3 Thanksgiving Menus

Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without certain flavors, or ingredients.  However, sometimes you want to change things up with different options that are not the typical Thanksgiving menu.  Of course nothing is wrong with tradition either.

I wanted to share a few options that you may want to consider in 3 types of Thanksgiving dinners, and of course you can do a mix of all 3 if you like.  I have done all of the leg work in researching options for the nontraditional options, and lets face it you have all of the traditional recipes and menus, after all you ate it last year.

Traditional Thanksgiving Day

  1. Roasted Turkey (simple seasoning of salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning)
  2. Ham
  3. Dressing (Yes dressing, stuffing the bird will not yield enough)
  4. Slow cooked collard greens
  5. Macaroni and Cheese
  6. Candied Yams
  7. Cranberry sauce (canned, after all, it is tradition)
  8. Pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner 2.0 (kicked up)

  1. Deboned Turkey Roulade with stuffing (have your butcher debone the bird)
  2. Corn bread dressing
  3. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, and butternut squash (400 deg F 1 inch cubes, spread out no a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt pepper fresh rosemary and drizzle with olive oil)
  4. Green beans (the fancy name is haricot vert, sauté in a pan with garlic, shallots, salt and pepper and a little water to help steam)
  5. Fresh cranberry sauce
  6. Pumpkin cheesecake

Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. Roasted Turkey breast (brined)
  2. Sweet potatoes tossed in agave nectar olive oil
  3. Sautéed kale (with minced garlic, diced onion, and olive oil)
  4. Cranberry relish 
  5. Whole-grain apple cranberry dressing
  6. Pumpkin ginger flan

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the same thing you always have, but if tradition is what you like, don’t be afraid to throw in a new option.  Your new option might become a new tradition.