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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
I hope you’ve enjoyed the week of vegetarian Thanksgiving posts that I put together with Rikki! I’ve gotten so used to working on my own as a blogger that it’s nice to collaborate with someone else once in a while and see my food through another photographer’s eyes (or camera lens). And Rikki isn’t just an amazing photographer, but she’s also a great friend and mentor who totally gets my food, so I can’t imagine working with anyone else. I’m totally thrilled with how all of her photos turned out in these vegetarian recipes for a vegetarian thanksgiving menu!

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
Here’s our complete menu with vegetarian recipes for thanksgiving main course:

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash RingsQuinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted acorn squash rings stuffed with quinoa, apples, cranberries, sage, and cheddar. A main dish for vegetarians that also works as a side dish for everyone else!

Whipped Sweet PotatoesWhipped Sweet Potatoes

Vanilla-scented sweet potatoes lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with candied pecans. The perfect alternative to the typical marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

Rosemary Roasted CarrotsRosemary Roasted Carrots

Heirloom carrots make this simple Thanksgiving side dish a showstopper.

Green Beans & Caramelized ShallotsGreen Beans & Caramelized Shallots

Tender roasted green beans are topped with caramelized shallots.

Wild Mushroom GravyWild Mushroom Gravy

Don’t forget the gravy! This Wild Mushroom Gravy is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite mashed potato recipe.

French Bread Stuffing with Swiss Chard & Caramelized Red OnionsFrench Bread Stuffing with Swiss Chard & Caramelized Red Onions

This is my favorite recipe from our Thanksgiving line-up. I’m usually not a big stuffing fan, but adding veggies and cheese to it makes it so much more flavorful.

Ginger Orange Cranberry SauceGinger Orange Cranberry Sauce

The secret ingredient in this cranberry sauce is ginger ale! Don’t be too intimidated to make your own cranberry sauce–it couldn’t be easier.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Creme AnglaiseSlow Cooker Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise

Make the creme anglaise a day in advance and let the bread pudding cook while you eat dinner and this dessert is completely stress-free. And since it’s made in the slow cooker, it frees up space in the oven too!

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
I hope through my recipes and Rikki’s stunning photography, we’ve been able to show you that a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be about sacrifice or bland food or sad meat substitutes. As I like to say, when the food you’re eating is good, you focus on what’s on your plate, not what’s missing from it! Thanksgiving is about gratitude, family, and friends—not turkey.

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu
I won’t be posting any new recipes next week, but I will be putting together a round-up of other vegetarian main dishes for Thanksgiving on Monday and I’ll be back with What I Ate This Week on Friday. I’m taking some time off next week, so if I’m a little slow with emails or comment replies, that’s why.

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    Nanci
    November 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Last year, I made a Christmas dinner where everything was vegan except store-bought honey-baked ham, and the crock pot full of Mac-n-cheese for the kiddos. (We had guests so I was reluctant to tell their kids to “suck it up, buttercup,” like I do my own.) no one even suspected the sides were vegan, and it was the most delicious Thanksgiving dinner ever!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2015 at 8:20 am

      I love that! We do the same with our family. We have 2 vegetarians and 2 vegans, so all the sides are vegan and none of the meat eaters seem to mind. 🙂 And with all those veggie sides, we don’t even need a vegan main dish!

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    Genie
    September 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    YUM! I’m finally turkeyed out and ready to try something new for Thanksgiving this year. Your menu looks fabulous. I was thinking stuffed squash but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to use for the stuffing….the quinoa is perfect!

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    Candace
    November 24, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes! I’m thinking of making the bread pudding tomorrow evening, but I don’t own a slow cooker. Any suggestions on how to do it in the oven instead? The advice would be much appreciated!! Thanks!

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    karen
    October 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    The links to half of these recipes don’t work…please help!

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      Katie Trant
      October 24, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for letting us know, Karen. We’re looking into it!

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    Rachel
    November 17, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Wow! I cannot thank you enough! My wonderful in-laws are spending Thanksgiving with us and my momma in-love is basically vegan, every time she stays with us, I always feel terrible that she can’t eat what we are eating and I really wanted to make her feel included this Thanksgiving- with a few tweaks, I know I can make this meal work for her! This is a stunning presentation and it all sound so delicious! You just made my Thanksgiving a whole lot more thankful ☺️

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      Katie Trant
      November 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Yay! We’re so glad you found this helpful, Rachel!

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    Sher
    November 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hi 🙂
    I’m not able to find the bread pudding recipe anywhere. Can you send me the link again? Thanks so much!

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      Katie Trant
      November 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hey Sher, some of those links aren’t going to recipes anymore and we’re looking into why. We’ll get back to you!

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        Sher
        November 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

        Thanks Katie!

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    Purvi
    November 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Hello,
    I can’t find the recipe for the stuffing. Is there any way you can have that re-posted? I have a few family members who are requesting the recipe for Thanksgiving this year 🙂

    Thanks!

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      Katie Trant
      November 22, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Hey Purvi, we’re working on sorting out the broken links. Will get back to you!

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    Penny
    November 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

    It’s too bad that these delishious looking dishes done like to any of the recipes. Thanks for the ideas, I’ll have to look elsewhere for the actual recipes.

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    Caroline
    November 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Katie, I found your wonderful menue. But unfortunately some links do not work. How can I get the recipes? I would love to to cook it for Thanksgiving this year. Thanks a lot! Caroline

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    Kristin Slavick
    November 26, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Hi!

    I would love to make the whipped sweet potatoes and the green beans but not seeing a recipe, it just leads me to the photographers website. Do you have these potentially in another location on the site? Thanks so much! Everything looks so beautiful!

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