Whether it’s being cooked by your mama or pardoned by the President, turkey has long been the centerpiece of Thanksgiving. But the times might be a-changing. As Maria Lamagna at MarketWatch reports, people aren’t relying on those classic recipes as much anymore:
Experts say the slowdown might be purely practical. After all, if you’re cooking at home, stopping by the family feast, and attending a Friendsgiving this year, you probably don’t want to eat turkey and stuffing three times. Others say millennials could be behind the switch to more outré eats (because of course).
The reason could also be a financial one. Turkeys are expensive. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, people spent an average of $22.74 on the turkey alone. (And if you’re not brave enough to cook it yourself, the pre-made varieties can cost twice that.) Switching to tofu and more leafy greens could just be easier on your wallet.
If you are going traditional this year, there is some good news: You’ll get a bit of a price break, too (albeit a small one). Lamagna said:
Curious how the rest of your Thanksgiving meal breaks down? Check out “Thanksgiving Dinner in 2016: More Tofu and Less Turkey” at MarketWatch.