Tips for a college-student’s Thanksgiving (with recipes)


DENVER, Co., November 18, 2014Having a traditional Thanksgiving meal on a college budget is easier than you think. While the holidays can often be challenging for millennials away from home, a little pinch of creativity and a resourceful eye can make Thanksgiving a rewarding experience no matter where you are or what your wallet looks like.

Broke college students know that everything hurts when you’re hungry and on your own. There are some ways to work around those limitations, however:

– Many traditional dishes can be purchased in box form with simple steps and at very low cost. You can add personal touches to bring a gourmet flavor to the dish.  Personally, I love to add bacon to everything, although I understand it’s not the healthiest option. It’s a holiday so you can cheat.

-Another tip I have is to find friends to celebrate with. Not only do they make great company but you can often split the cost of food or simply have a potluck style holiday.

– “Economy of scale” club stores such as Costco and Sam’s club are perfect for college friends. You can buy many items in bulk at a lower cost. Just remember certain stores require a membership to shop there.

– If you decide you want to stray from the traditional Thanksgiving, try something completely different. Enhance your thanksgiving experience by experimenting with other cultures’ fare.

-More importantly, Thanksgiving is about celebrating our country and giving thanks for everything we have. We take so much for granted and this day gives us a great chance to relax and think about all we have been blessed with. Whether you go the traditional route or try something totally new enjoy your holiday!

Here are some recipes that are easy to make, economical to prepare and can instantly transport you to treasured memories of home and family.

Traditional Stuffing

There’s nothing more cozy and soothing to the senses than the scent of freshly made stuffing, a centerpiece for families since the colonial days of America. The rich taste of bread loaf along with the spiked highlights of sage and onion make stuffing a must for any modern Thanksgiving family, and help add easy volume for people on a budget.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Loaf of day old bread
  • Sage
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Chicken broth

Cut up bread into cubes

Sautee veggies in butter

Pour into cubed bread

Pour chicken broth into mixture until moist

Put mixture in buttered casserole dish

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes



It is said that the Native Americans brought pumpkins to the first settlers as gifts. The settlers used pumpkins for many things but it wasn’t until about fifty years after the first Thanksgiving that pumpkin pie was made. For most Americans now pumpkin pie is a staple in Thanksgiving traditions. There is nothing greater than the cinnamon and pumpkin aroma that fills the air. It is an easy recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 can Evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie shell


Mix: sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a bowl. Then beat eggs in a separate bowl. Stir in the sugar and spice mix. Stir in pumpkin. Slowly pour in evaporated milk.

Pour: mixture into pie shell.

Bake: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 degree bake for another 40-45 minutes or until knife cuts clean. Cool for two hours.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Homemade cinnamon whipped cream is absolutely the best finishing touch for a classic pumpkin pie. Here is a very quick recipe that is sure to titillate your taste buds.

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Beat whipping cream in chilled bowl on high speed.

Slowly add cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla.

Beat until the mixture becomes firm peaks.

Chill whipped cream in freezer for 10 minutes and enjoy

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