How to do Thanksgiving in College


Thanksgiving dinner is the king of all feasts. Please, tell me — when else is it socially acceptable to gorge yourself with a 30-pound turkey, rich buttery trimmings, marshmallow-topped casseroles, and countless pies? AND you get to eat it all over again the next day and maybe even create a few new tasty creations. Thanksgiving is near and dear to my heart and will always be my favorite holiday.

But, let’s take a step back, college students. Thanksgiving can be a little bit stressful. Many students won’t be able to return home for this special holiday because they will be stuck at school hundreds of miles from home. Also, Thanksgiving always falls right around midterms season! Thanksgiving season can feel like being trapped in a pressure cooker… especially when you have to finish that 15-page research paper right before school is back in session.


With all you stressed-out college students in mind, I have collected some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes and I am posting it for you to enjoy. Check out my techniques and tricks that will make sure you can reproduce Thanksgiving in a cheap and easy way. These recipes are very dumbed down and without any impossible-to-find exotic ingredients, so you can be sure to reproduce these dishes in your dormitory’s microkitchen. Invite all your floormates who aren’t going home for Thanksgiving to join you for this feast. And oh yeah, I don’t encourage using any canned ingredients for this feast. Trust me on this, you really can do Thanksgiving dinner from scratch in a flash!

If you have any additional tips and tricks you’d like to share, please feel free to share a comment below and I will highlight it for all to see. Enjoy this epic College Thanksgiving Feature Spread! It took weeks of planning, and I do it in the name of love — love for college students, healthy(ish) eating, and the holiday spirit.

Click the links below to view helpful resources and recipes for your Thanksgiving extravaganza!

College Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping List

Example College Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Essential Thanksgiving Recipes:
1. Thanksgiving Chicken Breasts
2. Candied Yams with Marshmallows
3. Mashed Potatoes
4. Cranberry Sauce
5. Basic Thanksgiving Stuffing
6. Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
7. Easy Homemade Gravy

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