Or, maybe you’re terribly busy?
Perhaps you’re cooking for just one or two people?
Here’s how to lay an inexpensive holiday spread in about 15 minutes so you can spend your time and money on better things.
“Lazy or efficient? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny
Lazy Cook Holiday Meal
- Turkey Meat in thick-cut slabs (~1/4 to 1/2 lb. per person, ~$7.00/lb.)
- 1 can Chicken or Turkey Broth (~$0.68)
- 1 box Stuffing Mix (turkey flavor is great, ~$1.25)
- 1 can Cranberry Sauce (~$1.28)
- Canned Vegetables for side dishes (~$1.00 ea.)
- 1 can Pie Filling (apple is great, ~$2.00)
- 1 or 2 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (~$1.78 ea.)
- Optional: Whipped Cream (~$3.50) or Cool Whip
Makes a variable number of servings.
Buying turkey meat at the deli counter removes the hassles (and mishaps) of baking a bird and allows you to buy only as much as you need (for the meal and any planned leftovers). Be sure to ask for thick-cut slabs (~8 mm).
Using broth instead of water for the stuffing will make it more flavorful but watch the amount of sodium! Pour some of the broth over the turkey meat while heating.
See my 1-Minute Easy-as-Pie recipe for the pie ingredient tips.
Most of these products have coupons available online (check Coupons.com and brand websites). For 2016, I used these coupons: $1.00 off 1 lb. Butterball turkey from the deli counter and $1.00 off 3 Keebler pie crusts.
- Measure out the broth needed for the stuffing (replacing water in the box directions).
- Pour excess broth over the turkey and heat it in the toaster oven (~5-10 minutes).
- Boil the broth for the stuffing in a saucepan (~3 minutes).
- Prepare pie per my 1-Minute Easy-as-Pie recipe.
- Flip the turkey slab or use a long spoon to baste it with the broth.
- Stir the stuffing crumbs into the boiling broth, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes.
- Microwave vegetables (~30-60 seconds each).
- Put cranberry sauce in a serving container (we prefer to leave it can-shaped).
Once the turkey pan cools, pour the broth over the leftover turkey to keep it moist and marinated in the fridge.
Eat some 1-Minute Easy-as-Pie for dessert.