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A Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

Planning your Thanksgiving on a budget? We’re here to help. Each of these affordable, crowd-pleasing recipes rates four stars or more, and you don’t have to spend on fancy ingredients to get the big flavors. These recipes will help you feast best for less.

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

No need to spend on herbs and spices for a flavorful turkey. “Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make,” says Syd. “Seasoned simply with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing.”

Bread and Celery Stuffing

“Everyone loved this dish at Thanksgiving dinner,” says MELODYYOON. “It’s extremely simple and very tasty which helps when you’ve got homemade cornbread, pumpkin pie, and the turkey to cook.” That said, if you have leftover turkey stock, you can use it here in place of chicken broth.

Basic Mashed Potatoes

Have butter and milk on hand? You’re all set to make our Basic Mashed Potatoes, an inexpensive and filling Thanksgiving staple. “If you love good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe,” says Esmee Williams. “Simple and delicious.”

Green Bean Casserole I

A can of condensed cream of mushroom soup accounts for this casserole’s classic flavor. “Nothing goes over better than a tried and true, comforting green bean casserole,” says FLOWERGRLLLL. “This is a recipe you can rely on, and the ingredients are inexpensive and easy to store in your pantry for when you’re ready to whip it up.”

Candied Yams

“This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite,” says LORIEANN29. “Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used.” Not to mention, marshmallows make this dish more affordable than nut-topped casseroles.

Cranberry Sauce II

Canned cranberry sauce is inexpensive, but so is this recipe. “It’s so nice to have such a simple, easy task when there are so many other things to worry about when making Thanksgiving dinner,” says Annette. “Everyone was so impressed with the fresh cranberry sauce and it was the simplest dish I made!”

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

You want to cut costs, not dessert. “Simple, quick, and easily made from ingredients found in the pantry and fridge,” says Errantdreams. “Delicious!”

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