Healthy Holiday Meals On A Dime
This is a Guest Post, courtesy of Edward Stern, blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and writer for accredited online colleges for Guide to Online Schools.
This holiday season, you don’t have to break the bank to create healthy holiday meals the whole family will enjoy. Too often families over spend unnecessarily on ingredients when cheaper options are available – ones that will taste just as good.
First off, when buying meat for a holiday feast, go for turkey or ham rather than goose or duck. You’ll get much more bang for your buck: goose and duck are expensive, and you’ll be dismayed at how quickly their meat is gone. On the other hand, turkey and ham will be able to feed large families for several meals.
When planning holiday meals, think of what will make for great leftovers as well. Those turkey and ham leftovers will make awesome sandwiches and other creations for days to come. A personal favorite is open-faced turkey sandwiches: get two pieces of bread, pile on leftover turkey, add whatever sides (stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.) are still left, and smother it all in gravy, then heat. Extremely simple and quick, and for my money, just as good as the original meal.
When making gravies, don’t bother with getting anything at the store – just cook from scratch. If you made a turkey, all you’ll need is the dripping after baking and a little bit of flour.
For ingredients, cook from scratch with what you have-be sure to go over your pantry and plan ahead before grocery shopping-and buy seasonal or canned vegetables. Seasonal vegetables will be cheaper and fresh. Canned vegetables are very cheap and honestly no one will notice the difference. Oftentimes these are seriously marked down at grocery stores around the holidays.
Dessert is an area where people often spend outside their budgets, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Pumpkin pie is a standard, but the ingredients can get pricey and a pie won’t last you too long outside of the one feast. Instead, consider going with something a little different, such as a pumpkin cake. There’s a great recipe for one here and it’s pretty easy to make. You’ll probably already have almost all the ingredients in your pantry, it will keep well, and it will be a nice dessert in the days to come after the big meal.
The holiday season can get expensive. Make easy substitutions, plan ahead, and enjoy your leftovers to stay within your budget during this special time of year. Happy cooking and happy holidays!
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