WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It’s estimated that the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner is around $50, but one Piedmont chef is proving you can have a hearty meal for half the price.
Along with being a private chef and food blogger, Nikki Miller-Ka is known for her $20 challenges.
"I take $20 and I go to the Dixie Classic Fair Farmers Market. I buy ingredients and I attempt to make a meal that can feed a family of four,” she said.
FOX8’s Natalie Wilson presented the chef with a new challenge, make Thanksgiving dinner for no more than $25.
"I had my cell phone calculator in one hand and looking down the aisle in the other,” Miller-Ka said.
She was able to create a meal including stuffed turkey breasts (rather than a full turkey), roasted carrots, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and sweet potato pie for $24.09.
"I am really proud of myself and I'm actually surprised that I was able to pull it off,” she said.
The meal she created could feed a family of about four to six people.
She was able to save by purchasing grocery store brands and items that were on sale.
She suggests sticking with the staples and not trying to reinvent the wheel.
“It doesn't have to be fancy because Thanksgiving its 50 percent about the food and the other 50 percent is about your family and friends, so whatever you have on the table everyone will be happy with just as long as you have turkey,” she said.