Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
(Even though I’m a day late)
We spent our entire Holiday lounging around the house and binge-eating from dusk until dawn!
While we do have a house now, all of our household goods haven’t arrived from Germany yet so I had to improvise on cooking with basically no kitchen essentials.
On top of it all, we’re on a tight budget but IT WAS THANKSGIVING! So, splurging on a big meal is absolutely necessary, even if there’s only 2 of us—which means plenty of leftovers!
With that said, here’s a Holiday meal for the broke 20-something, costing under $25!
Loaded Pasta Salad—$5
This is always a go-to make for us on the Holidays. I’m not the biggest fan of pasta/macaroni salads but this Loaded Pasta Salad is to die for!
It has an ultra light ranch/mayo base, noodles, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and broccoli.
You can find the recipe here via Pinterest. I make mine a little different, using cheaper Rotini noodles and I don’t use the cider vinegar.
It costs around $5 to make this large portion.
Although the typical meat for a Holiday meal is ham or turkey, they’re extremely expensive, starting at around $15 for the smallest size.
This Ranch Chicken recipe is one of our favorite meals and is very cost-efficient!
Here’s the recipe, via Pinterest. Ingredients include 3-4 chicken breasts, a ranch packet, corn flakes, butter and parmesan cheese, all costing around $8!
Mac ‘N Cheese—$5
And what’s a Holiday meal without mac & cheese?!
This would have to be my favorite side dish. It includes elbow macaroni noodles, sharp cheddar cheese, and milk, butter and flour to make the cheese sauce, all costing around $5! It makes a hefty portion, allowing room for plenty of leftovers!
The recipe can be found here.
Add a dab of butter & throw in the microwave! Del Monte French-cut is the best brand!
Instant Mashed Potatoes—$1.50
Although they’re not as good as the real thing, these are THE mashed potatoes for those on a budget. I buy the Idahoan Buttery Homestyle brand, add boiling water & butter and voila! The best generic mashed potatoes!
Apple Crisp Pie—$5
And the best part of a Holiday meal: dessert!
This Apple Crisp Pie is literally to die for! The main ingredients include a graham pie crust, apples, brown sugar, and many other spices.
You can find the recipe to this delectable dessert here on my blog.
What are your favorite dishes for a Holiday meal?