Thanksgiving feasts are heavily rooted in tradition, whether it’s universal or unique to you and your loved ones. With a busy schedule and many engagements to attend, there’s nothing wrong with adding some variety to the menu from time to time. Not all Thanksgiving feasts need to center around the beloved turkey bird. Start making your own traditions this year with some unique dishes to embrace the best of the fall seasonal ingredients. Here are 13 easy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving staples, all sans turkey.
Ditching the traditional turkey roast can save quite a bit of time—this seared cod dish requires only about 30 minutes to prepare. It’s healthy and light, making room for the array of comfort food undoubtedly accompanying it. Get our Roasted Cod with White Beans, Tomato, and Truffle Oil recipe.
For the true meat lovers looking to break away from turkey, this savory pie is flavorful and filling. From pastrami to Brussels sprouts, it’s loaded with autumn favorites. The filling allows for a little creativity—you can choose vegetables to complement the rest of your feast. Get our Savory Pastrami and Cheese Pie recipe.
Tofurkey isn’t just for vegans. Our faux-turkey roast is wholesome, nutty, flavorful, healthy, and filling—and much easier than cooking up a whole bird. Get our Homemade Tofurkey with Brown Rice Stuffing recipe.
A popular substitute for those looking to cut down on carbohydrates, mashed cauliflower is a light and creamy side dish to accompany a heavier main protein on the table. This recipe utilizes umami to spice up a typically bland vegetable. Get our Creamy Mashed Cauliflower recipe.
This bread pudding (essentially a stuffing) loads up on vegetables and bread to soak up its delectable flavor. Although it’s vegetarian, it’s a filling and complex side to add substance to a lighter feast. Get our Mushroom and Fennel Bread Pudding recipe.
This easy stuffing breaks from the traditional white bread staple while taking advantage of some of autumn’s best flavors. Get our Brown Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts, Apple, and Sausage recipe.
This classic winter squash is loaded with flavor and spice to allow it to stand strong as a side dish in our Thanksgiving—a lighter alternative to mashed potatoes. Get our Acorn Squash with Red Onion and Currants recipe.
Zucchini fritters are a great way to feign healthiness this Thanksgiving while adding creativity to the traditional menu. This recipe yields 48 deliciously fried fritters for large families. Get our Zucchini Fritters recipe.
While these stuffed pears make for a wonderful breakfast treat, we recommend using them as a creative Thanksgiving appetizer. They’re easy to prepare and add an aesthetic value to the table. Get our Sausage-Stuffed Baked Pears recipe.
These baked onions break from tradition while adding a touch of sophistication for the meat lovers. Trust us, they only require about 30 minutes of active preparation, and they’re worth every minute. Get our Baked Onions Stuffed with Cornbread and Pecans recipe.
This is a light and easy quick bread that adds a little spice to the traditional Thanksgiving carbohydrate side while using up those extra sweet potatoes. Get our Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread recipe.
These fluffy, sweet, buttery biscuits blow traditional rolls and buns away. With only 20 minutes of active preparation, you’ll never go back to store-bought. Get our Sweet Potato Biscuits recipe.
Who says you need to save the pumpkin puree for dessert? This recipe adds some tips and tricks to make a delectable, perfectly moist loaf of pumpkin bread to share this Thanksgiving. Get our Pumpkin Bread recipe.