21 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes That Rival Any Turkey
Turkey might be the de facto star of the Thanksgiving show, but if you’re eating vegetarian, we’re here to tell you that the days of filling up on dinner rolls and sweet potatoes are long gone. No meat? No problem: With these 21 vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes, everyone can give thanks.
1. Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Forget florets—we’re roasting the whole damn thing. The good news: This yogurt-marinated stunner is as dramatic in presentation as it is easy in preparation.
2. Dorie Greenspan’s Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges
Sure, this would make a knockout side dish…but why not serve it as a main course, alongside plenty of other accoutrements?
3. Stuffed Eggplant
Skip the stuffed bird and make these light, fresh stuffed eggplants instead. (Don’t forget yogurt for dipping.)
5. Hasselback Butternut Squash
The fancy Hasselback technique and honeyed topping make this so much more than a side dish.
6. Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake
Rich, satisfying and gluten-free-optional, this is the ultimate holiday comfort food. It doesn’t *taste* healthy, but that’s the best part.
7. Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash
These pretty gourds are filled with a mix of quinoa, chickpeas, Gruyère and aromatics for a vegetarian-friendly main that’s anything but an afterthought.
8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce
Gnocchi on Thanksgiving? Yeah, we went there.
9. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto
Even though these stuffed mushrooms look fancy, they’re really easy to put together. Top with Parm and parsley for brownie points among your guests.
10. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls
The pasta is made with lots of autumnal herbs and spices, like nutmeg and sage, so even without a squash bowl, it would still be holiday-ready.
11. Vegetable Wellington
This gorgeous dish has a secret. We use store-bought puff pastry to make assembly almost effortless.
12. Cauliflower Steak with Walnut-Kale Pesto
Our favorite vegetable does it again, this time with a vegan pesto and a 30-minute cooking time.
13. Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
You’re going to want to make this one all year round. (Good thing it takes just 30 minutes and is surprisingly healthy.)
15. Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna
We see no problem in serving lasagna at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s got cheese, noodles, veggies—what more could you ask for?
16. Cheesy Sweet Potato Kale Galette
It’s Thanksgiving; you can eat pie for every meal. We should mention this one’s also gluten-free.
20. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls
This year, we’re most grateful for these adorable pumpkin bowls.
21. Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Pecans, Kale and Dried Cranberries
This pretty, vegan main takes 45 minutes to make. Take that, giant turkey.