It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
It’s that time of year again! The second Monday of October is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for Canadian Thanksgiving, or Action de grâce as it’s called in Quebec. But who can deal with the hassle, stress and cost of a full Canadian Thanksgiving dinner?
This stress-free, easy guide will show you how to prepare an entire Canadian Thanksgiving feast using ingredients purchased exclusively at the Dollar Store. Feed your entire family for under $10 CAD and stay free from stress. People from provinces across the nation of Canada, from Manitoba to British Columbia will love these Great Canadian Dollar Store variations on Canadian classics! Don’t waste your hard earned paycheck on a hefty grocer’s bill from Loblaw’s…eat fresh, healthy and deliciously with these simple Great Canadian Dollar Store ingredients.
What Canadian Thanksgiving would be complete without a hot, piping pile of Stuffing? This Canadian Thanksgiving treat is made from old scraps of bread. But who has time to collect and cultivate old bread, chop up aged loaves and deal with the messy crumbs and cost prohibitive sauces and spices?
Here’s the easy dollar store solution!
Instead of chopping up old bread, why not use pre-chopped and aged breadcrumbs?
They are essentially the same thing as old bread chunks, but in a miniaturized version.
Take your breadcrumbs, dump them in a pan and pour in a container of Armour Vienna Sausages
These Sausage Bites are floating in Chicken Broth, which is an essential Stuffing Ingredient. The Yummy wieners will also spice up this Canadian Thanksgiving Classic. Traditionally, Stuffing calls for Onions and Celery. Why waste your time and money on fresh onions and celery, when you can buy Onion Powder and dump it right on?
The celery is a bit trickier. You will have to buy a can of Chicken Soup, and pull out the celery bits to add to the Stuffing. Many people (like myself) cannot stand the taste of celery, so I’ll skip this part. But if you do like Celery in Your Canadian Thanksgiving Stuffing, just grab a can of Healthy Choice Chicken with Rice Soup, pick out the pre-cooked Celery Chunks and sprinkle them on.
Now pre-heat your oven to 190 Celsius, bake for 35 minutes and voila! Canadian Thanksgiving Stuffing that’s just as good, if not better, than what you’d make using traditional ingredients, and at $4, who can beat it?
What You’ll Need
-1 package Seasoned Breadcrumbs
-1 can vienna sausages
-1 2 oz container onion powder
-1 can Chicken with Rice Soup (for celery) Optional
Pre-Heat Oven to 190 Celsius. DUmp all ingredients in pan. If celery is desired, pick from Chicken Soup can. Put in oven for 35 mintues.
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
My family can’t get enough of the traditional Canadian style Jellied Cranberry sauce. Nothing says Canadian Thanksgiving like a dollop of the Jellied Cran next to a steaming and fresh Turkey leg. Canada, in fact, is the world’s second-largest producer of this tart red fruit. But Jellying at home can be a nightmare. And unless you can afford to take time off work to travel to the annual Ontario Cranberry Harvest, good luck picking your own! Us Canucks love Cranberries so much that I’ve been to farms far too many times that have been picked clean, with not a single berry on the bush!
Luckily there’s no need to do all of that time consuming, expensive and DANGEROUS home jellying. Simply grab a can of Ruby Kist Jellied Cranberry Sauce. It tastes just like Grandma’s Canadian Jellied Sauces, but at this price point and convenience level, who can turn it down?
Turkey is the pièce de résistance, as the Québécois might call it, to any Canadian Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Turkey is a bird that costs a pretty penny at Loblaw’s, and is not affordable on a budget.
So instead of buying one, why not hunt a wild turkey? Turkeys can be found milling about in the woods of eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and the southern-most parts of the four western provinces. So grab your shotgun and hitch a VIA Rail to one of those regions. Once you’ve made your kill, use these Dollar Store scissors (or ciseaux in Quebec) to cut all the feathers off of the bird.
Your Turkey should look just like a store-bought one now! AS long as you cut off the head and the feathers it will look like a clean grocery store One!
Now, empty out the organs and throw them in the trash can. Grab a Large Rectangular Foil Roaster Pan from the Dollar Store and toss the bird in.
Pre-heat your over to 200 Celsius and cook it for about 5 hours. If it’s too dry, Add Dollar Store Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water to the pan to get the bird more wet and taste more juicy.
And there you have it! A delicious and traditional Canadian Thanksgiving meal for under $10 CAD.