Updated on 11.18.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Turkey Day Edition

Trent Hamm

For this week’s roundup, I dug deep into my own site archives as well as the archives of other sites for some great articles about the upcoming holiday – saving money on it, utilizing resources effectively, and making the day as valuable to all involved as possible.

Enjoy, and have fun tomorrow.

5 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner Besides Going Potluck A nice little collection of clever ideas here by the always-entertaining Thursday Bram. (@ money ning)

10 Tactics for a Cheaper (and Saner) Thanksgiving Dinner I wrote (and researched) this out of frustration of a few Thanksgiving dinners that had gotten out of control. (@ the simple dollar)

The Not-So-Ancient History of 10 Thanksgiving Dishes This is just pure good trivia to toss out there during the Thanksgiving meal as a conversation starter. I know I’ve stored away a few nuggets from it. (@ mental floss)

Seven Tips for a Thrifty Thanksgiving Thanksgiving – or any event where lots of people eat lots of food – offers lots of savings opportunities. Here are seven good ones. (@ the simple dollar)

Turkey gumbo: Perfect for after Thanksgiving guests This is the single best idea I’ve seen for re-using Thanksgiving dinner. (@ mother nature network)

Seven Quick Tips To Make Your Thanksigiving Dinner Cheaper, Tastier, and Faster Seven more tips for improving your Thanksgiving dinner in more ways than one. (@ the simple dollar)

A Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner This is going to be my pumpkin pie this year. (@ bay area bites)

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  1. Amanda says:

    I’m vegan but eat no soy. I’m allergic. As is my huband and two friends I know of. I believe soy is an item in the “not good for anyone” category especially non-organic as it is heavily pestisized. Not to put a downer on your pie but try to avoid eating soy regularly.

  2. Johanna says:

    A lot of the anti-soy articles I’ve seen are from organizations with an anti-vegetarian agenda. As such, I don’t consider them to be reliable sources of information. That’s something to keep in mind when deciding whether you believe soy is “not good for anyone”

    Of course, if you’re allergic to soy – or to any other food – it makes perfect sense not to eat it.

  3. Bill says:

    The gumbo sounds great, I’m going to try and abscond with the turkey carcass tomorrow and give this a try.

  4. Rebecca says:

    To echo Johanna, many asian cultures have been eating tofu and tempe for centuries, and they are some of the healthiest and longest lived people on the planet. If you are concerned about pesticides, much of the tofu and tempe available is organic, or at least non GMO.

  5. Mel says:

    To continue with the offtopic-ness, what exactly are the health concerns with soy? I’ve tried searching but only came up with scientific articles that put me to sleep before I got to the “soy” of the matter…

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Jut a comment on the ‘History of thanksgivings food’ article–I wouldn’t trust it too much. The whole section on mincemeat pie is completely bogus–the description of coffin-shaped pies appears to be based on a deep misunderstanding of period terminology combined with a vivid imagination. This is in the same class of food history that ‘teaches’ that spaghetti was brought back from China by Marco Polo. Romantic, but not factual.

  7. valleycat1 says:

    #5 Mel – Utne reader has a readable article about the concerns – partly about eating within one’s ethnic group/nationality & the perils of eating outside that. Apparently soy processed foods are more problematic, & soy is highly allergenic (I didn’t know that before you asked the q!). My problem is with not exposing myself to too much estrogen from any source due to my previous health history. But as long as soy is just a part of a varied diet, it shouldn’t be too much of problem unless one is actually allergic to it.

  8. con says:

    I read something about soy the other day…take it with a grain of salt. But, it said that soy benefits you more if you are very young or pre-memnpausal. Do not eat it if you have a history in your family of breast cancer. I will try to find the link. I am vegan and love soy but I will stay away from it now just to be safe. If anyone is interested about it, it’s all over the internet. Who knows?

  9. con says:

    pre-menopausal. It’s late.

  10. Fawn says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to your family, Trent!! :D Enjoy!

  11. Gretchen says:

    *Processed* soy.

    It is my understanding they question processed soy when you have tyhroid issues, also. I assume that’s also true for men (ie, Trent).

  12. littlepitcher says:

    This bunch doesn’t like mincemeat, but homemade mincemeat is better and cheaper than store-bought.
    Apple mincemeat recipes abound, but far better: pear mincemeat made with still-hard pears, apple cider and dark raisins, homemade candied pumpkin (if you can keep your kids from stealing it off the counter!) substituted for the citron, and wild nuts.

    Homegrown frozen corn, home-canned green beans, dressing made from leftover cornbread and ends of light bread saved in the freezer, keep costs down enough for me to serve a big dinner.

  13. Lee says:

    I made turkey gumbo yesterday to rave reviews from my family. This recipe Trent links to is a good one. I suggest simmering the turkey carcass longer (I did it in the crockpot overnight). Follow the same procedures for making homemade chicken stock (something Trent has written about before), using veggies and herbs. Use the stock in the gumbo the next day along with any leftover turkey meat cut into bite sized pieces. Very good stuff.

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