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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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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Looks wonderful! I want that pumpkin bread asap…and of course most everything else. I need to eat breakfast. Enjoy your time off slacker. HA! I keed, I keed. Seriously have a great week!

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      Kiersten
      November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, I will probably spend some time everyday working still. But not a lot!

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    CJ at Food Stories
    November 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Wow … I love all these dishes but I think I just have to have those Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings 🙂

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      Kiersten
      November 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      They definitely make a great Thanksgiving main dish! 🙂

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    November 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    You have done such an AMAZING job with this Thanksgiving meal! You totally deserve time off to enjoy the holiday. These pictures are stunning and I bet that you and Rikki ate your hearts out after that awesome photo shoot!

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      Kiersten
      November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you! After spending so much time on Thanksgiving recipes, I’m feeling like I will probably want takeout on Thanksgiving next week. 😉

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    November 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    What a stunning Thanksgiving meal! I loved this week of posts. So many scrumptious recipes that proved time and again a dish doesn’t have to contain meat to be marvelous. Enjoy your time off next week – you’ve been working hard!

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      Kiersten
      November 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you! I’m so looking forward to the 4 day weekend. 🙂

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    BusyWorkingMama
    November 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Looks delicious!! I could go for a plate.

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    Shirley
    November 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful table, and I wouldn’t mind a plate right now! Fantastic collaboration.

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    Jennifer
    November 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I am completely dying over this post! The carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce! I need to add these to my list of Thanksgiving recipes. I know I can’t make them this year but you better believe next year these will all be on my table!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    November 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    A fantastic Thanksgiving menu. I love those stuffed acorn squash rings and carrots the most!

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    Jennifer The Quirky Momma
    November 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Again, I thank you for your beautiful food. You have inspired me to become mostly vegetarian. I feel so much healthier and alive when I do not consume meat. I’m still eating the stuffed acorn/spaghetti squash rings and they are so amazingly delicious!

    Can you tell that I’m overly excited about your recipes!?!?!? I could gush all day!

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      Kiersten
      November 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      I am so glad to hear that! People always think it’s so hard to be vegetarian or that you spend every meal wishing you were eating steak or a hamburger, but it’s so not true. 🙂

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    November 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is such a great menu. To be honest, the turkey has always been my least-favorite part of the menu, everything else is so vibrant and flavorful. You just got me excited for Thanksgiving this year!

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    Courtney Rae Jones
    November 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Based on these recipes, I think it’s due time I start celebrating American Thanksgiving 🙂 Everything looks so so delicious! Love this menu. Great recipes and beautiful photos.

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you, Courtney!

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    [email protected]
    November 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    looks stunning! i can’t imagine even the most carnivorous person being able to pass this up! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to show off how good vegan/vegetarian food can be.

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you! And yes, I really feel like with all the amazing things there are to eat on Thanksgiving, the turkey is the LEAST impressive. At least, that’s how I always felt when I was a kid!

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    gem
    November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    That all looks divine, but my fave would be the pumpkin bread pudding =)

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      That was my husband’s favorite too!

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    November 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What a delicious spread and gorgeous too! I’d be happy to eat all of this and wouldn’t miss meat even a tiny bit!

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! That’s kind of the ulterior motive with my blog. Distract everything with tasty food so they forget there’s no meat in anything. 😉

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        Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
        November 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        Nice! I was vegetarian for a long time so I can take it or leave it without thinking a thing. It’s crazy though – so many people I know have to have meat at every meal or they don’t consider it a complete dish.

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    Jessi
    November 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Congratz! It came out beautifully!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    November 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    What a wonderful looking dinner!

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    Robin
    November 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    As a matter of fact, I have enjoyed your Thanksgiving posts over the past week. I actually sent your link to my sister-in-law, who is a vegetarian, because you post some great stuff over here 🙂

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you! And feel free to tell everyone you know about my blog. 😉

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    Parsley Sage
    November 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    OHMIGOSH! Can I come over to your house for Thanksgiving?! What an incredible spread. The Wild Mushroom Gravy made my brain go ‘waaaaaaaah!?’

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Well, I think we will probably get takeout for Thanksgiving after I spent the past few months working on these recipes–LOL! It’s been Thanksgiving here since September. 😉

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    Shell Fruscione
    November 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Those whipped sweet potatoes look so good! I may make those to bring to Thanksgiving!

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      They are crazy easy to make too! Which is always a good thing, right?

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    November 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Serious Yum! I am seriously going to need a fork lift to move me to the couch after Thanksgiving next week.

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      I’m trying to watch what I eat now so I can eat more on Thanksgiving, but I’m sure it won’t work out that way–ha.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Except for the mushrooms, I’d eat every bite. Truly delicious!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Such a beautiful spread! Wow everything looks so good. Awesome job!

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    Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy
    November 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, that looks so delicious!! I don;t think anyone would miss the meat!

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    luv what you do
    November 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Everything looks incredible! My mouth is watering looking through all of your pictures!

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you! Rikki did such an amazing job with the photos–I can’t believe that’s my food! 🙂

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    Crista
    November 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    OMG all of this looks so amazing. I may make many of these dishes on Black Friday when I do my (annual) vegan Thanksgiving meal. Thank you for the great ideas and the beautiful photography!

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      Kiersten
      November 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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