If you’re looking for Thanksgiving menu ideas, or non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas, you’re in the right spot. Whether you just want to switch things up a little bit or are following a specific eating style (keto or vegan, anyone?), we went searching high and low to find the best Thanksgiving menu ideas for everyone.
We know that this year, this holiday may look a little different because of COVID-19. And that’s totally okay! Maybe you’re forgoing the huge family get together and doing your best to minimize trips to the grocery store. We get it. Or, maybe you’re still celebrating with the fam but on a smaller scale. However you’re celebrating, we hope it’s a GR8 holiday for you and yours. But it’s important to be prepared well in advance this year, as grocery stores may experience shortages of essential goods due to issues with their supply chain or shoppers stocking up. We recommend shopping for all non-perishable items well in advance to ensure the stores aren’t out of stock at the last minute.
Follow these helpful tips when shopping for Thanksgiving during COVID-19:
- Order or purchase non-perishable items like canned goods well in advance.
- Make a back-up plan and pick alternate dishes and ingredients in case your first choice is out of stock.
- Place your order online for either curbside pick-up or delivery to avoid the crowded stores.
Ordering Ingredients for Thanksgiving Menu Ideas
One of the best routes to take this Thanksgiving may be ordering all of the ingredients for the dishes you plan to make online. This can help minimize the amount of time you spend in contact with the public, reducing your risk for contracting COVID-19. Not only does shopping online, or in-app, for non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas keep you safe, but it’s super convenient.
When you order groceries online you get hours back in your day. That’s time you can spend enjoying activities with the kiddos, watching a movie with your significant other, or catching up on other work around the house. Your local grocery store may have an app where you can order directly off your phone. If not, go to their website. Many offer online ordering direct from their .com. Additionally, major services like Instacart and Shipt connect consumers with multiple stores, so you can shop at your preferred spot from the comfort of home.
Don’t worry about what will happen if your grocery store is out of your favorite brand, either. These apps and ordering platforms let you select alternate options in case that happens, and often they connect you with your shopper digitally so you can instant message back and forth regarding replacements, swaps, and refunds.
Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
2020 isn’t your typical year – we all know this by now. But instead of focusing on the bad, or the stressful, why not take advantage of it and make this the year you try some non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas. Let the year of COVID-19 be the year you and your loved ones find your new favorite dish. If you’re not traveling, it’s likely that you’ll have more time at home to experiment in the kitchen with some unique ideas.
When you download the GR8 Annual Thanksgiving Recipe Book, you’ll get Thanksgiving menu ideas that put a new spin on the classics, as well as a few that are totally different – in a good way. Learn how to make vegan versions of your old favorites, and try unique fusion recipes that blend flavors in a way you may have never thought of before.
You’ll find recipes for the following non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas:
- Paleo-friendly recipes
- Keto recipes
- Vegan recipes
- Gluten-free recipes
- Recipes for those with nut allergies
- Super simple 2- and 3-ingredient recipes
- And more
And if you’re more of a traditional eater, don’t worry, there are recipes in there for you as well. We know that not everyone follows a vegan or gluten-free eating style so we kept some more mainstream ideas in there too. But mainstream doesn’t mean boring. Picture fresh fruit glazes and chutneys, festive pumpkin spice packed dishes, sweet and punchy mock-tails, and more. There truly is something for everyone.
Make This Thanksgiving GR8
If you’re looking to make this holiday a GR8 one, with Thanksgiving menu ideas that are sure to please the crowd, look no further. We have you covered from start to finish, with appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and fun drinks all included. Put together a full meal with our list of non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas, or pick and choose a few of your favorites to add to your traditional menu.
Either way, you can’t go wrong. And one thing is for sure. After your loved ones try these new recipes, they’ll be asking for them on holidays for years to come. We have recipes for veggie lovers, meat lovers, chocolate lovers, and everyone in between. Happy feasting!