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Thanksgiving for less than $5 per serving

By Hilary Meyer, November 10, 2011 - 11:54am

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I’d love to host my family’s Thanksgiving meal more often, but the one thing that gives me pause is the cost. Granted, I can get carried away—there’s the gourmet food, the candles, the cute centerpiece for the table, not to mention the wine to go along with it. So instead of giving up on hosting altogether I’m committed to focusing on what really matters—the food. I don’t need fancy monogrammed turkey napkins to make the meal taste good after all.

I’ve come up with an entire Thanksgiving menu of EatingWell recipes (including dessert!) that comes in at less than $5 per serving. I’ll have my guests bring the wine. It’s a celebratory dinner, with every dish you’d expect at Thanksgiving, that’s easy on the budget too. And these Thanksgiving recipes are so delicious that my guests might not notice the mismatched placemats or that the candles are from last year.

Here’s my Menu:

Roasted Garlic & Meyer Lemon-Rubbed Turkey
$1.49 per serving

Mellow white miso paste is the secret ingredient in this amazing roast turkey rubbed with Meyer lemon and roasted garlic. The miso gives the turkey a mildly salted taste without the hassle of brining.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Garlic & Meyer Lemon-Rubbed Turkey and More Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Bacon Mashed Potatoes
51 cents per serving

These bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes are sure to be a hit.

Get the Recipe: Bacon Mashed Potatoes & More Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

Lemon-Dill Green Beans
81 cents per serving

This lemon and dill vinaigrette is a natural complement to green beans. It's also great tossed with steamed asparagus or drizzled over sliced fresh tomatoes. To make this recipe serve 10, multiply all the ingredients by 2 1/2: Use 2 1/2 pounds green beans, 3 tablespoons dill, 2 1/2 tablespoons each shallot, oil and lemon juice, 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Dill Green Beans & More Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Cornbread Stuffing with Brussels Sprouts & Squash
$1.15 per serving

Brussels sprouts and winter squash make this cornbread stuffing look and taste great. You may need to bake two batches of cornbread to have 2 pounds for this recipe—you can even make it the day before.

Get the Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Brussels Sprouts & Squash & More Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Holiday Pumpkin Pie
73 cents per serving

This lighter pumpkin pie has the rich, subtle spices of the classic and a delicate, faintly sweet crust.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Pumpkin Pie & More Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

How do you keep your Thanksgiving meal within your budget? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Budget meals, Holidays, Thanksgiving

Hilary Meyer
Hilary Meyer develops and tests healthy recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

Hilary asks: How do you keep your Thanksgiving meal within your budget?

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