Are you looking for ways to make your Thanksgiving dinner more affordable? Everything seems more expensive these days, and hosting dinner this holiday season is no exception.
According to CNN, prices are higher thanks to avian flu outbreaks and inflation’s impact on gas, feed, and labor costs. Frozen turkey prices are up from $1.15 per pound this time last year to $1.47 per pound this year, according to the USDA. That’s an increase of nearly 28% per pound, which has led some to consider serving something else for Thanksgiving.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want a more affordable Thanksgiving dinner or just want to try something different this year, these are some alternatives to a traditional Turkey Day dinner:
- Try a different bird or cut of meat – Del Coro notes that game meats were once a common staple for Americans. They added, “Venison was certainly part of the original Thanksgiving meal and is seasonally appropriate.” If you want to stick with poultry, he suggests guinea hen, pheasants and duck as replacements. They’re “more readily available and less expensive than turkey.”
- Revamp your menu to honor Native Americans -Use ingredients we think of to be “traditional” Thanksgiving meal – like squash, corn, wild rice and root vegetables. You can also focus on foods prepared by tribes in the area where you live. Think salmon and berries in the Pacific Northwest or tamales in the Southwest.
- Go plant-based – No one’s suggesting you serve Tofurky, but you could tweak side dishes. Maybe swapping chicken broth for veggie broth. Plant-based dishes that highlight seasonal vegetables also add color to a menu that’s often mostly brown and beige. Plus, when you’re buying in season, prices are lower.