$30 serves 8 a Healthy Holiday Dinner

Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away and for many of us that means lots of great food. But it doesn’t have to mean a lot of calories, extra weight, and an empty wallet. Last weekend we figured out a traditional menu that will serve 8 people a healthy meal for $30.

Why is it healthy? The turkey is roasted—not fried, the food is homemade so it isn’t loaded with sodium like many of the  convenience foods, the vegetables and fruits are prepared letting the natural flavors shine rather than be smothered, and we have skipped the crust on the pie and gone right to the ‘good for you’ pumpkin filling.

My sister is trying to promote a “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving morning for us—just like they do in her husband’s hometown. The Turkey Trot is a 3K route and everyone walks or runs as far as they want and are able. This sounds like a great plan to me, and I think it would work with our family since we share the cooking. Walking and talking sure makes the exercise go more quickly.

Check out the turkey dinner recipes and see how we figured the costs.

-pointers from Peggy

8 thoughts on “$30 serves 8 a Healthy Holiday Dinner

  1. The link for the recipes is asking for authentication with a username and password. I’ve never had that happen before. Is there a problem with the link or my computer?

  2. Good morning, Kim,

    Please check the blog directly from the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. site. You should be able to open the attachment from there even though you could not access it form the email. https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings

    We plan to send a correction…you are not the only one receiving the request for username and password. Thanks for your patience!

  3. Thanks, I was able to open the file directly from the blog, but still not from the link in the first email.

  4. Thanks for the recipes and ideas. I love using roasted garlic in mashed potatoes — great flavor and garlic is inexpensive. I’m excited to try some of your other ideas as well.

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  6. I’m not a stick thin model by any means but I do like to stay healthy. When the holidays come around I usually stay in big clothes and hide all the mirrors. After a recommendation from a co-worker, she told me to check out a nutritionist named Rose Cole. I went to her site http://www.RoseCole.com/HolidayCookbook and found some amazing recipes that are great tasting and healthy! I highly recommend you check it.

  7. Great tips! I love hosting but could be expensive and trying to figure out how to serve good food that’s healthy. Thanks for the ideas!

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