20 Things to Cook This Month That Have Nothing to Do with Thanksgiving
If you're like us, you spend almost all of November sifting through recipes in anticipation of Thanksgiving. But focusing on one day at the expense of the rest of the month is no way to live our lives. The time has come to give the other 29 days some thought. Here are 20 recipes that will not remind you Thanksgiving in the slightest. Because you're already over turkey and candied sweet potatoes, aren't you?
Broccoli rabe is in season, so pair it with penne, hot Italian sausage, crushed pepper flakes, and Parmesan for dinner with a kick.
Keep black beans, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and cornbread on hand to whip up this casserole all month. Look for certified gluten-free cornbread if you're accommodating food allergies, recipe creator mama411 says.
"I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick," recipe creator MIAMI BEACH writes.
This traditional French dish takes some time (including soaking dried great Northern beans overnight), but the end result would be worth the effort on a cold November night.
Use in-season oranges to make this sweet, zesty dish that our home cooks serve over rice or stir-fried veggies.
"If you want to try a real Italian lasagna, this is the one. The sauce is the key and would be great on anything. I added more garlic, but that was it. My family and friends thought this was an old secret family recipe. It is now, and they will never know." — ITALCOOK
"This is a delicious bread, but the best part about it is how fast and easy it is. It rises so quickly." — LovesCheese
You don't have to light up a pit to cook our Barbecued Beef, making this slow cooker dish a surefire solution to fall barbecue cravings.
9. Fish Chowder
"The fishermen of Bodega Bay, California, shared this favorite, quick, and easy recipe with my sister during a fish festival. It's one of the best chowders I've had, and my kids love it, too! We top with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice," recipe creator AMYTHE writes.
"Your busy weeknight needs this dish. Even your lazy Saturdays will be happy with it. My family devoured this. It's so simple to make and it is super delicious and full of flavor," Buckwheat Queen writes. "The first time I made it, I served it over rice. Second time with rice noodles. The next time I make it I'll take the advice of the other reviewer and serve as tacos with cabbage."
11. Arroz Con Pollo
Oregano, bay leaf, garlic, black olives, raisins, and chopped pimento peppers come together in this flavorful dish.
Celery, bell peppers, corn, vegetarian burger crumbles, and three kinds of beans bulk up this spicy, aromatic chili.
A one-pan pot roast serves as a solid weeknight meal thanks to potatoes, carrots, and onions.
"Excellent meal! Easy to make, and the recipe allows for you to add your own veggies. We used cauliflower rice instead of white rice, and it worked perfectly," Andrew Weisert says.
If you're shopping for an unbaked pie crust before Thanksgiving, go ahead and add an extra to the cart for this simple quiche.
Warm orecchiette pasta with Italian sausages would taste extra comforting on a cold night.
A warm bowl of this tomato-based Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style would be an excellent dish to serve on special occasions that aren't Thanksgiving.
This casserole boasts all the flavor of cabbage rolls without the extra time and effort. You can prep it in just 10 minutes.
While traditional Cajun gumbo calls for raw chicken, using rotisserie chicken makes this recipe easier to prep.
With a crisp crust and soft inside, this ciabatta loaf would be perfect for sopping up gravies and pasta sauces.