Just because there’s no turkey doesn’t mean it can’t feel like Thanksgiving. There are plenty of vegetarian options that still celebrate all of the delicious flavors of fall which commonly appear at gatherings this time of year.
From stuffed vegetables to gravy that’s made without using any kind of animal fat, you can have a totally delicious and meat-free dinner party this Thanksgiving. These recipes include side dishes and main dishes, so you’re table is going to be full of options.
It’ll take a long time to pass everything around if you make a handful of these recipes, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Get ready to be thankful for these delectable meat-free dishes.
1. Stuffed Squash
Wild rice and pomegranate will fill a butternut squash with a mixture of sweet and savory flavors. Get the recipe.
2. Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms that have been stuffed with spinach and goat cheese make a great main meal or side dish. Get the recipe.
Vegetable stock and shitake mushrooms combine to bring all of the flavor (but none of the animal fat) of traditional Thanksgiving gravy. Use it as a topping on rice, mashed potatoes and more. Get the recipe.
4. Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Baby carrots get a sweet addition when drenched in honey and brown sugar. I’ll take a serving or two of these, please. Get the recipe.
5. Pot Pie
Filled with veggies and tofu, this would make for a very filling and tasty main dish. Or, make them in mini-version and serve them on the side. Get the recipe.
6. Vegetables Wellington
Veggies, nuts and mushrooms make this classic wellington-style recipe perfect for those who don’t eat meat (and maybe even for the carnivores out there, too, because it looks that good). Get the recipe.
7. Quinoa Stuffing
With apples, lemon juice and maple syrup mixed in with quinoa and sweet potatoes, this is sure to be a super flavorful addition to the rest of your Thanksgiving feast. Get the recipe.
8. Squash & Kale Lasagna
Lasagna for Thanksgiving doesn’t sound half bad— especially when it’s filled with squash, kale and tons of cheese. Get the recipe.
9. Cauliflower Gratin
This is basically a healthier version of mac ‘n cheese because this cauliflower is smothered in a flour and milk gravy of sorts. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.
10. Broccoli & Cauliflower Parmesan Bake
This combines bread, cheese, garlic and vegetables. Those are basically my favorite ingredients, so I know what I’ll be bringing to my family’s Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.
11. Wild Rice No-Meatloaf
Wild rice, beans and walnut come together to give a delicious vegetarian take on a meatloaf. Get the recipe.
12. Pumpkin Soup
There’s sure to be pumpkin pie for dessert, but you can squeeze it in at dinner also with this pumpkin soup recipe. Get the recipe.
13. Sweet Potato Casserole With Carmelized Onions & Goat Cheese
A unique take on sweet potatoes, this is a great way to ditch the marshmallow topping this Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.
14. Butternut Squash & Kale Stuffed Shells
These giant pasta shells are sure to be very fit for the season when stuffed with squash and kale. Get the recipe.
15. Mushroom, Chestnut & Cranberry Tart
I feel like you don’t typically have savory tarts, but this one sounds incredible. Get the recipe.
With these vegetables, nuts and tons of savory flavors, all of the Thanksgiving traditions are still present— minus the Turkey, of course, but you won’t miss that at all.