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Celebrate with a Non-traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you are looking for ways to ignite your meal, look no further! We have some non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes that will be perfect to make you look like a 5-star chef cooking right out of your own kitchen.

Autumn quinoa salad

A salad is a staple to any meal and it is no different when it comes to Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving try a different take on the classic salad with a unique autumn quinoa salad. Guests will love the flavors of fall with the butternut squash, pecans, and honey wrapped up in the healthy goodness of quinoa.

Sweet potato friesSweet potato fries

A side of sweet potatoes is a traditional hit at Thanksgiving dinner. Typically mashed, baked, or candied they are a family favorite for all ages. Try something different for this holiday and go with some trendy sweet potato fries. Crunchy and sweet, the beloved cousin to the French fry will be a fun alternative guests will be sure to gobble up.

Poblano cornbread stuffing

Spice up your meal by kicking your stuffing up a notch and try this poblano cornbread stuffing. Stuffing is a necessity at the Thanksgiving table and this recipe is sure to excite your family and friends with something they won’t expect. This stuffing filled with kale, cilantro, currants, and of course peppers is sure to spice up the night and your guests.

TurkeyCitrus and herb turkey

Ignite your taste buds with a sweet, savory, and tart combination of flavor in the star of your meal – the turkey. The citrus will be a different flavor guests will enjoy, while the herbs will be a familiar flavor of comfort. The citrus and herb turkey is a great way to pair the new with the old this Thanksgiving.

Goat cheese pumpkin tacos

(vegetarian alternative)

Tacos for Thanksgiving are far from traditional but these pumpkin tacos are sure to blow you away. These tacos mix together traditional fall flavors, such as those of pumpkin, and the fun of building a meal with your family when you create your taco. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans (omit cheese) these are sure to create a new favorite.

A chocolate and sweet potato layer cake with molasses buttercream Chocolate sweet potato layer cake with molasses buttercream

Not everyone is in love with pie, so what do you do for Thanksgiving in this dessert catastrophe? Perhaps try a chocolate sweet potato cake with molasses buttercream. Chocolate, sweet potato, and molasses are flavors that pair perfectly with the holiday. Guests will be sure to indulge and savor the last few bites of their Thanksgiving meal with this decadent dessert.

Have some fun this holiday and try something new, your friends and family around the table are sure to be surprised with every delightful bite.  Leave us a comment and tell us what you’re cooking up this Thanksgiving!

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  • Reply Alyssa // Runway Chef November 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for including my pumpkin tacos in this yummy round-up! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Reply San Mateo Insider November 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you for providing the yummy recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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