4 Best Alternatives to Turkey for Thanksgiving

(Vegetarian & meat options)

Are you looking for alternatives to turkey for thanksgiving? Since a turkey can be very expensive or really difficult to cook? Well, look no further for those big birds. That’s because we have the perfect substitute for it! With 2 amazing vegetarian thanksgiving main dish.

1. Crispy Cauliflower


  • 1 cauliflower (medium to large)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp shawarma or tikka spice blend
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Coriander (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Clean and cut any extra leaves or stem on the cauliflower.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients into a paste.
  3. Brush or wear a glove to apply all of the marinades on the cauliflower.
  4. Then bake in the oven at 180 for 30-35 minutes. It’s no doubt one of the great alternatives to turkey for thanksgiving.
  5. Cut it using the chef knife and enjoy!


2. Big Sushi Roll


  • Boiled rice – 2 bowls
  • Fried egg – 1
  • Fish, tuna, salmon (or none at all for the vegetarian option)
  • Cucumber
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Shredded carrots
  • Nori dried seaweed – 2 sheets

Saucy mixture

  • Vinegar – 2tbs
  • Sugar – 1tsp
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Mix mushrooms and carrots with the saucy mixture.
  2. Spread out rice on nori-dried seaweed.
  3. Then spread out the veggies and afterward the cooked mixture.
  4. On top of everything put your fish.
  5. Make sure to use a large quantity of everything so that you can get a large turkey size, sushi roll.
  6. Fun tip: have fun with your toppings and sauces! It’s the perfect vegetarian thanksgiving main dish. Moreover, for a quick chop use a Santoku knife like Japanese master chef.

1. 40-MIN crispy air-fried chicken



  • 1 small skinned chicken (5 to 6 lbs)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red white vinegar
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  1. Rinse and clean the chicken then put it aside. An amazing tip is to clean it with vinegar and cold water.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients to turn them into a paste.
  3. Then rub the marinade on the chicken and also inside it.
  4. Afterward, air fry it at 390 degrees for 30 minutes. Now flip the chicken and air fry it for another 30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy the crispy, quick and delicious as one of the great alternatives to turkey for thanksgiving!
  6. Use a slicing knife to cut and serve the perfect slices of this delicious chicken.

2. Roasted Lamb


Chef Complete Nine Knives Set


  • 2 kg lamb leg
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • Lemon (optional)
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups stock
  • 2 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 170C.
  • Make small incisions on the lamb leg. Then rub it with salt and pepper.
  • Place garlic, onion, and rosemary in a metal pan. Put the lamb on top of them.
  • Drizzle the lamb with olive oil, water, and broth. Then cover with foil.
  • Slow-roast it for about 4.5 hours.
  • Afterward, check if the lamb is cooked. Then put lamb uncovered for another 45 or until brown, crispy, or however you like it.
  • Strain out the gravy from the lamb pan and plan it in a pan.
  • Mix in the flour and add salt and pepper to taste. Place it in a bowl and serve it with the lamb.

Hope you have fun making these delicious alternatives to turkey for thanksgiving. Especially, the fun an nutritious vegetarian thanksgiving main dish options.

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