12 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and whether you’re hosting the entire family or just a few friends, cooking can be a hassle. Putting together a full Thanksgiving meal takes a lot of preparation, and on the day of you might be cooking more than being with your guests. A way to make life easier on yourself around the holidays is to cook dishes that are more simple than traditional dishes.

You’ll impress your guests with your non-traditional Thanksgiving, and enjoy their company instead of slaving away over a stove for hours on end. Here I have a list of my favorite Fill Your Plate recipes that can be used for appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts; I hope you and your Thanksgiving guests enjoy them!


  1. Arizona Cornbread Chili Pie
  2. Orange Coated Yams
  3. Dru’s Special Stuffing
  4. Stuffed Pumpkin
  5. Sweet Corn Casserole
  6. Popping Cranberry Sauce
  7. Lentils and Smoked Turkey
  8. Arizona Rancher’s Prime Rib
  9. Citrus-Marinated Grilled Turkey
  10. Grandma Gertie’s Pumpkin Pie
  11. Grandma Howard’s Apple Pie
  12. Harvest Pumpkin Bars with Icing

Create the tastiest Thanksgiving dinner you and your family have ever had with this non-traditional menu. Check out the recipe section on fillyourplate.org, as well, for more delicious recipes!

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