Frugal Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes - A Bountiful Love

Frugal Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes

 If you are like me always looking for ways to save money, the food category is probably the first one that you will evaluate. I think it is very important to always re-evaluate how we spend our money on food- either our grocery budget or dining out budget. The holidays are upon us and it is never too early to plan these seasons. We can start by making a list of cheap and fun activities, meals for gatherings, gift lists, and most especially a list of priorities. Making a list of what to prioritize may not sound as important but hear me out. Sometimes, we just have to re-think what we do every holiday season.

 There were things or traditions that we always do when our kids were little but it doesn't seem to fit in our lifestyle right now.  As an example, when they were little we always visit a pumpkin patch located just a few minutes from our home. As the kids grow and so is the pumpkin patch's popularity. It had gotten so expensive. From a free entrance to a paid entrance and the rides and games had gotten pricier too. I am not against the growth and it is amazing that it had provided part-time jobs BUT we stopped going because it just doesn't fit our budget and our lifestyle anymore.

 There are meals that I always make every year as well. I want my girls to grow up with memories of food being prepared for each holiday season. I don't know if that makes sense to you but I grew up with certain specialty food being cooked on Christmas day... Christmas won't be the same without this particular food! Aside from the traditional meals that I make, I love trying new and drool-worthy side dishes that are frugal to make. For this year's Thanksgiving, I will plan on trying a couple new side dishes from the collection that I am sharing below. I hope that you give them a try!

1. Whipped Sweet Potatoes by The Short Order Cook

Creamy & fluffy whipped sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving delight. It’s a simple & frugal side dish that everyone loves.

These Garlic Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts make the perfect vegetable side dish with only 4 ingredients. You’ll whip up Brussels sprouts in a matter of minutes on the stovetop. It doesn’t hurt that they’re oil-free and gluten-free.

Creamy, fluffy, buttery, affordable,  and rustic mashed potatoes that don't require peeling! The best and easiest Thanksgiving side dish, ever.

These instant pot scalloped potatoes require basic ingredients to achieve a creamy-textured dish. Milk, heavy cream, and cheddar cheese are the key elements to turn it into an unforgettable treat!

We understand the temptation of just grabbing a store-bought cranberry sauce but if you give this homemade recipe a try you'll love it! It is more delicious and budget-friendly.

Carrot Salad is a surprisingly delicious, fresh, and light raw veggie salad made with 3 simple ingredients and a prep time of 5 minutes.

Looking for a simple side dish for your Thanksgiving feast this year and one that won't break the bank? Try this quick and easy Citrus & Herb Whipper Cauliflower alongside your perfectly cooked turkey or ham!

Roasted Radishes are a revelation! These are simple and easy to make. Roasting radishes will surely make you a fan of devouring more radishes.

This 5-Ingredient Maple Sweet Potato Casserole maximizes the caramel and vanilla flavors of maple syrup and the natural sweetness of the potatoes to bring a bold taste with just a few ingredients!

Smothered Potatoes are a very versatile Southern side dish that goes with just about any Southern meal. Made entirely from pantry staples with minimal prep and effort in less than 25 minutes, this is well-loved by the family potato side dish,

This French Bread Stuffing recipe is made completely from scratch, right down to the bread cubes! It serves 12 people and costs just $7.72 to make!

This savory bacon and green beans side dish recipe is easy to make, delicious, and makes the perfect accompaniment to your holiday menu.

Secret Ingredient Creamy Mac and Cheese. This comfort food recipe is perfect for a family meal, cozy date night, or special occasion.

Crockpot apple sausage stuffing is an easy side dish to make this Thanksgiving. Stovetop stuffing is combined with sweet Italian sausage and chopped apple for a homemade taste.

Butternut squash roasted in the air fryer frees up your oven and it comes out tender, crisp, and caramelized for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish.

This crispy, garlicky, and cheesy air fryer Brussel sprouts recipe is the perfect side dish for any holiday meal. Coated with fresh garlic and topped with nutritional yeast (or parmesan cheese), it is garlicky and cheesy vegan-friendly.

The classic side dish is packed with whole kernel corn in a delicious buttery creamy sauce you’ll love. Perfect for easy meals and a Thanksgiving recipe too.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples is a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving. Add some cranberries for a pop of color and a sprinkling of cinnamon for spice.

A lot of people do not like cauliflower because of its smell and bland taste. This recipe is easy, needs only a few ingredients that may already be inside your pantry, and is super tasty. Try it as a side dish with your Thanksgiving dinner.

An absolutely delicious vegan twist on a classic side dish. Created with thinly sliced potatoes layered between tender leaves of cabbage, creamy plant-based cheese, and baked to perfection. You’re going to love this simple 4-ingredient, gluten-free recipe!

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