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Non-Poultry Dinner Ideas (and non-sweet potato too, for that matter)

November 17,2011
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Before I was a mom, my job was stressful and I did not often meal plan.  There was a Harris Teeter on my way home, so I often swung by the grocery store on my way home from work and picked up food for dinner.  Not the most efficient way to do meals, but I was young, busy and distracted.

So distracted in fact, that one year, I brought home a roast chicken for dinner the week before Thanksgiving.  I had been so wrapped up with work and life that I had forgotten that we’d be having a similar big meal the next week.  Not the end of the world, for sure, but it did make the roast turkey on Thanksgiving a little less special and tasty.

Chicken seems to be the most popular dinner item, so do you need a little inspiration for your meals in the next week so you avoid eating poultry, or for that matter, sweet potatoes, stuffing or apple pie too?  

Here’s a list of a few dinner entrees that are not only poultry-free, they are quick and easy, leaving you plenty of time for your holiday preparations!

Naan Pizza;  Take baked naan bread (an Indian flat bread you can find in many groceries--Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle, etc) and spread with some marinara, vegetables and cheese.  Voila!  Easy Naan Pizza:



Brinner, aka, Breakfast for Dinner:  We love breakfast tacos and burritos, using canned black beans, scrambled eggs, and toppings like avocado, shredded cheese and salsa.  Easy to make:



Roasted Vegetable Lasagna:  Healthy, vegetarian lasagna.  Click here for the recipe.



Gnocchi with Alfredo and Vegetables:

Buy pre-made gnocchi and add jarred alfredo and vegetables.  An instant dinner that everyone will love:



Hope these non-poultry dishes cleanse your palate for the big turkey day!

SPC