These three recipes will help take your holiday food to the next level. (flickr)


Thanks­giving, a holiday known nationwide as a time for family, friends, and phe­nomenal food, is fast approaching. For many college stu­dents, going home to family for the five-day break just isn’t a reality. However, that doesn’t mean that the friends and food need be for­gotten! With these easy and inex­pensive recipes that utilize ingre­dients found at the local Kroger or Walmart, college Friends­giving can be as com­forting as your mom’s Thanks­giving.

Green Bean Casserole

Nothing beats mom’s green bean casserole except maybe this recipe! Fool your friends into thinking you’re a trained chef with this quick and easy recipe. Creamy mushroom soup with the crunchy fried onions and soft green beans makes for the perfect side dish at your Friends­giving table.

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 35 min


  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz.) con­densed cream of mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked cut green beans or 2 cans (14.5 oz each) green beans, drained
  • 1⅓ cups fried onions


  1. Mix soup, milk and pepper in a 1½ ‑qt. Baking dish. Stir in beans and ⅔ cup fried onions
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 min. Or until hot. Stir.
  3. Top with remaining ⅔ cup onions. Bake 5 min. Until onions are golden.


Mashed Potatoes

Ah, the classic mashed potatoes. Although not nec­es­sarily unique to Thanks­giving, mashed potatoes just bring to mind those sit-down meals with your family from way back when. It just wouldn’t be a holiday dinner without this tasty staple.

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min


  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quar­tered
  • 2 table­spoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or electric beater, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Apple Crisp

The aroma of apple pie wafting through the kitchen and into the living room create a sense of warmth and peace, knowing that the stress of the day is over and the final course is nearing. This apple crisp is a simple take on a fan favorite. Ditch the com­pli­cated crust and go for this clean, easy dish. Cook time is a little long so it’s rec­om­mended to put this in after everyone has just sat down to eat their other deli­cious dishes.

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 55 min


  • 6 apples — peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (18.25 oz) package white cake mix
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tea­spoon ground cin­namon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange apples in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. Pour water over apples.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together cake mix, brown sugar, and cin­namon. Stir in melted butter or mar­garine until ingre­dients are thor­oughly blended; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  4. Bake in pre­heated oven for 50 to 55 minutes.