Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! It’s time to start thinking about a menu if you are cooking or what you will bring to the party. Food costs can mount up quickly and could cause you to spend more than you bargained for. That’s why you need a plan in place to avoid overspending. Here are a few low budget Thanksgiving dishes to consider this holiday season.
3 Low Budget Thanksgiving Dishes
I’d be shocked and maybe faint if there weren’t mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. Fortunately, this dish is extremely frugal and delicious. I’m sure the hostess or host wouldn’t mind you taking this one off their hands; few people are truly excited to peel and cut a ton of potatoes. Plus, in my family, we don’t make them the professional way. We boil, mash, add seasonings and all that and mash some more. We also use a blender to get it really smooth.
A bag of potatoes costs only a few dollars. Most likely, you’ll already have milk, butter and seasonings already. Mashed potatoes is also an easy dish to make vegan if need be. If you have the chance, jump on this dish assignment early to keep your party costs low with a simple dish everyone loves.
Peanut Butter Mousse Dip
Want to bring a dessert or appetizer ? Try making the Minimalist Baker’s Peanut Butter Mousse Dip. I recently made this for a party and it was a big hit. It’s three simple ingredients: one can of coconut milk, peanut butter and a sweetner (agave, maple syrup or powdered sugar). Then you can cut some apples and bananas for dipping. Strawberries are also good if you can find them on sale.
If you are bringing this to a party, check with the host to see if they already have some fruit to go with the dip. You could also team up with a friend or sibling to bring the fruit while you bring the dip. This dip is vegan and gluten free!
Regular old sweet potatoes or yams are super boring, especially after you’ve eaten candied yams. These things are amazing, simple and cheap. Follow these instructions from Allrecipes.com:
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into slices.
- Melt the butter in a heavy skillet and add the sliced sweet potatoes.
- Mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cover the sweet potatoes with sugar mixture and stir. Cover skillet, reduce heat to low and cook for about 1 hour or until potatoes are “candied”. They should be tender but a little hard around the edges. Also the sauce will turn dark. You will need to stir occasionally during the cooking. Stir in the vanilla just before serving. Serve hot.
Armed with these low budget Thanksgiving dishes, you can stay on budget as a host or a guest attending a Turkey Day dinner.