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Easy and Frugal Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Did you read the article where Trader Joe's printed up Thanksgiving stickers with Gobble spelled incorrectly? Pretty funny when slip-ups happen, but it is no laughing matter that Thanksgiving is next week...have you already started grocery shopping? The Thanksgiving feast can't not be done, but it can be done for a little less than last year. Not much we can do about the price of turkeys, but why not try some of these easy and budget-friendly side dishes and desserts that may save you a few bucks.

Janice's Glazed Carrots from CheapHealthyGood 

What you need:

3 pounds carrots, sliced on the diagonal into 2-3 inch pieces (or baby carrots left whole)
8.5 ounces (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) 100% maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Salt and nutmeg to taste

What to do:

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Place carrots in a roasting pan. Add OJ, maple syrup, vanilla, salt to taste, a pinch of nutmeg and toss. Dot carrots with butter. Bake 1-1 1/2 hours, until carrots caramelize and are tender when poked with a knife.

Garlic-Shallot Mashed Potatoes from MyRecipes

What you need:

6 to 8  shallots, unpeeled
1 large head garlic, outer skin peeled, head intact
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

What to do:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss shallots, garlic, oil, 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper in a bowl. Wrap in a foil packet; roast for 1 hour. Unwrap carefully and let cool. Peel shallots and garlic; puree in a food processor. Cover potatoes with cold water in a pot; boil. Add 1 tsp. salt and simmer for 15 minutes; drain. Mash potatoes in a bowl. Stir in puree, butter, 1 tsp. salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Apple Spice Snack Cake from Taste of Home

What you need:

1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
2 eggs
2 tablespoons canola oil

What you do:

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.  

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by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Jessica on Nov. 13, 2012 at 6:17 AM

I think I might try the carrot recipe. Thanks!

by Jessica on Nov. 13, 2012 at 6:18 AM

they all look yummy though.

by Gold Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Sounds easy enough.  Thanks!

by Jessica on Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Quoting michiganmom116:

Sounds easy enough.  Thanks!

I agree, they look nice and easy, which is what I like!

by Nikki on Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Sounds good!

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM


by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM
I really need to go shopping this weekend to get everything for Thanksgiving dinner.
by Yvonne on Nov. 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

oh man.. those mash sound really good :)  my husband makes the stuffing and EVERYONE loves it.  I dont have his recipe though.

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

1 pkg. Oreo cookies
1 c. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. Cool Whip
2 sm. boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix
2 sticks butter

Crumble cookies into a bowl, then mix with the 2 sticks of butter. Spread mixture into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan placing into the refrigerator for 1/2 hour.

Then mix cream cheese and the powdered sugar. Beat together until smooth. Mix in the 8 ounces Cool Whip and cream cheese mixture. Spread over the cookie mix, return contents to the refrigerator. Mix up the pudding, placing over the mixture. Place the other 8 ounces Cool Whip over the mixture. Let set in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Quick and easy to make!!!!

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Those look great!

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