A guide to non traditional thanksgiving recipes

For the majority of Americans Thanksgiving dinner follows the same pattern every year: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.  However, if you are getting tired of the same old menu, why not shake things up this year with some non...

For the majority of Americans Thanksgiving dinner follows the same pattern every year: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.  However, if you are getting tired of the same old menu, why not shake things up this year with some non traditional thanksgiving recipes?

Ginger Squash Soup
Ginger Squash Soup

This year start of your meal with a delicious Ginger Squash Soup.  This recipe can be made using butternut squash, acorn squash, sugar pumpkin, or any other winter squash that you feel gives that warm fall flavor.  It can be completed in less than an hour, provides anti-inflammatory nutrients that strengthen the immune system and is surprisingly low in fat.  This is a great way to give your family a healthy start to this holiday meal.

Roasted Sweet Potato with Rosemary
Roasted Sweet Potato with Rosemary

Mashed potatoes are the staple of most families' Thanksgiving table, however, if you are looking to change things up, give these Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions a try. The use of fresh rosemary is wonderful, especially in the fall, and this sweet potato flavor will make you never want to eat it's traditional pairing with marshmallows again!  It's a fairly simple recipe and tastes great as leftovers.

More unique vegetables ideas include yummy Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic-Shallot Butter, a healthier version of Green Bean Casserole made with crispy shallots and a wonderful Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Slaw, because coleslaw is good any time of the year!

Porchetta Italian Pork Roast
Porchetta Italian Pork Roast

This main dish is an option that might take a little bit of courage to tackle.  Instead of the traditional bird, this recipe is a whole new spin on how to cook turkey. Based off the Porchetta, which is a boneless Italian pork roast, this turkey and sausage Turchetta may cause you to end up covered in turkey goo, but will also give you a deliciously wonderful roulade to take center stage on your Thanksgiving table.  You are required to debone a turkey and marinate the meat, so note that this recipe will require 2 days to prep and finish. But if you are willing to put in the effort, you will definitely "wow" your family with the finished product.

A great pairing for the turchetta is this amazing Caramelized Onion and Sausage stuffing.  It is breadless so you don't have to worry about all those tortuous hours of toasting and ripping up bread, but instead get to eat a stuffing with delicious mushrooms, fresh rosemary and thyme.  And when getting ready for Black Friday shopping, this mixes well with the Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and a couple of eggs for some high protein power shopping preparation!

Pumpkin Trifle
Pumpkin Trifle

Finally, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without dessert.  This Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle looks very elegant but is actually very easy to put together as you can make most parts of it 1 day ahead and assemble it quickly. You might try and double the mousse and add some sliced almonds to the trifle layer for a little extra flare as well.

Thanksgiving doesn't always have to be the same old menu every year.  If you are looking for more recipes like this please contact us and we will help point you in the right direction.  Here's hoping you can have a deliciously non-traditional Thanksgiving this year!