A Thanksgiving recipe guide for college students who can’t be home this holiday. 

The holiday season is approaching, but this year is difficult for college students to be home. The ongoing pandemic has caused conflicts of transportation and high risks. But have no fear, by following this Thanksgiving guide of five recipes, you’ll be able to cook your own dinner on a budget.

Macaroni and cheese

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you can never go wrong with macaroni and cheese. This dish is a classic, and can’t be missed at the dinner table. While surviving on a college budget, you’ll be able to find the ingredients at the Dollar Store store where everything is around $1. This recipe is helpful because it can be made on the stovetop if you don’t want to use the oven. All you need is macaroni shells, butter, flour, seasoning, heavy whipping cream, cheddar and mozzarella cheese. By following the recipe linked, it will be the easiest and quickest way to make macaroni and cheese on your own this holiday season.

Total Cost: $9.00

Cozy turkey rice casserole

Finding the right way to add ham or turkey to your Thanksgiving dinner can be challenging, especially if you’re a college student who still hasn’t learned how to cook all that well. But this recipe may just save the day. Follow the steps and make sure to grab the right ingredients for this recipe to come out how it should. This turkey recipe can be replaced with chicken if you are unable to provide a turkey. With this dish, you won’t be missing your family’s famous turkey. Plus, changing up the classic turkey dish by turning it into a casserole wields some fun into the cooking game.

Total Cost: $12.00

Crispy herb roasted potatoes 

Perfecting mashed potatoes is a science, especially if you’re not used to cooking in the kitchen yourself. Some might argue potatoes are a very important part of Thanksgiving dinner. These crispy herb roasted potatoes won’t disappoint. You will need potatoes, extra virgin oil, minced fresh garlic, fresh herbs, seasoning and an oven. This easy and super quick recipe will be done in 30 minutes — you’ll be glad you chose roasted potatoes over mashed potatoes this holiday season.

Total Cost: $6.00

Oven-roasted brussel sprouts with bacon 

You need a vegetable dish for your meal just so you can say you’re eating healthy. These oven-roasted brussel sprouts with bacon add a great balance of greens and meat. If you are not a meat lover, you can make this recipe without bacon by replacing it with seasoned green beans and parmesan cheese. This dish will be made in the oven with ingredients you already have in your pantry or ones you can find at a local grocery store. You will need brussel sprouts, olive oil, seasoning and thin-sliced bacon or a substitute. You’ll add all of the ingredients together and bake it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Total Cost: $10.00

Apple pie mug cake 

We are now onto the best part — dessert! This is a perfect option for students because it is made in a mug and in the microwave. These ingredients can be found at the nearest grocery store or 99 Cent Only Stores. You will need flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, milk, butter, vanilla extract, apple pie filling and some vanilla ice cream to top the pie off. What is convenient about this recipe is that once you have all the ingredients, you simply throw everything into a mug and cook it in the microwave for two minutes. This recipe gives college students the ability to stay on a budget, cook an easy dessert and enjoy a small taste of Thanksgiving sweets.

Total Cost: $12.00