15 Alternatives to Cooking a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Cyd Converse

6. Balsamic Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

We hype this balsamic glazed chicken and vegetables sheet pan dinner recipe up all the time, but for good reason! The one pan prep makes cooking and clean-up a breeze while the sauce of balsamic vinegar, mustard and maple syrup lends incredible flavor and texture to the chicken thighs. Roasted alongside sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, apples, onions and herbs, you have a complete dinner that is ready in a flash.

7. Skillet Beef Tips and Gravy Recipe

When you think about a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you think of rich, savory flavors - the definition of comfort food. Our skillet beef tips and gravy recipe will give you all of hearty, delicious flavor with none of the turkey and takes just about an hour to come together. Tender, juicy beef tips are paired with baby potatoes, mushrooms, carrots and onions along with a thick, gravy you'll absolutely love. You'll want to bookmark this one for sure!

8. Miso Glazed Salmon Recipe

While we don't often think of fish and Thanksgiving going hand in hand, if you want to give Thanksgiving dinner a whole new twist, make this miso glazed salmon recipe! The savory sauce is made with white miso, sriracha, honey and fresh ginger, giving the perfectly cooked salmon incredible flavor. Pair your salmon with rice and tender bok choy or asparagus and you can't go wrong.

9. Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe

Because everyone understands the beauty of a great sheet pan dinner, this sheet pan honey garlic lemon chicken recipe should be a contender for your non-turkey Thanksgiving dinner. So quick and easy to prep, the clean up is a cinch making it a great weeknight dinner while the honey mustard lemon sauce makes it special enough for a holiday celebration any time of year.

10. Chipotle Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa Recipe

While most of us don't typically cook with chipotle and avocado for Thanksgiving, this chipotle flank steak with avocado salsa is a a truly special dish, giving a fresh new twist to holiday dinner. It's a spicy, bright, and tangy take on flank steak, serving up a unique, non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner that won't have anyone complaining about skipping the turkey this year.

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