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Thanksgiving with the Healthy Cooking Team

When most people think of Thanksgiving, the dinner is an essential component. It is a prime incentive for students to pack up their bags and head home for the holidays when the long weekend approaches.

We recognize that not all students will be able to enjoy Grandma’s turkey dinner with their families during the school year – whether it be because of distance, logistics, health concerns, or even pesky assignments or midterms coming up. In any case, being at school doesn’t mean you have to spend the holidays alone or eating regular day-to-day food!

We are here with encouragement and tips on how to put together an impressive dinner, right out of your student kitchen or dorm room. All it takes is a little planning and a few friends to help you along the way!

  1. Logistics

  • Have a potluck style dinner where everyone in your house gets to contribute (Feel free to save a copy of this spreadsheet and use it to coordinate what people are bringing!)

  • Encourage everybody to use their own cutlery, plates and cups - everyone can be responsible for washing their dishes at the end. Otherwise, we recommend purchasing eco-friendly disposables

  • Have someone make a fun playlist to celebrate the occasion! 2. Equipment

  • Stove/oven

  • Microwave

  • Large bowls

  • Measuring cups,

  • Cutlery

3. Recipe Ideas! Turkey + Alternatives:

  • Turkey is usually the bulk of a thanksgiving meal cost, so we recommend that this dish is split amongst a couple friends!

  • As a tip, you can save money buying store-brand frozen turkey instead of fresh turkey. Make sure you give yourself enough time to thaw it in the fridge! *One day in fridge for every 5 pounds* -Check out this article by Mia Taylor, outlining 5 cheaper alternatives to a turkey main dish -Also check out these vegan alternatives


  • Green Bean Casserole - 6 ingredients and ready in 40 minutes (20 minute prep, 20 minute cook time)

  • Garlic and Onion Mashed Cauliflower - 4 ingredients and ready in 25-30 minutes (5 minute prep, 15-20 minute cook time)

  • Mashed potatoes - 5 ingredients and ready in 35 minutes (10 minute prep, 25 minute cook time)

  • Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots - 5 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes (10 minute prep, 20 minute cook time)

  • Stuffing - a few more ingredients and longer to make but everyone will be impressed! Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes (15 minute prep, 55 minute cook time)

  • Dinner rolls!

  • Another great resource is this article by Kate Raymond, which outlines 10 side dish recipes that cost under $10 to make


  • There are too many options to list just a few, so check out this extensive list of 100 inexpensive and easy thanksgiving dessert recipes by PrudentPennyPincher

Happy Friends Giving!


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