Goodbye Turkey, Make One of These Things for Thanksgiving 2019 Instead

I love the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving morning with Macy’s Parade in the background. But as it is in my own family, some people just don’t like turkey! It’s too dry or maybe they’re simply tired of it. Traditions aren’t traditions until they’re made! So, if turkey isn’t your thing, make a new custom this year and serve up something you’ll truly be thankful for!

Grilled Salmon

Many people don’t eat meat at all while some might be more agreeable to fish. Whether you live in a warmer climate or you’re surrounded by a blanket of snow you can put a different spin on Thanksgiving Dinner at the grill. Grab enough fresh salmon to feed the crew and when everyone arrives, toss it over the hot coals. Smoke a pan of macaroni and cheese on the side to make an awesome duo.

Mouthwatering salmon as a main dish will pair perfectly with almost any traditional side. Whether it be mashed potatoes, green bean casserole or sweet potato soufflé, you’ll have a perfect Thanksgiving meal that won’t be forgotten!

Turkey Burgers

While we are still at the grill you can have your turkey and actually eat it, too! Make the burger fans smile with a big juicy surprise vs the “turkey is too dry” looks that are not so secretly being passed around the table. Prepare them just as you would the ground beef version. It’s the best of both worlds as you still have your turkey but it’s disguised as a much-loved hamburger. A huge bonus, turkey burgers are much leaner than traditional beef, so you can load up on extra pie!

Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin will make the perfectly gorgeous centerpiece as well as being a welcomed change from turkey. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary and fresh cranberries for a festive Christmas tree touch. Yes, it’s still Thanksgiving, but it will be a fitting kick-off to the holly jolly-season!

Corned Beef Brisket

Here is a version of corned beef that has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day! It may not be your first thought for a fall or winter main dish but this recipe for corned beef brisket is all about the holidays ahead. Adorned with cloves, allspice, berries and brown sugar it will give the perfect holiday touch to your Thanksgiving table! Add your most-loved sides and you’ll never regret letting the turkey take a break this year!

Creamy White Chicken Chili

For those that want a sit back, relax and watch football kind of Thanksgiving this one may be for you! We don’t have to be stressed and busy right up to meal time to be thankful. This chicken chili can be put together in a flash so you can simply cuddle up and enjoy! Add some warm bread on the side and you’ll have a hearty Thanksgiving meal without the expensive fuss. Top off this new version of a stress-free holiday with a slice of your favorite festive dessert.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

Now we serve the vegetarians! These portobello mushrooms taste as good as they look! They are dressed in red, green and white for a festive addition to your meal as well as a delicious one! A totally meatless dish that still gives you the satisfying feeling that a Thanksgiving dinner should! This is a perfect substitute for turkey, it's filling but won’t leave you overly stuffed.

While Thanksgiving does usually center around a feast, the true abundance comes from our blessings! Whether turkey is on your dinner guest list or you choose another alternative, may you have a holiday and a harvest filled with family, love and true thankfulness!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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