Budget-friendly side dishes to bring to Thanksgiving dinner with family

As young adults, we won’t be able to merely show up and eat at Thanksgiving dinner for much longer. Soon we’ll be preparing our own holiday meals or at least contributing to the feast with side dishes and desserts.

Many quick and easy recipes are easy to find online through Pinterest, subReddits and food blogs.

ISU students have also come up with their own inexpensive and easy-to-prepare side dishes, revealing some pretty tasty results.

Consider these options if your aunt pulls a fast one on you and asks that you bring something along with you to her house on Thursday, or if you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving on campus with friends.

Senior philosophy major Devon Hartwig shared a recipe for parmesan green beans that she plans to make for her family this year, and said, “[They] are not only easy to make and affordable, but absolutely scrumptious.”

Senior costume design major Shelby Brand suggests a delicious recipe for vinegar cucumbers.

Prep time for this dish is admittedly not as quick as the green beans, but the unique side is assuredly worth the effort.

For a quick and delicious dessert option, senior acting major Abby Vombrack suggests cookie butter crescent rolls, which consist of nothing more than slathering the rolls with cookie butter while they’re lying flat on the pan and then slipping them into the oven for the time allotted on the package. It is also suggested that you try this recipe using Nutella.

For those looking for super low-maintence, and yet still super tasty last-minute options, follow the advice of seniors David Fisch and Zach Simmons, who suggest making a sweet dish of Craisins mixed with colorful mini-marshmallows.

According to Fisch, calling this dish “can” berries is a great way to make it sound more legitimate.

The most important part of any Thanksgiving meal is the care that went into putting it together. Bring one of the recipes listed over to your parents’ or grandmother’s house this year, and surprise them by how much you’ve learned in college.

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Devon’s Parmsean Green Beans

1. Rinse fresh green beans.
2. Add a little bit of olive oil to saturate them.
3. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.
4. Lay them on a cookie sheet.
5. Sprinkle grated parmesan over them and bake in the oven on 450 for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

Shelby’s Vinegar Cucumbers

What you will need:
2 cucumbers
2 onions
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups water

1. Cut cucumbers into slices.
2. Sprinkle on salt.
3. Put on baking pan with paper towel under and over the cucumbers. Put another baking pan on top and for an hour, to release extra liquid.
4. Slice onion.
5. Boil sugar, vinegar and water, then let cool.
6. Combine liquid, cucumbers, and onions.
7. Put in fridge overnight or for a day.

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