4 Delicious Ways to Ditch the Turkey

Ah, the holidays.

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this year, the stress has already started to mount.

Feeding a crowd is hard enough.

Throw in sky-high expectations and a healthy dollup of “tradition”, and you’ve got a recipe for food-related meltdowns.

But what if we told you that you didn’t have to be a slave to tradition?

What if we told you Thanksgiving cooking could be fun?

What if we told you… NOT to cook a turkey?

Turkey can be great, don’t get us wrong.

But cooking a big ole bird that requires hours and hours of time in the oven and is prone to overcooking, only to have your guests dump boatloads (pun intended) of gravy all over it and eat just enough to be polite so they can justify eating dessert… all in the name of “tradition”?

Nah, we’ll pass.

This year, flout tradition. Cook something you’ll have fun cooking that your guests will actually enjoy – novel, we know.


Perfect for: appeasing the purists

Chickens are smaller, and therefore far easier to roast without overcooking. If you have a large crowd, roasting two chickens works just as well as one big turkey. According to Martha Stewart, a high-quality, organic roast chicken doesn’t require nearly as much brining or seasoning to stay moist. (And who are we to question Martha?!)

Try Martha’s crisp-skinned chicken with rosemary potatoes, and a delicious fall salad here.

(Or, if you want even LESS work, whip up some bacon-wrapped chicken breasts and tell your guests to bring the sides!)


Perfect for: Italians and wannabe Italians

Celebrate the Italian “Feast of Seven Fishes” with a flakey and delicious salmon filet dish.

Try this amazingly simple Orange Pomegranate recipe from Taste of Home.


Perfect for: impressing family with your distinguished palette

It is ridiculously easy to make premium, naturally-raised pork tenderloin look and taste super fancy.

Caramelized onion, cranberry, and goat cheese stuffed pork tenderloin combines all the traditional holiday flavours into a decidedly un-traditional roast that looks very Master Chef-esque. Serve with garlic-roasted potatoes and Brussel sprouts for a festive feast.

Need more ideas for your holiday meals?

This chicken is a whole lot of delicious! Our premium whole chickens are sourced from a certified humane poultry farm in Quebec and Ontario, so you can dig in to this full-meal-deal guilt free.