8 Thanksgiving Recipes That Won’t Bust Your Grocery Budget

Event Planning, Living & Spending
on November 14, 2014

Food, drinks, decor… holiday expenses add up in a hurry—which is precisely why we look to the blogosphere for low-budget inspiration anytime we plan a holiday occasion. And so, in the spirit of saving money during the holiday season, we’ve collected a handful of fabulous recipes for Thanksgiving from a crop of our favorite budget bloggers. Enjoy!

Green Beans and Butternut Squash Salad 

Budget Thanksgiving Recipes


Green beans and butternut squash are Thanksgiving staples, and FrugalFeeding has prepared the perfect salad to satisfy seasonal cravings. Parsley, salt and pepper are all you need when fresh, flavorful vegetables can speak for themselves.

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

Pumpkin Sage Biscuit Recipe

Minimalist Baker

There’s nothing quite like a warm, savory roll to round out your Thanksgiving meal, and Minimalist Baker has perfected Pumpkin Sage Biscuits to celebrate the sweet flavors of fall. These fluffy rolls only require a few common kitchen staples and pumpkin puree.

Mile High Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel 

Thanksgiving Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Recipe

Budget Gourmet Mom

Impress your Thanksgiving guests with this Mile High Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel from Budget Gourmet Mom. The pie uses common baking ingredients along with inexpensive additions of pumpkin puree, gingersnaps and pecans. Krista at Budget Gourmet Mom even walks you through the shopping process so you can make this elaborate cake without overspending.

Vegan Carrot Butternut Squash Soup 

Budget Thanksgiving Recipes

Young, Broke and Hungry

A cozy soup is a great addition to any Thanksgiving table—or a great light lunch leading up to the main event. This Vegan Carrot Butternut Squash Soup from Young, Broke and Hungry has a toasty fall flavor that would pair especially well with those Pumpkin Sage Biscuits.

Spinach Pesto Quinoa 

Spinach Pesto Quinoa Recipe

Table for Two

Table for Two’s Spinach Pesto Quinoa yields four servings, so you may want to make an extra batch or two. Fortunately, a little quinoa goes a long way, and the complete recipes calls for only five cheap ingredients.

Easy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole Recipe

Simple As That

There is no Thanksgiving dinner without a casserole or two. Luckily, Simple As That has made an Easy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole with few ingredients, including cheese and broccoli, making this the ultimate holiday comfort food.

Soy Dijon Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes 

Thanksgiving Chicken Recipe

Budget Bytes

If you’re opting out of roasted turkey, chicken thighs are the ultimate in hearty, inexpensive protein. Budget Bytes marinades the chicken in brown sugar and soy sauce for a unique flavor, perfectly complemented by sweet and savory sweet potatoes. These Soy Dijon Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes will be the talk of the table.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles for Thanksgiving

Frugal Foodie Mama

Who says you can’t have cookies for dessert on Thanksgiving? The Frugal Foodie Mama’s Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles use cake mix for an extra fluffy dessert that captures the pumpkin flavor we all crave on Thanksgiving, plus the decadent addition of dark chocolate.


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