If you grew up on the east coast of Canada, you’re probably no stranger to the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with an over-the-top turkey dinner and all the “fixins” – we’re talkin’ stuffing, we’re talkin’ cranberries, we’re talkin’ heaps and heaps of mashed potatoes. Usually, your biggest worry is remembering your stretchy pants or choosing which movie you will fall asleep to when you will take your after-turkey nap.
But this year, if you live in New Brunswick, you have probably just scrapped your Thanksgiving weekend plans to stay home. With the recent “circuit breaker” announcement most people will be staying put with a homesick shaped void that only a Thanksgiving dinner can fill.
Many students will consider cooking their own Thanksgiving meal for the first time. This can be an ambitious venture that requires a significant amount of time and money. If you are a college student, you are probably lacking in both those areas, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out!
We have uncovered 3 easy alternative Thanksgiving meal recipes that can be made on a student budget. Make a dinner for one, or propose a family meal with your roommate. These super easy alternative recipes can help to fill that turkey shaped hole in your heart.
This is a take on the classic French Canadian poutine but with the addition of turkey, stuffing and cranberry to resemble that highly anticipated Thanksgiving dinner. Though there are many delicious recipes for Turkey Poutine online, this one has been altered and simplified to reflect a college budget.
These amazing open face hot turkey sandwiches are real comfort food.
Apple crisp is a staple at any festive family meal, likely because it is relatively easy to make with few ingredients.
There are lots of great recipes out there, but we have included a link to our absolute favourite:
Alternatively, many local Moncton restaurants are offering take-out options for turkey dinners and hot turkey sandwiches. These diner style restaurants offer that “home cooked meal” feel, provide in-house dining, take-out and some home delivery.
Hynes Restaurant https://www.hynesrestaurant.ca/
Jeans Restaurant https://jeansrestaurants.com/
Steve’s Diner https://www.stevesdiner.ca/
Regardless of how you decide to spend your Thanksgiving long weekend, be sure to connect with friends and family, and carve out some time familiarize yourself with the significance of the holiday. It is true that the modern perception of Thanksgiving is that it is an excuse to over indulge and spend time with family. However, coming off the tails of the first Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada, it would be irresponsible not to observe the origin of this holiday and the tension it has created.
Please take a moment to read these two informative articles as they describe the origin of the holiday as observed by settlers and the indigenous.