29 Store-Bought Holiday Eats That Are Better Than Just Fine

Photo: Courtesy of Whole Foods.
We don't always have the funds, time, or energy to cook like Ina Garten every night — especially during the holidays. And when we inevitably hit our everything-homemade wall, we have one important thing to remember: Even the Barefoot Contessa herself says that sometimes "store-bought is just fine."

So why not let yourself off the hook instead of drowning in lists upon to-do lists of recipe ingredients, steps, and grocery store necessities? While everyone is sweating it out in the kitchen, toiling over a made-from-scratch pot pie and a batch of perfect peppermint cookies, you can be straight up chilling on the Barcalounger with Fluffy (the elderly family feline). The only thing you'll need to build in time for? Washing up, clothing yourself, and a one-stop shop at your nearest TJ's, Target, or Whole Foods (where the stores have already done the kitchen work for you).

If last-minute and cheap is what you do best, then let these 29 store-bought dishes and baked goods keep your stress levels low and the holidays high. And if anyone throws shade your way? Just hit them with some Ina knowledge (and a delectable, previously frozen, baked brie bite).
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Crispy Crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's time to come clean: Trader Joe's crispy-crunchy cookies are forever better than any batch of homemade.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Sure, you could take the few extra steps to buy bacon, hotdogs, and toothpicks separately — but wouldn't you rather spend that time watching Gilmore Girls?

Available at Target locations.
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Butternut Squash Soufflé
No one has to know that you definitely did not make this soufflé from scratch...or at all, really.

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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Cinnamon Roll Wreath
No energy to wake up and bake fresh for that morning holiday brunch? No worries, TJ's got you.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Rudolph's Snack Mix
Buy several packages of this festive snack mix along with some cellophane bags and ribbons (if you're feeling fancy) — separate out into gift bags and boom, party favors.

Available online and at Target locations.
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Rosemary Potatoes
Washing, peeling, dicing, seasoning, and roasting potatoes is a lot of work for...well, potatoes. Just steam these Archer Farms (in the bag!) instead for a fast side.

Available at Target locations.
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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
This dip will be the talk of whatever party you attend — just tell them all that Joe, a man of all trades, made it.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Artichoke, Kale & Swiss Chard Bites
Pop these savory (meatless) meatballs into the oven, skewer with toothpicks atop your fanciest platter, and adorn with your dipping sauce of choice.

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Monkey Bread
"Great Microwaved!" — the title of the lazy-food anthem.

Available at Target locations.
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Potato Slices
As previously mentioned, getting potatoes to this cleanly sliced form is painstaking work — so just skip it.

Available online at Target.
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Turkish Figs & Goat Cheese
I wouldn't even know where to begin with making these Turkish fig-y spring-roll delights from scratch...and so I won't.

Available at Whole Foods' locations.
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Gelato Filled Panettone
We call this, "Ice Cream Cake: Holiday Edition."

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Root Vegetable Galette
Part pie, part tarte, part pizza — fully made for you.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Turkey Meatballs
Don't spend your evening rolling raw meat — just heat up these flame-broiled turkey bites, instead.

Available online and at Target locations.
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Camembert Cheese & Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites
Baked cheesy spring rolls with festive cranberry filling? So much yes.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Stone-Baked Artisan Rolls
You can still pull fresh buns out of the oven — without all that kneading and rising nonsense.

Available at Target locations.
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Scallops Wrapped In Bacon
Fit for the finest of festive (pre-frozen) feasting.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Brie Bites With Mostarda
Brie, winning holiday parties one bite at a time.

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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Lemon Meringue Tarte
Smile and think of the nonexistent time that each of the perfectly-browned meringue peaks took to whip on this lovely lemon tarte.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Mushroom Risotto Bites
All these savory risotto bites need after you've pulled them from the oven is a fresh squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

Available at Target locations.
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Crab Cake Minis
No matter where you call home for the holidays, you can treat your dinner guests to this Maryland delicacy.

Available at Target locations.
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Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale & Cranberry
Fresh out of creativity and care — but in need of an inventive and savory side? We've got you covered.

Available at Target locations.
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Spinach & Cheese Spanakopita
Layering and buttering sheets of fillo dough is messy AF — but WF is here to tell you, it doesn't have to be.

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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Roasted Potatoes With Peppers & Onions
When regular roasted potatoes just won't cut it, this TJ's bag has that multi-layered side game going.

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Tarte à l'Oignon (Alsatian Style Onion Tart)
This tart seems fancy — so just don't tell anyone it was frozen...

Available in stores at Trader Joe's.
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Maple Gingerbread Sandwich Cremes
"Made with real maple syrup," translates to basically made from scratch.

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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Pesto Swirls
The name of this store-bought good speaks to my pesto-loving soul.

Available at Target locations.
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Spinach Ricotta Lasagna
Dress this simple spinach and ricotta lasagna with your grandma's Sunday sauce — no one will know the difference.

Available at Whole Foods' locations.
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Vegetable Pot Pie
That pot pie your family and friends would burn the midnight oil to finish? You've got it in the bag (literally).

Available at Whole Foods locations.
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