Turn disaster into delight with quick and easy alternatives

Every family has a Thanksgiving horror story about when cooking the turkey did not go to plan (Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash)


We've all been there - the Thanksgiving turkey is still frozen, and unable to thaw in time. Maybe it is overcooked, undercooked, or maybe even burnt to a crisp. But don't panic! You can still save the day with these three quick and easy recipes. They're delicious, satisfying, and will have your guests forgetting about the turkey in no time.

1. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian dish that can be prepared in just 15 minutes. All you need is spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and parsley. Begin by cooking the spaghetti. While it's boiling, sauté the garlic in olive oil until it's golden brown. Add the red pepper flakes, then add the cooked spaghetti. Stir until the spaghetti is well coated in the garlic oil, then garnish with parsley. Pair this with a nice bottle of Barbera and your guests will be singing your praises.

2. Vegetable Stir Fry

A vegetable stir fry is a healthy and flavorful option that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Grab your favorite vegetables - Thanksgiving staples like sweet potato, carrots, and green beans are all great options. Sauté them in a pan with some garlic and ginger until they're tender, then add some soy sauce, sesame oil, and a pinch of sugar. Serve this with some steamed rice and you've got a meal that's colorful, nutritious, and sure to please everyone. Just remember to cut the sweet potato into small pieces so it cooks in time. Try with an Alsace Riesling.

3. Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole is a comforting and hearty dish that can be prepared in 45 minutes. You'll need canned tuna, pasta, cheese, and peas. Start by cooking the pasta, then mix it with the tuna, peas, and some cream of mushroom soup. Top it off with cheese, then bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. This casserole is rich, creamy, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser when served with Chardonnay.


Don't let a turkey disaster ruin your Thanksgiving. With these quick and easy recipes, you can salvage the situation and serve a meal that's just as memorable. Remember, it's not about the turkey - it's about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks. Happy cooking!

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