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Holiday dinner help: Nearly half of hosts will serve prepared food for Thanksgiving

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 You might want to quiz Grandma this Thanksgiving about those “secret family recipe” mashed potatoes. A new survey conducted by Boston Market finds that not only will almost half of this year's holiday hosts use prepared foods as part of their Thanksgiving meal, but almost one-third would also have no problem taking credit for a dish their guests liked.

Overall, survey results pointed to friends, family and food as the most important elements of Thanksgiving – with a strong focus on tradition, not nutrition. Consumers are even more willing than last year to spend on quality food for their guests– with expected budget rising from $133.07 in 2013 to $146.01 in 2014. Sixty-two percent of people believe the meal is the most important aspect of the holiday, and even more (64 percent) do not give much thought to the nutritional implications of what they eat on Thanksgiving.

Although serving traditional, comforting Thanksgiving dishes is considered a requirement, people are choosing time with guests over time in the kitchen, with more than half of all respondents saying they trust prepared foods from restaurants enough to serve them on their Thanksgiving table. The majority of hosts (60 percent) are also at least somewhat open to trying new Thanksgiving recipes based on current food trends.

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