Thanksgiving Student Style

Thanksgiving is without a doubt my favourite holiday. To me it stands for family, friends and food. Which also happen to be my three favourite things. My mum has always had an open-door policy for holidays, anyone who doesn’t have somewhere to go is welcome to come over. We’ll find a way to fit everyone in and we always have more than enough food. I’ve never spent a Thanksgiving away from home, but I know it’s something that happens for many students. Maybe you’re studying abroad, or your school is across the country and you just can’t make it home for Thanksgiving. This post is for you. Thanksgiving should never pass by without a celebration.

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So what makes this student style? Well, it’s budget friendly and not nearly as intimidating as you would think. There was no way I was going to roast a whole turkey, so I opted for roasting turkey thighs instead, because they are cheap, delicious and simple to make. The first step was heading to No Frills where I picked up four turkey thighs and all the trimmings for my Thanksgiving dinner and added 10,000 points (that’s worth $10!) to my PC Plus card while I was at it. I’m already starting to rack up the points and it’s so much fun to see what my personalized offers are for the week. (See what I made last week). I think that by this time next week, I’ll have been able to redeem 20,000 points for dollars off my grocery bill. I’ve already got a few of my friends hooked on PC Plus because it doesn’t get any better than saving money on groceries, and I like to spread the love. Have you signed up yet?

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So my fellow students, put away those books and get cooking. And cutting corners is totally ok in this case. Go for the canned cranberry sauce and the boxed stuffing if that’s your thing. I’ve done it before, it’s just the way things work out sometimes. Here’s what I served:

Roasted Turkey Thighs (recipe below)
Roast Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Gluten Free Apple Crisp and President’s Choice vanilla bean ice cream

Yields Serves 4-6

Sage Roasted Turkey Thighs

5 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

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  • 4 turkey thighs
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • For gravy:
  • 1 tbsp flour + 2 tbsp water
  • Pan drippings


  1. Preheat oven to 325 and oil a roasting pan with olive oil.
  2. Using your fingers, loosen the skin on the turkey breast, and place two sage leaves underneath. Repeat for remaining thighs. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut half the butter into small pieces and place these underneath the skin along with the sage leaves.
  4. Divide the remaining butter into quarters and place on top of the turkey thighs.
  5. Cover with tinfoil and roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Remove tin foil, baste with pan juices and roast for another 15 minutes uncovered.
  7. Turn up the broiler, and broil for 1-3 minutes, or until thighs have browned. Keep checking as they can burn quickly!
  8. For the gravy, in a small pot, bring pan drippings to a boil, and add the flour and water mixture. Turn down heat and simmer for 2-5 minutes or until thickened.


Recipe by Louisa Clements


Have I inspired you to cook your for your own student-style Thanksgiving? Let me know how it goes, and leave me any questions in the comments or shoot me an email! I’m here to help you along with your Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to load your PC Plus offers to your card (or app) before heading to No Frills!

Disclosure: I was compensated by Loblaw to write this post. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting Living Lou!

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