Oct 092015


I almost never supply recipes with this many convenience foods. This menu/recipe is the exception that proves the rule. Before we gave up gluten and dairy, this meal was a sure bet, family favorite. It’s not to hard on the cook and it produces a meal that the family is always happy to see, whether it’s the holidays or not. It can all be prepared on a 2-burner camp stove. After preparing it, the cook deserves the day off, and the rest of the family can manage clean-up.

If you prefer to use canned chicken for this meal, replace the Turkey SPAM and pepared turkey gravy with Creamed Chicken, either From Scratch or Quick & Easy.

Thanksgiving Dinner


  • 2 (12-ounce) cans Turkey SPAM, sliced into 6 or 8 slices each
  • 2 packets of turkey gravy mix (to make 2 cups gravy)
  • 1 (6-ounce) box of chicken or turkey stuffing mix
  • 6 to 8 servings of prepared instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 (29-ounce) can of green beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of whole berry cranberry sauce


For this recipe you have to read the directions on the boxes and prepare things as directed.

Begin with the turkey and gravy. Open the turkey and drain any liquid into a measuring cup. Add enough fresh water to make 2 cups of liquid. Use this to prepare the gravy mix according to the package directions. Use a large skillet that’s big enough to hold the turkey too. Slice the turkey into thin cutlets. Place them in the prepared gravy. Bring the turkey and gravy to a good boil. Cover with a lid and place in a nest of old towels, or blankets, or best yet . . . a comforter, to keep warm.

Prepare the stuffing mix according to package directions. If you don’t have butter or margarine then use butter flavored shortening to prepare the stuffing mix. When you cover it and let it sit, place it in the towel and blanket nest alongside the turkey and gravy.

Prepare the instant mashed potatoes according to the package directions. If necessary use butter flavored shortening instead of the butter or margarine called for on the box. Evaporated milk makes the potatoes extra creamy. When it’s done, place a lid on it and place it in the towel and blanket nest to keep warm.

The green beans should be seasoned with a pinch of sugar and a goodly amount of pepper. Add a little butter or alternative of your choice (1 tablespoon) and allow them to boil hard for a few minutes. Place the lid on the pot and put them in the towel nest to keep warm.

The cranberry sauce should be opened up and set aside.

To serve the meal, place a big scoop of potatoes and a big scoop of stuffing on a plate. Place 2 or 3 slices of turkey alongside and spoon gravy over the potatoes and stuffing. Add a generous serving of green beans and a small scoop of cranberry sauce. Serve with hot chocolate or prepared packets of instant hot apple cider. You can add some canned fried apples, or stewed dried apples to make it extra fancy if you like.

This is a great storage meal. It tastes good, serves a hungry family and has a festive air about it that makes everyone feel happy and well blessed.

Using 2-cans of turkey SPAM it makes a hearty meal for 6. Using 1-can of turkey SPAM it makes a hearty meal for 4.


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