Sometimes being on a budget means you relay on old favorites, but there are so many ideas out there to give meals a new twist. Here are some to check out…
• YouTube – Do a quick search for Christmas Dinner Ideas and you’ll get a plethora of videos to watch. You can refine your search and ask for quick ideas, or vegan ideas, or different ways to cook a Christmas turkey. The sky is the limit with YouTube
.• Facebook – This might seem a strange choice, but everyone asks all sorts of questions on their wall and in groups, and they get great answers. Just ask what other people do during the holidays, and you’re sure to find out a lot of great ideas that you can incorporate into your holiday celebration.
• Pinterest – Everyone who loves Pinterest will make special Christmas dinner pin boards which you can browse at your leisure. You can search using the right keywords for your desires. You can search menu ideas, for example, instead of just turkey ideas.
• Grandma – Don’t discount what Grandma knows. She likely has recipes that she’ll be more than happy to send you that she’ll make if you ask. Grandmas like sharing what they know and yours is probably not much different. In some cases, though, she may not have a recipe and you’ll need to learn in person.
• Mom – Your mom still has some good ideas about the holidays and can easily share her recipes with you. Even someone else’s mom will have good ideas if you ask them. If you have a guest who is coming to visit for the holidays and can’t be with their own family, you can always call their mom to find out what makes Christmas for your guest.
• Friends – Ask your friends about what they like to cook on the holidays. They will probably post a lot of variations of the traditional things you make, but they may also have ideas that you never thought of – especially if you have a group of friends who come from all walks of life.
• Cookbooks – Don’t forget cookbooks. They’re still good ways to get ideas. You can go to a book store and make an afternoon of looking through various cookbooks to get inspiration. Then you can find out if your local library has that cookbook before you purchase it.
• Magazines – At some point, the magazine section will be overrun by holiday ideas, but you might want to look at last year’s magazines at the library to get your ideas sooner. Libraries often have older magazines that you can look at. They also usually allow you to copy pages from the magazine so you can take recipes home.