Simple Holiday Recipes for Travel Nurses

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Wherever you find yourself as a travel nurse during the holidays, you want to make it feel like home. The holidays get crazy, and you need quick and easy meals for your shifts, so we put together this list of some necessities.

Fall Salad

Who said salad has to be boring? Here’s an uncomplicated way to spice up your sides with a tossed salad with five ingredients and is a great taste of freshness before diving into the more filling foods you brought for dinner.

Easy Tossed Salad Recipe: How to Make It (tasteofhome.com)

Turkey & Gravy

Turkey takes a little bit longer, but with some seasoning, fresh fruit, and an oven, you can bake the perfect turkey. Now, take drippings from your turkey, seasoning, and flour will make the perfect turkey gravy.

Easy Turkey Gravy {The Best Gravy Recipe Ever!} – Spend With Pennies

Christine’s Thanksgiving Turkey | Just A Pinch Recipe


Stuffing is a filling and easy side dish to pack for dinner. This recipe only takes 15 minutes, and all you need is four ingredients to bring those memories of home.

Quick & Easy Stuffing – Swanson (campbells.com)

Mashed Potatoes

You cannot get any more homemade than making mashing potatoes by hand. Your grandma would be proud to know you are not buying boxed Thanksgiving dinner. 30 minutes is all it takes for perfectly cooked mashed potatoes.

The BEST Creamy Mashed Potatoes – Plating Pixels


Of course, you can make your rolls by hand if you have the time and patience, but here’s an easy, quick way to make warm rolls for dinner. If you’re like me, homemade rolls unlock memories from cooking with my grandparents before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Carbs make the body happy, and they will keep you going through your 12-hour shifts.

30 Minute Dinner Rolls – Spend With Pennies


It’s a must to end Thanksgiving dinner with a sweet treat. Within 60 seconds you can make your pumpkin dreams come true. Pumpkin cake in a mug that you can pop in the microwave quickly in the break room is as easy and delicious as it gets.

Microwave Pumpkin Mug Cake Recipe – The Gunny Sack

Now, just because you are working through your long shifts miles away from your family does not mean you forget what being with them feels like. Cook these to make you feel at home during the holiday season and share with us your favorite.

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