Thinking of having a Thanksgiving celebration with your friends? All you need is a microwave and a mini fridge. Nisa Burns, author of Kitchenability101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy and Delicious Food, gives several different options for those hoping to recreate a home-cooked meal.
“I like my cooking message. Although I like the gourmet side of cooking, it just isn’t practical. I try to focus on getting college students healthy, delicious meals and trying to get them to experiment in the kitchen,” said Burns.
Recreating a Thanksgiving meal with just a microwave is easier than you think, Burns said. To make sweet potatoes, start by peeling them and placing them in a microwave-safe bowl; then cook them for about 8-9 minutes. After they are soft, either mash them up or serve them whole and complete the dish by adding any desired toppings such as butter or cinnamon.
You can make stuffing by buying a pre-packaged mix and adding any additional ingredients such as breadcrumbs, minced onions and celery, melted butter, chicken broth or dried cranberries. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and microwave for about 6 minutes, then serve immediately.
Instead of buying turkey, which is expensive and requires a long cooking time, the author suggests purchasing a rotisserie chicken which can be served immediately or stored in a refrigerator and heated up in a microwave for later. You can make a simple cranberry relish to accompany the chicken. The ingredients include:
1 12-oz. bag fresh cranberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
What You Do
1. Place half the bag of cranberries in a blender or food processor.
2. Cut up the entire orange—skin and all—and place it in the blender or food processor.
3. Cut the apple into good-sized chunks and place them into the blender or food processor.
5. Add the vanilla extract. Blend once again, until it becomes a smooth, semi-chunky texture and you are good to go. Freeze any leftover relish for future use.
Don’t forget your greens. Purchase green beans, peas, broccoli or any other kind of frozen vegetable to add some veggies to your dinner plate.
No feast is complete without dessert. Burns suggests a No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie, a delicious and simple dessert that requires little more than mixing and refrigeration.
8 oz cream cheese
¾ cup crunchy peanut butter
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 9-oz. container whipped topping
1 graham cracker pie crust
chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings (optional)
What You Do
1. Combine the cream cheese, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer or mix very well with a regular spoon until creamy.
2. Fold in the container of whipped topping.
3. Spoon the mixture into the piecrust.
4. Cover with parchment paper and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill.
5. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top if desired.
For more recipes for college students check out Burns’ cookbook and make sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or contact her on her website: http://kitchenability.com/kitchenability-1…llege-cookbook/.