Thanksgiving is approaching and many college students are preparing to pack their bags and head home for the extended weekend. Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family and lots and lots of food.
Aside from the Secret Santas that college students participate in amongst friends, some college students create “college-friendly” Thanksgivings before parting ways for the real holiday.
However, obstacles can arise in creating your own Thanksgiving. Family members aren’t involved in the planning or cooking of your mock holiday. Before Thanksgiving, college students are focusing on finals, signing up for classes and completing projects. As a result, this gives less time to plan who buys what and where the feast is happening.
But, one big reason Thanksgiving meals fall through or don’t happen is because most college students are on a strict budget. Some college students are relying on dining dollars to get by.
But have no fear! There’s a way to stay affordable and enjoy the pre-holiday with friends!
First, plan, plan, plan! It’s so important to plan. From who’s buying the sides to where the location for the meal is, it’s important to have a simple and concrete game plan. You don’t want to rush into creating this mock Thanksgiving and forget the turkey!
Now that everyone is assigned a food item to bring and location is secured, it’s time to head to your local supermarket and buy the items. Now, don’t go crazy! It’s a mock Thanksgiving for a reason. Just focus on preparing a meal that everyone can eat and enjoy. Also, buy something around your own budget.
Here are affordable items to think about:
Here’s a quick, easy recipe that will make your traditional stuffing platter accessible to all:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
- Box of Stove Top Stuffing Mix
- Muffin tin
Step One: Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.
Step Two: In a saucepan, heat water and butter to boiling.
Step Three: Stir in Stove Top Stuffing Mix. Cover and remove from heat.
Step Four: Once it’s cooled for a bit, transfer to bowl.
Step Five: Spray or butter muffin tin.
Step Six: Spoon stuffing mixture into the muffin tin.
Step Seven: Let it bake for about 30 minutes
Here’s a quick, delicious dessert
that your friends will love:
Start to Finish: 42 minutes
Prep: 17 min
Cook: 25 min
6 yams, peeled and cubed into roughly 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package mini marshmallows (10.5 ounce)
Peeler (for yams)
Step One: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step Two: Add cubed yams to a large pot and cover with water so there is at least one inch of water above yams. Bring water to a boil over high heat, and cook for about 15 minutes, or just until yams are soft but still maintain their shape. Yams should not be too cooked that they fall apart. Drain yams.
Step 3: Add yams to a large casserole dish. Sprinkle top of yams with 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon, and stir around with spoon until ingredients are combined. Spread yams in one even layer. Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Step 4: Bake in oven for 15 minutes, just until sugar has become syrup-like and yams are tender and cooked through. Remove from oven and then cover top of yams with mini marshmallows. Return to oven and continue baking for 10 minutes, or just until top of marshmallows are lightly golden yellow. Remove from oven and allow yams to cool for at least five minutes before serving.