15 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
If you're looking to add some vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes to your holiday spread, these flavorful options won't disappoint.
If your goal is to make Thanksgiving more sustainable this year, you're in luck: By swapping some of the traditional meatless dishes for some vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes, you'll wind up with a holiday dinner that's not just delicious but also planet-friendly.
While classic Thanksgiving dinner staples like turkey are undoubtedly delicious, they come with a cost: A 20-pound Thanksgiving turkey can generate about 64 pounds of CO2. By choosing a meatless main, your meal will instantly have a lower environmental footprint. Or, source a more ethical turkey and opt for vegetarian sides to create a more sustainable spread.
No matter which route you choose, we have plenty of vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes that even your pickiest dinner table guests will love.
15 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes to Make This Year
1. Tempeh Sausage Stuffed Squash
This vegetarian main course will certainly get people talking. The acorn squash is stuffed with a "meaty" mixture of tempeh, mushrooms, pecans, kale, and plenty of savory seasonings for a healthy and delicious dish.
2. Cinnamon Oatmeal Baked Apples
Photo: Dianne's Vegan Kitchen
Baked apples are the perfect dessert to pair with vanilla ice cream. While the dish is naturally gluten-free and vegan, it's also easily modifiable to be nut-free.
3. Million Dollar Mac and Cheese Casserole
Photo: Buns in My Oven
One way to take classic mac and cheese up a notch is to bake it in casserole form. This dish is creamy, super-rich, and just begging to be added to your holiday spread.
4. Portobello Steaks with Pesto Aioli
Photo: Making Thyme for Health
Yep, vegetarian steaks are totally possible with some portobello mushrooms on hand. This dish is grilled and seasoned to perfection, then topped with creamy pesto aioli.
5. Vegetarian Stuffing
Photo: Love & Lemons
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. This vegetarian version uses day-old sourdough bread (a great way to use leftovers!), salted butter, veggie broth, fresh veggies (like celery and leeks), and flavorful herbs.
6. Spicy Jalapeño Artichoke Dip
Photo: The Recipe Critic
Artichoke dip is a classic appetizer that usually doesn’t have a kick. This recipe promises to change that by adding jalapeños to balance the cool cream cheese and simple artichoke flavors. Eat it with everything from vegetables to crackers to chips.
7. Pomegranate Apple Spinach Salad
Photo: A Simple Palate
This fruity harvest salad is sure to be a favorite with its big flavors from feta, honey, apple, pomegranate, and a light homemade dressing. Don't be surprised if your guests go for seconds.
8. Truffle Ricotta and Mushroom Lasagna Roll-Ups
This flavorful lasagna is stuffed with vegan truffle ricotta made with tofu, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and a handful of other simple ingredients.
9. Red Wine and Orange Cranberry Sauce
Photo: TastyBalance Nutrition
People have been finding ways to spice up traditional cranberry sauce forever, but here’s a must-try: adding sustainable red wine and freshly-squeezed orange juice. This combination doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expect of a cranberry sauce, but its likeness to sangria gives it a cosmopolitan twist.
10. Herbed Feta Biscuits
Photo: Two of a Kind
If you’re getting tired of eating plain old dinner rolls, give these flaky feta biscuits a try. With just the right amount of cheese and the inclusion of Mediterranean flavor, they're neither overwhelming nor predictable. And while they're fantastic on their own, they also make for the perfect turkey (or tofurky) sandwich with leftovers.
11. Marinated Cheese
Photo: Recipes Worth Repeating
Marinated cheese is a holiday fan favorite. It can be eaten on crackers, with a salad, or straight from a spoon. It’s also incredibly easy to make, requiring short preparation time and simple ingredients.
12. Raw Mini Apple Pies
Photo: Eating Bird Food
While pumpkin pie tends to dominate the Thanksgiving dessert scene, apple pie isn’t all that far behind. This healthy twist on the classic features a crust made from Medjool dates, shredded coconut, and unsalted almonds.
13. Pumpkin Ravioli
Photo: The Pioneer Woman
This simple ravioli is made with browned butter, pine nuts, sage, and creamy pumpkin filling. Once you try it, it'll be on your must-make list for years to come.
14. Crispy Roasted Cauliflower
Photo: Make It Dairy Free
This cauliflower dish is packed with flavor. It's perfectly crispy and seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and other seasonal spices.
15. Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Photo: Rainbow Plant Life
The ultimate fall food, coming right up. Whip up a dish of these vegan pumpkin stuffed shells, featuring plant-based ricotta made from tofu.
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