Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times – Frugal Thanksgiving Quickie Recipes

These quick recipes will help you prepare your Thanksgiving meal.
This series of articles is designed to help families put a frugal Thanksgiving meal on the table.
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Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times - Frugal Thanksgiving Quickie Recipes from The More With Less Mom

Frugal Thanksgiving Quickie Recipes

These are some quick and dirty recipes that might be useful for Thanksgiving, almost tips. These are like when grandma wrote out something on an index card, your best bet is to look up a “real” recipe if you’re not sure what you’re doing.

Quickie Recipe - Free Stock: You can make stock for free I tell you, freee!! If you are a thrifty cook, you save vegetable scraps (mostly celery, onion, and carrot; ends, stems and peels) you can stick them in the freezer. When you fill a bread bag or have 5 c of scraps, make stock. If you are lucky you have bones from something (even a once-cooked something like rotisserie chicken), and maybe giblets and a neck from a turkey. If you are not you can skip that and make veggie stock. Put your stuff in a pot big enough to have two handles. Cover with water and add a splash of vinegar. Let sit for 30 min. Then cook at a very slow simmer, skimming foam, simmer about 30 min for veg stock, 60 min for meat stock. (Some people simmer the bones for up to 24 hours, then add the veggies 60 min from when you’re done.) Strain, cool, freeze or refrigerate. Square containers are really nice and can be found at the dollar store, or put a gallon zip bag in a margarine tub to fill, freeze on a cookie sheet, then store vertically.

Free Stock Recipe:

You can make stock for free, I tell you, freee!! If you are a thrifty cook, you save vegetable scraps (mostly celery, onion, and carrot; ends, stems and peels) you can stick them in the freezer. When you fill a bread bag or have 5 c of scraps, make stock. If you are lucky you have bones from something (even a once-cooked something like rotisserie chicken), and maybe giblets and a neck from a turkey. If you are not you can skip that and make veggie stock. Put your stuff in a pot big enough to have two handles. Cover with water and add a splash of vinegar. Let sit for 30 min. Then cook at a very slow simmer, skimming foam, simmer about 30 min for veg stock, 60 min for meat stock. (Some people simmer the bones for up to 24 hours, then add the veggies 60 min from when you’re done.) Strain, cool, freeze or refrigerate. Square containers are really nice and can be found at the dollar store, or put a gallon zip bag in a margarine tub to fill, freeze on a cookie sheet, then store vertically.

Quickie Recipes - Hot Cocoa for One: Fill a mug with water/milk. Heat (microwave 2 min). Add 1 Tbl (house spoon will do) cocoa, 2 Tbl sugar. You can add a dash of salt or vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste.

Hot Cocoa for One Recipe:

Fill a mug with water/dry milk/milk. Heat (microwave 2 min). Add 1 Tbl (house spoon will do) cocoa, 2 Tbl sugar. You can add a dash of salt or vanilla. Adjust sugar to taste.

Quickie Recipes - Whipped Cream: Whip cold heavy cream some, add a couple Tbl of powdered or granulated sugar, and maybe some vanilla, and whip more until you get whipped cream.

Whipped Cream Recipe:

Whip cold heavy cream some, add a couple Tbl of powdered or granulated sugar, and maybe some vanilla, and whip more until you get whipped cream. Bonus: add 1 Tbl instant vanilla pudding to stabilize.

Quickie Recipes - Juicy Turkey: There are lots of tips and tricks, but the best is to stuff the turkey cavity with celery. You can also use some onion, garlic, and carrot, but it must have celery. The turkey will absorb the moisture and some flavor from the veggies. Also your pan drippings will have more flavor.

Juicy Turkey Recipe:

There are lots of tips and tricks, but the best is to stuff the turkey cavity with celery. You can also use some onion, garlic, and carrot, but it must have celery. The turkey will absorb the moisture and some flavor from the veggies. Also your pan drippings will have more flavor.

Quickie Recipes - Chocolate Mug Cake: 2 Tbl flour, 1 Tbl sugar, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tbl cocoa, pinch salt. Combine all. Mix with 2-3 Tbl water/milk in a bowl or mug. Microwave for 40-60 seconds. Let rest for 2 minutes.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe:

2 Tbl flour, 1 Tbl sugar, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tbl cocoa, pinch salt. Combine all. Mix with 2-3 Tbl water/milk in a bowl or mug. Microwave for 40-60 seconds. Let rest for 2 minutes. (Also seen here)

Quickie Recipes - Pumpkin Pie Spice for One Pie: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves

Pumpkin Pie Spice for One Pie Recipe:

1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves

Quickie Recipes - Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust: 1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs (10-12 crackers in the food processor, or in a ziploc with kids taking a whack at it with the rolling pin), 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c cocoa powder (omit for regular crust), 1/3 c melted butter. Mix it all up and press into a pie pan.

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust Recipe:

1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs (10-12 crackers in the food processor, or in a ziploc with kids taking a whack at it with the rolling pin), 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c cocoa powder (omit for regular crust), 1/3 c melted butter. Mix it all up and press into a pie pan.

Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times Series:
Frugal $50 Thanksgiving Meal
From Scratch Thanksgiving Menu
From Scratch $50 Shopping Cart
Store Bought $50 Shopping Cart
Thanksgiving Blessing Bags
Quickie Thanksgiving Recipes
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Frugal Dessert Recipes and Costs
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Make Ahead Thanksgiving Timeline
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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Links
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