Christmas Dinner on a Budget

Sing it with me everyone, “Oh, Crappy Day!” I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty tired of this rain. I hate to say it but at this point I’d much rather have snow. Not gross slushy snow but the big fluffy kind that could turn this city into a winter wonderland. The rain is literally putting a damper on my Christmas spirit so I’ve decided to fight back the urge to turn into a total Scrooge and give you some holiday meal ideas that won’t ruin your budget.

$50 Budget
You can actually do the traditional turkey meal (minus alcohol) for only $50. Pretty unbelievable isn’t it? Not when you can find a turkey for $12-$15!!!

So here is your $50 menu plan:

Baked Brie (Just throw it in a 350 oven for about 5 minutes)

Garlic Crustini (slice horizontally place in oven until golden and rub with a clove of garlic)

Cranberry Walnut Coulis (Grab a pot put 1 cup whole cranberries, 3/4 cup water, 1 tbsp sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped walnuts to taste)

Oven Roasted Turkey (Rub butter over and under the skin, stuff with your favourite stuffing, and place in a 350 oven until internal temperature of 165 has been reached. Baste often)

Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Make these your own. Plain with butter and milk, blue cheese and bacon, roasted garlic, sour cream- nothing is wrong so really go for it!)

Candied Turnip (Cut into chuncks discarding the rind and treat as potatoes. Boil, mash and add 1/2 large stick of butter, brown sugar and salt to taste. It should taste like a savoury caramelized turnip)

There you have it! A wonderful holiday dinner for less so you can have money left over for presents! Do you have any more dinner ideas on a budget? Email us at

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the eater’s guide to christmas dinner

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They say a true lady never reveals her weight, which is why I’m not going to do it here. I will admit, however, that I love me some Christmas dinner. Every year I ditch the diet and go all out and this year will be no exception.

First of all, you should know that I don’t believe in diets at all. I pretty much eat whatever I want. That isn’t to say that I just walk around inhaling junk food all day (only some days). I just find that if I eat when I’m hungry and pay attention to the things that my body tells me it craves, I generally do okay. That means also paying attention to my sweet/salty cravings too. If I don’t I become a maniac and I find myself binging on whatever food I happen to crave at the moment. Or even worse, I start eating really weird things at really weird times of day so I can shut up that annoying voice in my head telling me I want something sweet. Like eating canned icing with a spoon after a three-day chocolate craving that wasn’t satisfied. Trust me, it’s not a good place to be.

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