Unique Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

While Thanksgiving comes around only once a year, sometimes the traditional Thanksgiving spread can get a bit old. I mean, we all love turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, but you probably did that last year right? If you’re bored of the same ol’ thing and don’t want to spend hours picking out the innards of the big gobbly bird, we’ve compiled a list of unique ways for you to mix up your holiday meal this year.


Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, right? What are the meals, dishes or food genres you’re most thankful for? Personally, we couldn’t live without Mexican food or pepperoni pizza. So why not make a Thanksgiving spread that features the favorite dishes of each person in your holiday party. Sure, a dinner of cheeseburgers, ice cream and chocolate bonbons might not be the most cohesive or nutritious meal, but it’s Thanksgiving – live a little! And each person in your party is guaranteed to love at least one item on the menu. Plus, you can always complement the spread with some healthy foods to round it out.

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While Thanksgiving is technically an American holiday, every culture and community knows what it means to be thankful. To celebrate this international sentiment, why not craft a Thanksgiving meal of dishes from each continent? Epicurious and the Cooking Channel both offer pretty robust lists of international dishes and recipes, so take a look and see if you can find something new and unique to share with your guests. And I don’t know about you, but these West African Banana Fritters look and sound delicious!

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One way to break out of the Thanksgiving food rut, but to still maintain aspects of the holiday is to have a tailgating Thanksgiving, were you roll the food and the football into one. It’s a more casual way to enjoy the holiday, and you can revamp the traditional Thanksgiving food items while maintaining their essence. Grilled turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and pumpkin ale?  I mean, Thanksgiving is already going to be different this year. No more UT / A&M rivalry – so you might as well mix it up even more.

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If you still want turkey, but want a different way of preparing it, Delish.com offers a list of unique ways of cooking the big bird – deep fried, turkducken and more.

Whatever your fancy, or however adventurous you want to get this Thanksgiving season, there are so many ways to mix up your holiday meal, from the main dish, to the sides, to the whole shebang. We’d love to hear the ways that you’ve made YOUR Thanksgiving special, whether it’s been the food, the games, or the traditions you and your family have enjoyed.

Please share with us, and be thankful for all the good you have in your life. We’re thankful that you’ve read this. Happy Thanksgiving!

Texas State University Football

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As you may know, football is kind of a big deal in Texas.  To some, it is even something of a religion.  Just south of Plum Creek in San Marcos is Texas State University.  The Texas State Bobcats have a rich football tradition and even won the 2008 Southland Conference Title under head coach Brad Wright, a TXST alum.  Come out to Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium this fall to watch an old-fashioned game of pigskin!

Check out Bobcatfans.com to stay up-to-date on TXST news and events.

TXST Official football website



Texas State, San Marcos


Just a short trip down south leads to Texas State University, the only college in Texas to have a U.S. president as an undergrad alumni (LBJ). TXST enrolls over 29,000 students yearly, and is ranked Teir 1 University according to US News.


  1. TXST is organized in NCAA’s Southland Conference and offers a more affordable option for watching college athletics in person. We suggest checking out home games against rivals University of Texas at San Antonio or Nicholls State University.
  2. Don’t feel like getting down to San Marcos? If you live in Plum Creek, you can likely get the University’s radio station, KTSW, broadcasts at 89.9 MHz.

The University of Texas, Austin

The lighting of The Tower is a common UT Tradition. Photo by Stephen Reidmiller

The lighting of "The Tower" is a common UT tradition. Photo by Stephen Reidmiller


The University of Texas is one of the largest and respected Universities in the US. Sports Illustrated ranked UT as America’s Best Sports College” in 2002, and there is always a game to see somewhere on the 40 Acres.


  • Football tickets are expensive and often hard to come by. If you don’t care who they are playing, try for a non-conference game. Additionally, save money and hassle by attending any of the other sports for a fraction of the cost. We recommend Men/Womens Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, or Woman’s Soccer. All are quite fun.
  • Tower Tours are available and offer a great view of downtown. We suggest calling and reserving ahead of time.
  • The Frank Erwin Center is houses everything from UT Basketball to Ringling Brothers Circus. Check out their site often for the latest events.
  • UT is home to several museums. We suggest checking out the rotating archives at the Ransom Center, which includes an original Gutenberg Bible and the Watergate Files. There is also the LBJ Presidential Library, The Blanton Museum of Art, and the Texas Natural Science Center.
  • The Performing Arts Center is a great way to see broadway shows year round.