This Thanksgiving, be sure to get creative with your protein-packed main attraction—the turkey, of course. There’s tons of reasons why you should look forward to gobbling down some turkey, even though most people show up for the pies and side dishes.

Turkey’s chockfull of essential vitamins and minerals (and yes, the essential amino acid tryptophan that will give you a sleepy feeling), and if you know how to prepare it properly it provides more than 20 grams of protein with minimal fat content. Of course, if you’re a legs and thighs person (we’re still talking poultry here so get your mind out of the gutter) you’ll be consuming a bit more fat, but hey you all need a treat every once and a while.

On some feast tables, an entire turkey might be just too much food, while others are craving a new way to dress up the classic roast whole turkey. After all, we’re pretty sure you’ve eaten more than your fair share of roasted turkey with gravy — it’s not that there’s anything wrong with that but why not do something a little more exciting for this special occasion?

Here are nine ways you can shake up your Thanksgiving turkey using different parts of the bird—or just some new ideas on how to make a whole turkey. You don’t even need to be a Michelin-rated chef to pull these off.

Toby Amidor is the owner of Toby Amidor Nutrition and best-selling author of Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook, and The Greek Yogurt Kitchen.

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