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25 Micro-Thanksgiving Main Dishes That'll Keep Things Low-Key

This year's holidays might look different, but they can still be delicious.

The holidays obviously look a bit different this year.

Perhaps you're not traveling home to celebrate with family or you're keeping things small this year with immediate family, a partner, or a very limited group of friends. In any case, here are some small and manageable — yet still fantastic — recipes for your micro-holiday meal.

1. Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

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The best way to feed a whole family without the mess? Roast a whole Thanksgiving spread — from the turkey breast and sweet potatoes to the Brussels sprouts and cornbread — all on sheet pans.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

2. Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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Cooking turkey breast in the Instant Pot instead of roasting a whole bird in the oven cuts down on so much time, mess, and effort.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Breast

3. Jerk Turkey Wings

A sheet pan topped with roasted jerk turkey wings.
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If you're struggling to find turkey, just opt for chicken wings. Tomato tomahto, right?

Recipe: Jerk Turkey Wings

4. Turkey Croissant Panini

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Speaking of turkey, it doesn't have to be traditional. Make these deli turkey, brie, spinach, and cranberry sliders on soft and pillowy croissants for lunch or dinner.

Recipe: Turkey Croissant Panini

5. Roasted Delicata Squash Pasta With Kale

A pot of rigatoni pasta with squash, pecans, kale, and pesto.
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This vegetarian-friendly main is loaded with some of the season's best flavors, proving that you don't need any meat for a show-stopping holiday meal.

Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash Pasta With Kale

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This comforting recipe features a bottom layer of turkey filling made with lots of veggies and on the top, it's got a thick layer of creamy mashed sweet potatoes.

Recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

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Made with just a handful of simple ingredients like turkey drumsticks, onion, celery, thyme, and rosemary, this pressure cooker turkey pretty much falls off the bone.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Legs With Gravy

8. Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats

Four halved sweet potatoes topped with ground turkey, cheese, and herbs.
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It's like Thanksgiving dinner in one delicious sweet potato boat. Try adding some additional toppings like pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, or shredded Brussels sprouts.

Recipe: Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats

9. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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Rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and garlic powder, then slow cooked in the Crock Pot, this turkey breast gets super moist and flavorful.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

10. Spicy Sausage Pasta With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A cast iron skillet with orecchiette, Brussels sprouts, crumbled sausage, and goat cheese.
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Follow the recipe and use spicy Italian sausage or stick to the Thanksgiving theme and use ground turkey in its place.

Recipe: Spicy Sausage Pasta With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

11. Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata

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The best thing about a frittata is that it's perfectly appropriate to eat any time of day. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, the choice is yours.

Recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata

12. Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

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You can make this Thanksgiving casserole in advance and freeze it. On the night before Thanksgiving, just thaw it in the freezer then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes.

Recipe: Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

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Using turkey parts like thighs and drumsticks is an easy way to cut costs and reduce cooking time. Massage the turkey with butter and herbs then roast it until the skin is golden brown and crispy and the meat is cooked through and tender.

Recipe: Butter Based Turkey Legs and Thighs With Herbs

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Turn this cheap cut of turkey into a gourmet meal by slow cooking it in a glaze made of olive oil, Sriracha, honey, and chicken stock.

Recipe: Slow Cooked Turkey Legs With Honey Glaze and Garlic

15. Thanksgiving Pizza

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IMHO, every holiday should include pizza. A far cry from your classic Margherita, this pie is topped with gravy, stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Pizza

16. Apple Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin

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Chances are you don't need a 20-pound bird to feed a huge crowd this year. Try this decadent turkey tenderloin, which is filled with pancetta stuffing and then wrapped in prosciutto.

Recipe: Apple Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin

17. Turkey Cranberry Sliders

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A serious crowd pleaser, it's OK to make things more casual this year. You never know, you might want to make these turkey, cheese, and cranberry sliders a new tradition!

Recipe: Turkey Cranberry Sliders

18. Thanksgiving Stromboli

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Make these for Thanksgiving dinner or the day after with all your leftovers. If you're not making turkey, just pick up some store bought turkey breast, ground turkey, or even shredded rotisserie chicken.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Stromboli

19. Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

A glazed ham cut into thin slices.
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Not a fan of turkey? Try slow cooking a holiday ham instead. This one gets coated in a sweet and tangy glaze made of brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

20. Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict

Two poached eggs over turkey breast with cranberry sauce, gravy, and greens on the side.
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Here's to popularizing Thanksgiving brunch. First on the menu: this eggs Benedict inspired by turkey day.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict

21. Mini Turkey and Cranberry Pot Pies

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Made in a muffin tin and filled with a blend of turkey, celery, onion, potato, and chicken stock, these individual pot pies are guaranteed to impress. If you don't want to make the dough from scratch, use the frozen kind.

Recipe: Mini Turkey and Cranberry Pot Pies

22. Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

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This autumnal take on lasagna features a rich and creamy pumpkin sauce layered with no-boil sheet noodles, crumbled sausage, and lots of cheese.

Recipe: Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

23. Turkey Meatloaf With Cranberry Glaze

A loaf of turkey meatloaf with cranberry sauce cut into slices.
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Ground turkey forms the base of this affordable and simple yet totally delicious meatloaf. Instead of a classic ketchup glaze, this version is coated in your favorite cranberry sauce.

Recipe: Turkey Meatloaf With Cranberry Glaze

24. Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Four halves of acorn squash roasted and stuffed with rice and sausage.
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You can easily convert this recipe into a vegetarian main by leaving out the sausage. For something heartier, swap the cauliflower rice for wild rice, quinoa, or farro.

Recipe: Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

25. Turkey and Vegetable Skillet

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Start with ground turkey and add any of your favorite in-season veggies to make this easy yet satisfying one-pot meal.

Recipe: Turkey and Vegetable Skillet