Thanksgiving is approaching, and you know what that means. A house full of in-laws, buoyant children, and a thousand different dishes calling for you, needing to be cooked. A common problem most people run into is how expensive cooking can add up to be. Some tips to help reduce the cost for your Thanksgiving meal include sticking to traditions, just serve turkey, don’t serve ham or steaks this time. Look out for coupons and ads on food items that you might need for your meal.  Buy store brand items, or frozen foods, it will reduce cost and time. Try doing a potluck, that way everyone can bring one dish so you are not solely responsible for cooking them all.

Below are two recipes for a side dish and a dessert that are both cost efficient and delicious.

 

Side Dish:

Creamy & Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time       Cook Time       Total Time

10 min            30 min            40 min

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (28 oz) French style green beans, drained well
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup French’s fried onions

 

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish, or similar casserole dish, with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour, salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir with a whisk for 1 minute. Stir constantly so it does not burn.
  • Take off the heat and add sour cream, and dried minced onion. Stir together until combined.
  • Add green beans, half the cheese, and half the fried onions. Stir together and pour into prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the remaining fried onions.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Notes:

  • To make this easier to prepare, measure out your dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar, pepper) into a small bowl. This way, when the time comes, all you have to do is dump it and start stirring.
  • Instead of using two larger cans of green beans, you can use 4 standard size (15 oz) of green beans.

 

 

Dessert:

Pumpkin Pie

Prep Time          Total Time          Serves

25 min            3 hr 30 min           8

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (1 ½ cups)

 

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs with wire whisk. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour into crust-lined pan.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; bank 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely, about 2 hours. Store in refrigerator

 

 

 

 

 

References:

Together as a family: recipes from my kitchen to yours,                                                                                                                 http://togetherasfamily.com/2017/10/no-creamed-soup-no-mushrooms-creamy-                cheesy-green-      bean-casserole/

Pillsbury, https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-pumpkin-pie/0abd84dd-0bce-44ae-b02d-            963442eb02d5?crlt.pid=camp.czwzcs6lkwff

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