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12 Recipes for a Very Unconventional Thanksgiving

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It’s no secret that the holidays are stressful, and yet for some reason, we all love to pile on the tasks in an effort to make every meal perfect. But why not just pick out the parts we love and leave out the rest? Whether you’re just in it for the football game, you want to spend quality time with family and avoid cooking, or you love cooking and want to avoid your family, we have an unconventional Thanksgiving recipe for you.

Kimchi Burgers with Gochujang Mayo

Kimchi Burgers with Pickles and Gochujang Mayo

For some, Thanksgiving is all about the big game. And what goes better with football and America than burgers? 

Hawaiian Style Pasta Salad

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is perfect for making ahead of time and is a particularly delicious way to use up those last few carrots and green onions.

pork and veggie potstickers

Pork and Veggie Potstickers

If your favorite part of Thanksgiving is cooking with the family, these dumplings make for a rewarding meal that everyone can help with.  

butternut squash and broccoli curry

Butternut Squash & Broccoli Curry

Want to relax but still get a little festive? Butternut squash adds a hint of fall flair to this cozy and warming curry you can pair with a movie.

Padma Lakshmi’s Thai Carrot Soup with Coconut Milk

Padma Lakshmi’s Thai Carrot Soup with Coconut Milk

This richly flavorful soup will save plenty of room for pie and, surprise, has pumpkin in it. 

homemade seasonal squash and bacon pizza

Seasonal Squash and Bacon Pizza

Pizza is always in season. Swap out the bacon with turkey bacon for an homage to Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Brown Butter Pasta

Pumpkin Brown Butter Pasta

Super simple to make and seriously rewarding, enjoy this recipe if Thanksgiving is the kind of day when all you want is butter and carbs. this recipe incorporates our Imperfect Foods Pumpkin Butter, making it even more delicious and easy to make.

Gingery Miso Ramen with Kabocha Squash

Gingery Miso Ramen with Kabocha Squash

This unconventional Thanksgiving recipe is for those outdoorsy families who like to spend all day outside. This hot and nourishing ramen will warm you right up when you come in from the cold.

lentil shepherd's pie

A Not-So Classic But Very Cozy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

A great set-it-and-forget-it recipe that feels vaguely festive. We love this dish because it’s perfect for a cozy night in and makes the whole house smell delicious.

All About the Pie

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Richly chocolatey and generously spiced, this twist on the classic is the perfect dessert for when the pie is the main event. 

beet and pumpkin pie

Vegan Beet and Pumpkin Pies

A pie that your vegan friends and family will deeply appreciate, and everyone else will, well…they don’t have to know.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Why not just make a pie, order a pizza, and call it a night? This pie is absolutely delicious and extra simple if you buy pre-made pie dough.

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