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10 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Meals

10 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Meals

Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday to please everyone food wise. It shouldn’t be that hard! Try something new this holiday that might surprise you. These are some great choices when trying to find a new dish for the table this year! Not only are these great for Thanksgiving, but for any other dinner you are invited to!

1. Chicken

A lot of people go with the traditional turkey or ham, but there are some people in this world that don’t like either. Chicken is a great substitute when cooking a lot of food but have people who don’t like a lot of white or dark meat! The best part about chicken is that it’s close to turkey so you can dress it the same! 

Chicken is great, even for a substitution there is nothing wrong with using a chicken for Thanksgiving! It will taste great no matter what! Don’t forget the gray either this Thanksgiving! You won’t want to miss it!


2. Cheesy Rice

Rice was never in the picture at thanksgiving, but, for a lot of people, it’s a great dish to mix things up with a create some cheesy Thanksgiving meals! Having cheesy rice, with a nice herb can spice or sweeten up anything on your plate!

When you’re able to pick the cheese you want, there are never ending possibilities with the type of creations to be made! Who wouldn’t want to be cheesy on this great day to be thankful!

3. Mac And Cheese

Mac and cheese is the best substitute for kids who don’t like some of the Thanksgiving food. You can dress this meal in anyway you want and still make it edible for the little ones during those Thanksgiving meals. Mac and Cheese incorporated into many dishes and still is easy to make which will have everyone happy about this meal!


4. Pumpkin Cheese Bread

Pump up the holidays with pumpkin cheese bread! This bread is a mix with pumpkin and cream cheese, bakes into an incredible bread. You’ll want to include this at any holiday function and have everyone asking you bout how you made it. Be a little different, making pumpkin pie is totally last year! mix up what you bring with a great tasting bread that will leave people wanting more!

5. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Never seen a cold salad on your Thanksgiving table? This salad isn’t just any salad; this is the salad you bring to spice up the table! Do you need something to bring to thanksgiving but don’t know who is bringing what? I bet no one will be bring this delicious salad!


Made with any veggie you want and a little dressing, this will be the talk of the table when everyone starts eating! Don’t be the one who keeps bringing the same dish over and over again! Try something new with this roasted sweet potato salad dish that will surprise everyone at the table this Thanksgiving!

6. Cornbread Sausage Stuffing Muffins

These muffins are great for the morning of Thanksgiving to get everyone in a festive mood! They will help you get the kids out of the kitchen while you’re cooking a big meal for everyone. You can add almost anything to these muffins making them one of the best Thanksgiving meals! These are not just for breakfast but for the appetizer too!


How do you keep hungry family members at bey while putting the finishing touches on the main course? Feed them! These little muffins can keep the family occupied while you are cleaning up the kitchen to start the handling of the courses!

7. Mashed Ginger Carrots

If you have little ones who don’t eat curtain veggie, this is a tasty alternative to mashed potatoes or cauliflower! Ginger is such a great addition to carrots that many people won’t believe it. If your family doesn’t like squash, try this and see if your family thinks it’s good!

Carrots are always a tough veggie to bring to Thanksgiving meals and know that people are going to eat them, but since it’s mashed there no one will know the difference!

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8. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Don’t be fooled, these are not mashes potatoes, but are the best alternative to those who don’t really like them that much! Cauliflower is great for a lot of things, but the best way is mashed with all of the fixing that a potato would have! You’ll think you’re eating potatoes! It shouldn’t taste that good, but it does and it’ll be put on the Thanksgiving table for years to come!


9. Brussels Sprouts With Lemon and Brown Rice

Brussels sprouts are not for everyone. But when it’s with brown rice and lemon, it’s actually really good! It smells great and looks it too. Brussels sprouts are not meant to be by themselves, and this little mix is great if you need a little more flavor to your sprouts!

Don’t turn away from this dish because of brussels sprouts! This is easy and will be liked by everyone! Even the little ones at the table! You’ll want this dish for more than just Thanksgiving! 

10. Savory Baked Apples With Sausage Stuffing

This is the topping of all of the Thanksgiving meals! Apples are great with anything! Even things you wouldn’t think, like sausage stuffing! Just imagine the sweetness of the apple and the little spiciness of the sausage coming together and created an apple smoked sausage! 


Have fun with this savory dish! Adding some seasoning can make a dish like this come to life! you can stuff the apple or make it in a lasagna pan!

These Thanksgiving meals will make you want to cook them before the big dinner! Which you probably should because chances are you haven’t tried these! Non-traditional is great for when you get tired of cooking the same thing over and over! 

Have you had these meals before? Which ones did you like? Do you have more to add? Tell us in the comments below!