Anything but Turkey

Garlicky chile shrimp, citrusy chicken thighs, sheet-pan salmon: These recipes put Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror.

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By Emily Weinstein

The headline says it all: We are entering a turkey-free zone. (Unless you have turkey leftovers, in which case I recommend this pho.) The flavors below are a departure from archetypal Thanksgiving dishes.

But first, I want to hear about your holiday meal. Were there any culinary triumphs? Disasters? Did you finally nail that pie? Tell me everything: [email protected] I made several New York Times Cooking dishes, including this vegetarian mushroom bread pudding — one of my favorites and an excellent side dish or main course anytime. It’d really be a dream at brunch.

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1. Shrimp With Chile and Garlic

For this dish, Ali Slagle borrowed the same mayo-marinating technique that Kenji López-Alt used on his Thanksgiving turkey, which yields juicy shrimp with a delectable browned crust. The recipe was written for the grill, but you could broil the shrimp instead, or cook them in a cast-iron stove over high heat (turn on the vent, open the windows).

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2. Beet Salad With Coriander-Yogurt Dressing

This gorgeous salad from Yewande Komolafe looks and tastes far more complex than it is, and it works as a main course for two to three people. Roast the beets yourself, or buy them cooked at the store for even greater ease.

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3. Roasted Squash With Spiced Onion Gravy

I’ll concede that squash is a very Thanksgiving ingredient, and this newsletter is supposed to move us beyond all of that. But this recipe from Sohla El-Waylly looks so good to me that I had to put it in this newsletter stat. And here we are! Serve it with salted yogurt as a main course (adding a can of chickpeas and extra gravy wouldn’t hurt) or as a side dish.

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4. Sazón Chicken Breasts

Here, Von Diaz marinates boneless chicken in a mixture of sazón — the scarlet-colored, cumin-rich spice blend — and freshly squeezed orange juice. The results are fragrant, juicy and satisfying without too much work.

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5. Sheet-Pan Salmon and Broccoli With Sesame and Ginger

I’ve made this light dinner from Lidey Heuck a few times lately. It’s almost shockingly fast and easy, with great flavor — a paradigm of weeknight cooking. Definitely try it if you’re into that kind of thing, which, if you read this newsletter, you most likely are!

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