How to shop on a budget and prepare a healthy lunch on Thanksgiving

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By: Phil Bradford
on 9th Nov,2017

Planning and cooking for a party on Thanksgiving gets tough at times. Here are a few tips to spend a healthy Thanksgiving this year!
How to shop on a budget and prepare a healthy lunch on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving gets brighter and jolly only when you invite your friends and family to your home for celebration!

But preparing a feast for all the guests requires a bit of planning, and sometimes might just become expensive!

So this Thanksgiving, make things easier, tastier, healthier, and cheaper with these few tips that you will just love to follow and apply.

Shopping tips for Thanksgiving:

People always complain that their expenses go out of hand on Thanksgiving! If you don’t have a fixed budget and a list prepared, before you go shopping, there are high chances you will end up buying unnecessary food and kitchenware supplies.

It’s actually pretty easy you know, making a budget and then going shopping, but with Thanksgiving it becomes a bit different!

Mainly you have to do grocery shopping and kitchenware! But it might get difficult as crockeries are expensive and unless you start cooking, you just don’t know what utensil is missing!!

You can do the following things to ease out the shopping:

  • If all the kitchenware and utensils will be for one-time use, then you can surely get them for rent.

    There’s a good deal of websites that offer kitchenware rental service. Why should you spend hundreds of dollars on wine glasses when you need them only for once?

    I also believe you can get serving trays, casseroles, and grills for rent too!

    There’s absolutely no point in bailing out on a good feast just because you need numbers of crockeries and your budget is tight!

    This money you can invest in your grocery and turkey shopping, and get the utensils for rent. Trust me, you will be able to have a grand party this way!

  • When you head into a grocery shop for food items, try to buy them in bulk!

    As Thanksgiving hits the year, people hop on a shopping spree. We all start our Christmas shopping from this day itself.

    So, there are many malls and shops that lay out heavy discounts for those who buy in bulk.

    Say you buy a good amount of cheese that serves Thanksgiving, Christmas and New year!

    Same thing goes for the wine and spirits. You will surely get discounts if you buy bottles in a pair.

  • It is not that you have to buy everything on your own.

    Whenever someone’s asking you what should they bring in from their side, don’t feel shy to tell them the items that will help you a lot!

    You can surely ask them to bring in the apple pies, or ask them to prepare the cranberry sauce, or bring in a bottle of wine!

So, those were the little tips that will definitely help you if you have to do your shopping within a budget!

But how will you know what to shop, if don’t have a rough idea of what dishes you have À-la-carte?

Thus, to ease out your Thanksgiving planning and turn it into a healthier and a budget-friendly luncheon, I have got something rolled up my sleeve!

As the starter:

You can have Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts and Apple Chips served with a cup of hot coffee!

They won’t be that high in calories and are really budget friendly.

1 Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts :

Ingredients: (For 4 servings)

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • Caesar dressing, for dipping (optional)

Recipe: First preheat the oven to an optimum temperature, say 400 Fahrenheit.

Take 3 shallow bowls - one for flour, one for eggs, and in the third bowl whisk together panko bread crumbs, parmesan, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne.

Take the brussel sprouts, throw them (slowly) into the flour, and when covered with flour, dip into the battered eggs, and then put them into the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture!

Then, bake them till they are crispy and turn yellowish!

Serve with the caesar dressing!

2 Apple chips:

Ingredients: (For 2 servings)

  • Apples, thinly sliced
  • Sugar (depends on how much sweet you want it to be)
  • Rock salt (little)
  • Cinnamon

Recipe: Take the slices and sprinkle over it equally, a perfect mixture of sugar, rock salt, and cinnamon, and bake the slices for 45 min.-1 hour at somewhere about 150 to 200 Fahrenheit. Fluctuate the temperature between 150-200 Fahrenheit, at times, to get a smooth taste.

So, enjoy the Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts and Apple chips with a cup of cappuccino!

The main course!

I am thinking of wearing an Arabian turban this Thanksgiving and feel like a Sultanate. As Dire Straits said, “We are the Sultans of Swing”!

Jokes apart, I plan to do Shawarma on this Thanksgiving, and would really feel glad if other people join me on this Shawarma Escapade!

3 Shawarma

Ingredients: (For 6 servings)

  • Turmeric - ½ tsp
  • Cilantro - A handful
  • Cumin- 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper - 2 tbsp
  • Paprika- 1 tbsp
  • Turkey - 3lb
  • Onion - 2 large
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pita breads - 12 (2 each)

It’s actually pretty easy to cook this.

Make a mixture of all the above-stated spices. Take some of the mixture and spread it evenly in between the skin and the flesh of the turkey! You can even use butter with this mixture to keep the turkey moist!

Now freeze the turkey. Leave it in your refrigerator overnight.

Take it out an hour or so before you cook the next day!

Now, slice the turkey, best if you can shred it into medium size pieces.

Then, take the skillet, pour the olive oil, and warm it! Now, slice the onion and toss it into the skillet and sprinkle the spice mixture that’s left!

As the onions start to soften, add the shredded turkey and cook it evenly with a wooden spoon till the turkey becomes crisp.

Once the turkey is cooked, keep it aside, and bake the Pita bread slices.

Roll the pita pieces of bread along with the cooked turkey and serve it! You can also add a warm bowl of pure veg corn soup as a side dish!

Voila, your shawarma is done!

And last but not the least, what can possibly take the place of apple pies as a dessert? It would fit into your budget and will go well with the Shawarma!

And remember the wine. What’s a Thanksgiving lunch without wine?

All the greetings for Thanksgiving!. Don’t forget to comment how it tasted!

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