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40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving
Being a vegetarian can be a little bit awkward on a holiday often referred to as Turkey Day. Judging by all the “What do you eat on Thanksgiving?!” questions I get, a lot of people seem to think it’s impossible to celebrate the holiday without a plateful of turkey. (Really, it is possible!) These vegetarian entrees for thanksgiving prove just that.

Last year, I had a lot of people visiting my blog in the days leading up to Thanksgiving in search of advice on how to cook for their vegetarian guests. So I thought I’d make myself useful and put together a post with some vegetarian entrees for thanksgiving. If you’re cooking for a vegetarian this Thanksgiving, here are some helpful tips. Here are some vegan Thanksgiving ideas too.

Make Vegetarian-Friendly Sides
Most vegetarians are happy just eating sides on Thanksgiving. But make sure they’re vegetarian! Stuffing cooked in a turkey or gravy made with drippings don’t count.

Ask What Your Guest Will Eat
I know people who consider themselves vegetarians and eat poultry and fish. Others don’t eat meat, but will eat broth, gelatin, shortening, etc. Because so many people define vegetarianism in so many different ways, the best thing you can do is be clear on what your guest can and cannot eat before you make any meal plans.

Have Your Guest Bring a Dish
This is probably the easiest solution! These vegetarian entrees for thanksgiving will make that much easier.

While there are a few vegetarian faux turkey options out there, I much prefer a homemade main dish made with real ingredients. If my Savory Pumpkin Galette and Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings aren’t your thing, here are 40 more vegetarian main dishes for Thanksgiving.

Stuffed Vegetables

Kale Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms on a Baking Sheet
Kale-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice Salad [Beard & Bonnet]
Stuffed Peppers with Millet & Black Bean Pilaf [Jeanette’s Healthy Living]
Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms [Vegetarian Times]
Squash with Wild Rice & Chanterelle Stuffing [VegNews]
Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew [Epicurious]
Tempeh Bacon & Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes [The Sweet Life]
Onions Stuffed with Rice-Lentil Pilaf [Fat-Free Vegan]

Tarts, Quiches & Pot Pies

Broccoli Cheddar Pot Pies Recipe
Oh-So-Easy Broccoli Cheddar Pot Pies
Savory Green Bean & Mushroom Tart [A Spicy Perspective]
Leek & Olive Tart [Rikki Snyder]
Fall Vegetarian Pot Pie [A Thought for Food]
Harvest Galette [Martha Stewart]
Mushroom Pie in a Whole-Wheat Flax Crust [Vegetarian Times]
Brussels Sprouts & Grape Galette
Swiss Chard & Cheddar Quiche [Real Simple]

Pizzas & Flatbreads

Sweet Potato Pizza
Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale & Caramelized Onions
Sweet Potato Flatbread [Simply Irresistable]
Pumpkin & Fried Sage Flatbread [Foodie Crush]
Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread (pictured above; photo by Rikki Snyder)
Flatbread with Kale, Swiss Chard, Pine Nuts, Currants, Brown Butter & Ricotta Salata [Vegetable Matter]
Roasted Garlic, Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Pizza [The Endless Meal]
Wild Mushroom & Potato Pizza
Fig, Apple & Gorgonzola Flatbread [Steamy Kitchen]

Meatless Loaves

Mini Vegetarian Meatloaves
Mini Vegetarian Meatloaves
The Ultimate Vegetable Lentil Loaf [The Simple Veganista]
Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf [Oh She Glows]
Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms [Fat-Free Vegan]
Vegetables Wellington Redux [Vegetarian Times]
Lentil Loaf [The Muffin Myth]
Broccoli Cheddar Loaf [Vegetarian Times]
Vegetarian Nut Loaf [A Couple Cooks]

Casseroles

Mushroom and Kale Lasagna with Rosemary Cashew Sauce
Mushroom & Kale Lasagna with Rosemary Cashew Sauce
Pumpkin & Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole [Averie Cooks]
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions [Once Upon a Cutting Board]
Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagna (use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth) [Martha Stewart]
Butternut Squash & Duxelles Casserole [Vegetarian Times]
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Garlic & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes [The Fig Tree]
Baby Bella & Kale Casserole
Creamy Baked Pumpkin Rigatoni [Kitchen Treaty]

For more meatless Thanksgiving ideas, click on the Thanksgiving link in my sidebar and visit my Thanksgiving pinboard on Pinterest.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Cookbooks!

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If you’re looking for even more vegetarian and vegan recipes for Thanksgiving (or other holidays), here are some additional resources:

Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Day

Vegetarian Celebrations: Festive Menus for Holidays & Other Special Occasions

Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions

Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays: Delicious & Easy Raw Food Recipes for Parties & Fun at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Holiday Season

Vegetarian Times Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for linking up my Pumpkin & Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole! This is a fabulous roundup and I hope you have a great holiday!

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

      You’re welcome–I hope you have a great Thanksgiving too!

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    Natalie
    November 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Yum! Even though our Thanksgiving has passed, this is a great roundup of meals to try anytime! Thanks for including my mac and cheese in your list!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

      It is totally on my list of things to make soon! So many fall flavors in one dish. πŸ™‚

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    sarah @ two tarts
    November 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    WOW what a great round up. 40! I’m impressed. sending to my mom right now…she’s vegan!

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thank you! And I made your winter squash & black bean burgers this week–they are so good! πŸ™‚

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    HilLesha
    November 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Great list!

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    Jennifer H
    November 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I need to tell my SIL about your site. She’s a vegetarian and would love these recipes!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    November 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    So many yummy dishes!!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

    All of these look and sound so good. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    November 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I’m not a vegetarian but these look like pretty fabulous ways to celebrate even without the meat. Sometimes the meat is overrated anyway. I’m not a huge fan of turkey to begin with.

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Yeah, I never cared for turkey much either even when I did eat meat. The sides are so much better!

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    Shell Fruscione
    November 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Those all sound so yummy! I fill up on sides usually anyway on Thanksgiving & don’t really eat more than a couple of bites of turkey so I could totally make it through the day without meat- especially with yummy recipes like these!

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    November 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

    A belated thank you for including my baked pumpkin rigatoni! Yay!

    This is such a great selection of main dishes. I’m inspired by the loaf section. I tend to veer away from loaf recipes and I’m not even sure why. I think I need to give one of those recipes a try. Loafs need love too, right?!

    I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for December.

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      I have no big theme weeks planned for December–I was thinking about it, but laziness won out. πŸ˜‰

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    vimal sharma
    November 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks for puting for vege dishes recipies

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    Roshani
    January 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Just love these kind of recipes – simple, light, fast and delicious. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

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