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Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives

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Food is an integral part of the Thanksgiving holiday, with friends and family gathering to share a meal. The traditional feast involves turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, but you certainly aren’t limited to those dishes! This year may be the year to try something new for Thanksgiving. Switching things up can breathe new life into your Thanksgiving routine and give your guests something to talk about! In this week’s The Element Apartment Homes Blog, we’ve got a few alternatives for you to try this Thanksgiving holiday.

Prime Rib

  • 5 pounds beef prime rib (or larger* if larger, double the spices/seasonings)

  • Sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

  • 8 cloves garlic , minced

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • horseradish , for serving (optional)


If you’re the type of person who doesn’t particularly like turkey for Thanksgiving, branch out and try some prime rib! The best part about this recipe? You can just substitute the prime rib for the turkey and have the same side dishes and it would still work.


  • 1 1/3 cups dry white wine, divided

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped shallots, divided

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 8 (4-ounce) cooked Maine lobster tails in shells (from 8 [2 1/2 to 3-pound] lobsters)

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage

  • 3 ounces whole-grain bread, pulsed in a food processor to coarse crumbs


This may seem like an interesting alternative, but we can assure you that it’s delicious! Break away from the ordinary with this lobster recipe instead of your turkey this Thanksgiving. Seafood will give you a different feel altogether, which will make your Thanksgiving unique! Before using this recipe, consider your guests’ dietary restrictions! You don’t want to serve lobster to people who are allergic! 


Do you have any recipes you’d like to share with our Mt. Prospect, IL apartment community? Leave us a comment!