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20 Main Dishes for a Turkey-less Thanksgiving

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So your Thanksgiving guests don’t eat turkey? No problem!


Fabulous fall festivities seem to heavily feature fantastic foodstuffs. Just like that last sentence heavily featured alliteration.

And that’s great – everyone loves tasty noms and wunderbar company. But what do you do when the when someone you know and love is a hardcore herbivore? Those traditional turkey legs aren’t going to satisfy their leaf-tooth!

Or maybe you have a guest who just isn’t a huge fan of turkey (Gasp! and clutch the pearls). Lucky for you, you have me, and I have Tablespoon’s extensive library of amazing dishes right at my fingertips. We’ve got 20 ways for you to create turkey-free options that are so delicious leaf-eaters and none-turkey nommers both will be singing your praises.


1. Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Easy-peasy and mega-cheesy! This flavorful dish features fantastic veggies and creamy ricotta cheese – sure to wow and astound.


2. Easy Chicken Pasta Primavera

Easy Chicken Pasta Primavera

Trade in that large bulky turkey for a smaller, tastier bird! Just add noodly goodness, good-for-you veggies and Parmesan cheese for maximum yum.


3. Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

Want to know how to make pork tenderloin absolutely perfect? Use this recipe. Seriously, it calls for spicy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for heat and the sweetness of brown sugar to help sooth the delicious burn.

4. Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Cranberry Sauce

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce ties in the Thanksgiving theme in this non-traditional main course. Sriracha lends its power of spice to tame that tart sweetness!


5. Caramelized Pork Slices

Caramelized Pork Slices

I think I just drooled on myself a little. Lovely pork tenderloins are cavorting with a molasses, brown sugar and citrusy sauce to please your palate in all kinds of ways!


6. Layered Quinoa Salad

Layered Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, arugula and avocado are just few of the fresh and fabulous ingredients featured in this, the tastiest of salads.


7. Autumn Ragout

Autumn Ragout

Butternut squash and apple chicken highlight the fall flavors in this simple and savory ragout.


8. Acorn Squash Thyme Soup

Acorn Squash Thyme Soup

What the flip-flop!? Acorn’s not the only gourd in this satisfying soup – you’ll also get a delectable pumpkin pie in the mix!


9. Fall Ravioli Casserole

Fall Ravioli Casserole

Did you know that “ravioli” means little pillow of yum? I kind of made that up, but I feel strongly that it should be the official definition. Especially when employed in such a clever a manner as this casserole.


10. Harvest Pork Chop Bake

Harvest Pork Chop Bake

Sage and butternut squash elevate your everyday pork chop to a whole 'nother level of yum! I’d say enjoy responsibly, but I think it’s okay to eat like 6 of these.


11. Fall Shepherd’s Pie

Fall Shepherd’s Pie

Okay, so I kinda fibbed; this recipe totally calls for ground turkey. But it’s not a big dumb turkey that you have to waste all of your oven space on and worry incessantly about it drying out, so ... yay? Also sweet potatoes for the yum!


12. Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash

Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash

Butternut squash, pecans and blue cheese are the heavy flavor players in this recipe. Try this ingenious and tasty way to celebrate the harvest!


13.  Italian Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Italian Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning really zazz up pork tenderloin, and those roasted sweet potatoes aren’t just for looking pretty!  They’re for nomming with your face.


14. Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna

I love recipes where you can eat rather than wash your dishes! Use butternut squash as a baking dish for noodles, cheese and fresh basil for a scrumptious and ingenious dinner.


15. Pork and Sweet Potato Harvest Supper

Pork and Sweet Potato Harvest Supper

Savory pork is sweetened up with apples and maple syrup; sweet potatoes and cabbage round out this dish for exceptional and filling flavor.

16. African Squash and Chickpea Stew

African Squash and Chickpea Stew

You like bold and exotic flavors! Why not make this awesome stew to celebrate and be thankful for your awesome taste buds?


17. Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Hearty and filling, these gourds are stuffed full of yum and ready to conquer all of your hunger pangs!

18. One Pot Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

One Pot Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

Tender chunks of chicken breast and tasty veggies swim in a savory garlic and herb sauce. Guaranteed to please the palate and fill up hungry guests!

19. Beef and Millet Stew in Bread Bowls

Beef and Millet Stew in Bread Bowls

YUM! Hearty, hot stew in bread bowls is the perfect hearty combination for fall.


20. Curried Coconut Beef with Winter Vegetables

Curried Coconut Beef with Winter Vegetables

Savory and creamy, this curried coconut beef is a mouthwatering way to make use of winter veggies!

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