and it was fine. This year it had a strange taste to it. There is another option for quick gravy, Simply Organic packet gravy mix. It took less than 10 minutes to prepare.



I think overall this dinner was a success with my family. They ate it and did not complain. We were so impressed with the turkey that we have decided to use it on Thanksgiving day so I can enjoy my returning, college aged, daughter for the short time she will be back at home. As for the rest of the stuff, I think I’ll stick with homemade and have Glutino stuffing and the packet gravy as a backup in case we run out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal however you choose to prepare it.




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