5 Thanksgiving Main Dishes Besides Turkey

5 Thanksgiving Main Dishes for everyone! Make sure that your vegetarians, pescatarians, and picky eaters are covered with these easy gluten-free recipes.

collage of thanksgiving main dishes

1. Foolproof Thanksgiving Turkey (Brine OR Dry Rub)

Let’s just get it out of the way that most of you need a Thanksgiving turkey recipe. There are some people who put a lot of time and effort into roasting a turkey. I am NOT one of them. I am interested in a foolproof Thanksgiving turkey recipe that looks and tastes amazing but requires very little work of me. I do not want to baste it every half hour nor fiddle with elaborate preparation techniques. That is just not for me. If you are looking for an easy roast turkey recipe that is fantastic, you have come to the right place! This recipe is (NO JOKE) mostly hands-off and includes options for both an easy dry rub recipe and a simple brine!


wood circle platter with roast turkey, sliced apples, greens and grapes ready to be served


2. Smoked Ham

Some Thanksgiving celebrations have BOTH a roasted turkey and a ham. If that sounds like your family or you just want to spice things up a bit this year, let me introduce you to my smoked ham recipe. It’s fantastic and gets rave reviews! The smoked ham is brushed with a spiced maple glaze and dotted with whole cloves for a very impressive looking main dish that can be shown off. If you have any ham leftover, I highly recommend giving these Leftover Ham Stuffed Sweet Potatoes a try!


whole cooked smoked ham with knife and plates


3. Oven Poached Salmon

Looking for something a bit lighter or need to accomodate Pescatarians at your Thanksgiving feast? My citrus and herb oven poached salmon is a stunning way to add another entree to the menu. Poached in bone broth infused with herbs, spices, and citrus, this easy poached salmon recipe is ready in just under 30 minutes!


whole salmon fillet with sliced citrus and herbs on a baking sheet


4. Vegetarian Lasagna

If anyone you know is Italian-American, then you probably know that most Italian-Americans serve some kind of baked pasta dish at most family holidays. My gluten-free vegetarian lasagna is a hearty soul-filling dish that will make all of the vegetarians and non-vegetarians at the table swoon (they will be asking you for this recipe!). This version uses gluten-free lasagna noodles but feel free to substitute your favorite brand if you aren’t GF. Oh, and the leftovers are freaking amazing!


slice of vegetarian lasagna on a white plate in front of casserole dish


5. Lemon Chicken Breast

Hosting a smaller gathering or just don’t want to bother with a huge turkey? My baked lemon chicken breast is a great alternative! The chicken is seasoned and baked on the bone covered in fresh lemon slices. Top with parsley and drizzle a little bit of the sauce (that gathers at the bottom of the roasting pan) and your guests will be thrilled!


baked lemon chicken sliced on a dark plate and topped with lemon and parsley

Well? Which one (or more) of these Thanksgiving main dishes are going to grace your table!? I want to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram and use #everydaymaven so I can see.

Happy Thanksgiving, xo alyssa


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5 Thanksgiving Main Dishes Besides Turkey