Low Cost Holiday Meal Tips

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With rising grocery store prices, we want to give you some suggestions to save money this year on your holiday meals. One of the first things you can do is to do some meal planning so you can make sure you have the necessary ingredients on hand or you can tailor your menu using what you already have available. During this meal planning time, one of the decisions you can make is to decide to prepare less food. We always have excess food or too much unhealthy food that we wish later that we had not prepared so much food. During this time of year, turkey prices rise because there is such a high demand. Therefore, maybe think about switching it up and serving a different protein such as ham, fish, pork loin, etc. Some of our dishes call for extra ingredients, toppings, or condiments so maybe cooking a little more simply with less ingredients would help reduce costs and cut calories. And as always, have a plan for those leftovers. Below is a sample recipe from Maine Cooperative Extension to help you use up some of that leftover turkey. For more information on our Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online.

Turkey Pasta Salad

“Mainely Dish”: Turkey Pasta Salad

– serves 4

  • 2 cups pasta noodles, cooked
  • 1 ½ tsp chives, dried
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 2/3 cups cooked turkey, diced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup celery, thinly diced

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Stir chives into mayonnaise. Lightly mix together pasta, turkey, grapes, and celery. Stir in mayonnaise/chive mixture. Chill well and serve.