Thanksgiving can be a tough day for vegetarians and vegans. The holiday is about getting together, giving thanks, and eating one big meal—that centers around a turkey.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of other autumnal flavors to celebrate this season, from butternut squash to pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and cranberry. Vegetarian gratin, stuffing, galette, and even shepherd’s pie can substitute for a main course, and hearty soups and salads make the perfect appetizers.
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Whether you’re a vegetarian yourself or you’re hosting one at your Thanksgiving table, keep scrolling for 10 meat-free dishes so good, you might even skip the turkey.
1. Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples
Who said stuffing can't be vegetarian? This version is sure to please even the staunchest carnivore. Get the recipe on Food52.
2. Balsamic Butternut, Kale, and Cranberry Panzanella
This hearty salad combines the flavors of the season into one delicious (and relatively healthy!) dish. Get the recipe on Cookie + Kate.
3. Pumpkin Chili
You won't even miss the meat in this tasty (and festive) vegetarian chili. Get the recipe on Julia's Album.
4. Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs and Cheese
If you're looking for a vegetarian main course to round out your Thanksgiving table, look no further: Butternut squash and potatoes are covered with cheese and fresh spices in this tasty dish. Get the recipe on Food52.
5. Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata
Lighten up your traditional pasta dish by swapping noodles with spaghetti squash. Get the recipe on Food52.
6. Vegan Shepherd's Pie
Vegans can enjoy shepherd's pie too! This version combines fluffy mashed potatoes and lentils for a filling main dish. Get the recipe on Minimalist Baker.
7. Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa, and Spinach
Made with quinoa, edamame, and avocado, this beet salad is sure to hold you over until the main course. Get the recipe on Cookie + Kate.
8. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Butternut squash is the veggie of the season, and it makes the perfect addition to this already creamy dish. Get the recipe on Cookie + Kate.
9. Roasted Vegetable Galette
Roasted veggies and goat cheese come together in this buttery, flaky masterpiece. Get the recipe on Once Upon a Cutting Board.
10. Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut
Change up your traditional Thanksgiving app by introducing unexpected flavors like miso and coconut. You won't be disappointed. Get the recipe on Food52.