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Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Mr. BFS and I have started hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for friends every year and also attend one or two other get togethers that week to boot.  That means we end up cooking a lot in November.  It also means that we’d go broke if we couldn’t come up with some cheap side dishes.  Just click on any of these names to see the step-by-step recipes if you are interested.  🙂

Here are my cheap favorites:

1)  Sweet Potatoes – I’ve posted our step-by-step recipe here before, and they are a huge hit around the holidays!  You’ll need sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, and orange juice.  Combine them as shown and you’ll be all set for less than $4!  For every day use, you could also try them out with these chicken breast recipes.

2)  Corn Bread Dressing – My husband made this recipe for the first time last year and we LOVED it!  You can see the step-by-step recipe here.  You’ll need 2 pans of cornbread (either from a box, your favorite recipe, or find one like this one if you’d like), 2 stalks of celery, 1 onion, 4 boiled eggs, 1 teaspoon of sage, and 3-4 cups of chicken broth.  Chop the celery, onion, and eggs and mix them into a large bowl with your crumbled cornbread.  Stir or fold in the sage and broth.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes and enjoy for about $4-$5!

3)  Pineapple Stuffing – This is another recipe I’ve posted here with pictures that MikeS sent in.  It has been a huge hit with my husband’s family so far and I’ll be bringing it to my parent’s house Thanksgiving Day!  You’ll need sugar, butter, eggs, white bread, and crushed pineapple.  Combine them as shown and you’ll be all set for less than $3.75!

4)  Corn Souffle – You may remember this one from early last year.  You’ll need 2 cans of  kernel corn, 2 cans of cream-style corn, 24 oz sour cream, 3 eggs, 2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, and 8 oz of your favorite cheese.  Mixing this up and cooking it is super easy and ends up only costing $6.75!

Any one of these ends up working great for our dinners, but I won’t hide it, the sweet potatoes are the ones most often requested.  😀

What are your favorite Thanksgiving sides?

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Yum! Feeding a crowd can get expensive quickly, especially for a full Thanksgiving dinner. These Thanksgiving side dishes are quick and easy and also nice and affordable. Sweet potatoes are the most popular side dish I make, because they're delicious!



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8 thoughts on “Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

  1. One of my favorites is the old standby of green bean casserole. You can sprinkle them with cheddar flavored onion bits on top for a slightly varying twist. It always hits the spot right around Thanksgiving!

  2. Plain Jiffy cornbread. I am easy to please 🙂

  3. I have pretty simple tastes. I consider these as “must haves” at any Thanksgiving feast: roasted sweet potatoes (just plain roasted ones; no marshmallow topping and no extra sweeteners added); brussels sprouts (roasted is good, but also have a great recipe prepared stove top that includes butter, soy sauce, and thyme leaves); cranberry sauce (make it on the stove top with fresh cranberries and half water/half orange juice and it is delicious). I don’t care for most sauces and gravies and none of these have anything like that. To add a bit more color to the list of the above, some glazed carrots would be a good addition. Really, one should focus more on the absolute most important things for a great Thanksgiving feast: turkey and pie! 😉

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