Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and for many that will mean the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey and all the trimmings. However, if you fancy a bit of a change, and as long as your guest aren’t going to string you up for breaking with tradition, why not try one of these delicious alternatives instead. Once they taste them, your dinner guest will be saying “what turkey?”.
Champagne Baked Ham
Hams can be quite traditional at Christmas, so it’s not a huge leap to make one the centrepiece of your Thanksgiving Dinner. This is another alternative to turkey that’s pretty straightforward to prepare and cook, and the addition of the champagne means it’s special enough to make a great holiday dinner.
Prime Rib Roast
You can’t beat a good Prime Rib Roast, and it’s a great alternative for your Thanksgiving Dinner, as it’s much less hassle to cook than turkey. Once you’ve spent a few minutes preparing it, the oven does the rest of the work, and with only a few basic ingredients you’ll be amazed how something so simple can taste so good.
Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey
OK, so smoked turkey isn’t much of a change from your traditional roast turkey, but cooking it this way gives it a whole different flavour, so you might as well be eating something else! Don’t be put off by the fact that your turkey’s appearance will be a little bit different to what you might be used to, when you taste it you won’t care what it looks like!
Massively under rated, but but hugely versatile, the Zucchini makes a great base for a whole host of recipes, from a traditional salad, to pizza and even muffins. Here are some great zucchini recipes from eatingwell.com for your dinner table – they’re nice and healthy too!
Zucchinis are often used as a healthy and lighter alternative to potato, and this recipe is a great example of where a simple change can make a great meal taste even better, and a little bit better for you. With a crispy Parmesan and breadcrumb topping, your family won’t even know they’re eating healthier.
Zucchini & Shrimp Pasta
Pasta-based meals are always a good ‘go-to’ option for weeknight dinner as they’re usually quick and easy to prepare. This recipe is no different, but it adds some new ingredients and flavors to your family meal, with the addition of some fresh basil and some fresh, juicy shrimps – a great alternative to meat and pasta dishes.
Whether you’re a vegetarian who simply loves their pizza, or you’re trying to make your family’s pizza night a little healthier, this tasty pizza recipe combines zucchini with sweet peppers and fresh tomato sauce, and any other veggies you want to add, to create a lovely fresh-tasting pizza that’s great for the summer.
There are so many things you can make with ground or minced beef, that there’s really no excuse for not being able to come up with a variety of tasty recipes. But just in case you’re struggling, here’s a few from myrecipes.com to get you going.
Tex Mex Meatballs
It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, everyone loves meatballs, and theres a lot to love about this Tex Mex meatball recipe. OK, so it may take a little longer than some of the other dishes to prepare, but you’re family or guests will thank you in the end. Served with tortillas and heaps of tasty sides, they’ll be able to customise these tasty meatballs to their hearts content.
Slow Cooked Bolognese
So a bolognese recipe isn’t exactly new, but this recipe has a few surprises. For a start, served with a different type of pasta makes this a while new dish, and adds a bit of variety to a family favorite. Then there’s the way it’s cooked – no more slaving over a pot of sauce. This recipe is perfect for the slow cooker, which means your family gets great tasting Bolognese in a fraction of the time.
Lasagna – Mexican Style!
If your family is like me, they probably love lasagne. But all that making the sauces and ‘building the perfect lasagne can often take too much time and effort when all you want is a quick and tasty weeknight meal. Enter lasagne with a Mexican twist! Just as tasty but a little different, and an awful lot easier to put together when time isn’t on your side.
So this is the first of what I hope will be many posts, offering all you frustrated cooks suggestions for something different for dinner. If your family is tired of the same old meals week in and week out, and you’re tired of trying to come up with something new, only to discover that nobody likes it, then relax, I’ve got you.
I’m going to be sharing some of the best recipes from my favorite sites – meal ideas that are quick and easy to prepare, and will have your family asking for more. My plan is to break them down by the main ingredient, but I’ll also be adding in some recipes that are a mix of foods, but are cheap or quick or easy… or all three. I hope you enjoy them – happy cooking.
Spicy Chicken & Salsa
Don’t be put off by the thought of having to make a salsa from scratch with this first recipe from Something New for Dinner, if you don’t have time to make it a day or so in advance (and perhaps use over a couple of meals, it’s quick and easy enough to rustle up while the chicken is cooking. In fact, the whole meal is so quick and easy, yet deliciously tasty, it makes a perfect weeknight dinner when you’re in a bit of a rush.
Chicken is such a versatile and easy to cook meat that there’s litter lay no end to the great dishes you can make with it… you just need a little imagination. One way to make a chicken dish taste even better is to combine it with some other great flavors. This recipe adds in some potatoes and prosciuotto to make delicious kabobs that are great as a quick and easy dinner during the summer.
If you’ve not heard of Chicken Marbella, where have you been? This oldy-but-goody recipe has literally been around for decades and was on pretty much ever dinner table in the 80s. The great thing about this recipe is that it looks as thought you’ve spent hours preparing it, when in fact it doesn’t take very long to prepare at all – plus, it’s perfect at dinner parties or just as a weeknight dinner.
It seems the lovely people over at Something New for Dinner liked our idea of suggesting some great chicken dishes for people who were looking for something a little different for dinner, and they came up with their own list. Take a look at their Something Different for Dinner with Chicken recipe ideas.