Like most Americans, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (after Christmas). It is a special day to give thanks for all that we have and a special day to sit around the table and share a festive meal with our loved ones. Of course, right now, many of us are forced to scale down this annual feast due to money woes. You can still have a great holiday meal and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Here are 4 easy and affordable recipes that are sure to please.
(Prep. time: Approximately 1 hr, 20 minutes. Cooking time 2 hours 30 minutes. Serves 4)
1 turkey breast (about 6 lbs.)
Oh the Turkey, the main event of Thanksgiving dinner! If you are really trying to save money or you are feeding a smaller crowd, turkey breasts are an affordable alternative to having a full sized bird. Right now, my regular store has turkey breast $.82 per pound… Make sure your turkey breast is completely thawed. If there is a thermometer, leave it in!!! The juices will run right out of that hole and your turkey will be dry. You don’t want that and I don’t want that! I don’t believe in getting too carried away when it comes to turkey. The turkey should speak for itself. I like to keep my seasonings simple. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your turkey breast in a baking dish. Rub about half a cup of olive oil on your turkey breast. You may want to add a little more, it just depends on your taste. After you have covered the turkey breast with the olive oil, sprinkle the turkey with black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. I would use about a tsp of each seasoning. Cover the turkey breast with foil and place in oven for 2 hours or until the thermometer pops out.
Green bean casserole
2 cans of green beans, drained (14.5 ounce)
½ cup of milk
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 1/3 cup of French fried onions
Salt and pepper to taste.
Green bean casserole is a staple at holiday dinners. You don’t need named brands to complete this dish. Mix the green beans, soup, milk, and about 2/3 of a cup of the French fried onions in a casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. The dish should be bubbling. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and top with remaining French fried onions. Return the dish to the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drippings from Turkey breast
If you are going to have dressing, you have to have gravy. Of course, giblet gravy is the traditional way to go. But if you are serving a turkey breast, you don’t have any giblets… Here is a cheap and easy version of brown gravy that’s really delicious with turkey. When your turkey breast is done, remove it from the oven and place on a platter. Set aside. Take the drippings from the turkey and pour into a sauce pan. Add a cup of chicken stock. In a bowl, add a tablespoon of flour to about ¼ cup of water. Stir the flour/water until it looks like milk. Pour this mix into the sauce pan with the chicken stock and turkey drippings. Simmer on medium heat until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Candied Yams with marshmallows
1 large can of yams (about 29 oz.)
Marshmallows (small or large)
You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without candied yams. A large can runs about $3 and buying canned also saves you time. Drain the liquid from the can. In a bowl, add the yams, about a cup of milk, and half a stick of butter. Mash the ingredients until smooth and add to a sauce pan. Add about 2 tbsps. of sugar and simmer on medium for about 10 minutes. Pour the yams into a baking dish and top with marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the marshmallows brown. Yum!
That’s it! Thanksgiving dinner on the cheap! The estimated price of this meal is around $30. Not a bad price! Have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!