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10 Affordable and Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

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Amy Thomson
11.18.15

Ballin’ on a budget this year? Check out these affordable and delectable Thanksgiving recipes with 10 ingredients or less:

1. Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Simply Recipes

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving must. Why not spice things up a bit by adding some bourbon? These mashed sweet potatoes require just one extra ingredient from your liquor cabinet, so it shouldn’t make them too pricey. Bonus: They’ll speed up the wine-induced comments from Aunt Martha.

2. Stuffin’ Muffins

Image Credit & Full Recipe: JessyRatfink of Instructables

Not just stuffing, but muffins too! These stuffin’ muffins require bread, some veggies, and seasoning. This way you can pass on making the turkey and the gravy, and still cover a Thanksgiving essential.

3. Twice-Baked Cauliflower Potatoes

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Minimalist Baker

Mix up the mash with some cauliflower power. We found this recipe on a blog that features gluten-free and dairy-free options. This recipe specifically is gluten free and equally delicious. If you need more of these ideas in your wheelhouse, check back with Minimalist Baker for more GF-DF recipes.

4. Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Simply Recipes

Brussels sprouts are the new kale. What used to taste like bitter lettuce is the new hip vegetable, because when you cook sprouts right, they really do taste great. The crunchy almond garnish on the Brussels sprouts is sure to be a head turner for crossfitters and food lovers alike.

5. Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Brown Eyed Baker

Nothing says Thanksgiving like mashed taters! And lucky for you, potatoes are cheap and they really only need some basic seasoning (otherwise known as “lots of butter”) to taste delightfully delicious.

6. Brown Sugar Ginger Carrots

Image Credit & Full Recipe: The Lazy Mom Cooks

Simple sides on deck. Try these ginger, garlic-garnished carrots to feel better about yourself for bringing a vegetable (smothered in sugar) to Friendsgiving instead of a pumpkin pie.

7. Sweet Dinner Rolls

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Brown Eyed Baker

What does everyone always have more room for on Thanksgiving dinner? Bread! Roll up to the party with everyone’s favorite I-already-said-I’m-full-but-nevermind treat.

8. Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Annette of All Recipes

We’re all about that almond crunch this season. These 4-ingredient green beans are another great side option when you’re doing Thanksgiving with some economic style.

9. Pumpkin Pie Frozen Cheesecake

Image Credit & Full Recipe: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Mix up the pumpkin pie this year with a twist. The ice-cream-like texture of this tasty graham cracker, pumpkin dessert will surely please your thankful crew.

10. Pecan Pie for the Win

Image Credit & Full Recipe: JessyRatfink of Instructables

My trouble with desserts is the endless supply of ingredients you have to have on hand like baking soda and cardamom. (What is cardamom anyway?) This follows our less-than-ten ingredients rule and you won’t have to stock up on seasonings. All you need is vanilla extract, brown sugar, and dark corn syrup.

 

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