Thanksgiving meals for vegetarians

Thanksgiving meals for vegetarians

By: Lauren Turner | Published: November 8 , 2019

I decided to go vegetarian last year in May. In my search for vegetarian options for this holiday season, I’ve come across some pretty crazy adaptations from traditional meals. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you may have family members or friends who are, and making a small gesture to acknowledge their diet will be sure to make their day.

Below are a few main and side dishes for vegetarians, as well as a few vegan desserts that sound delicious to me, and hopefully for you, too!

Vegetarian Chickpea Pot Pie (

This spin on a classic southern meal is sure to please the crowds. With a creamy, hearty, filling, this recipe is a crowd pleaser. Plus it’s an easy way to get the kids to eat their vegetables!

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Veggie Couscous (

This main dish requires a little extra elbow grease, but isn’t too difficult to complete. The challenge comes from roasting the squash, but if you cut and oil it correctly, you’ll have this dish in the bag. The couscous and veggies that fill the butternut squash add lots of nutritional value as well as flavors to this dish, and the dish itself is pretty traditional. Anyone should be willing to give this dish a try-the reward is great and your family will be impressed.

Honey Roasted Carrots (

This simple side dish complements almost any Thanksgiving meal. A sweet spin on the carrots brings a new flavor to your dinner table, and you can easily add spices of your choice to change things up. Additionally, this recipe is short and sweet, so anyone can master it.

Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries (

This side dish combines sweet, savory, and even a hint of salt to bring a variety of flavors to your meal. Now, I know brussel sprouts are everyone’s childhood enemy, but hear me out-when you cook and season them well, they’re amazing… I can testify. Cranberries are typically one of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, usually found in sauces or even on salads, so adding them in this dish really brings your vegetarian meal full circle and back in with the classics. 

Vegan Green Bean Casserole (

Vegan cooking is usually thought to be difficult and unrewarding, but with this recipe, I can assure you that you won’t be let down. With a fried onion topping, a little cayenne pepper, and other secret flavor combinations, this dish is sure to elevate your dinner to a whole new level. Be sure to read the recipe notes though, switching to vegan recipes can add a few extra steps to the preparation, but they’re easy to master.

Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (

These cookies are sure to bring the flavors of fall full circle this Thanksgiving. Vegan foods tend to be lighter than dairy-based products, so these cookies won’t leave you feeling heavy and weighed down after you’ve eaten, unless you stuff yourself at dinner. The seasoning and pumpkin flavor of these cookies makes them a delight for all, even the family members who love their meats won’t be able to tell a difference!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (

This recipe can be made in one bowl, and easily adapted to be gluten free if needed. Many pie crusts that can be bought at the store contain lard, which vegans do not eat. This website offers a recipe for homemade vegan pie crust, or you can buy some-just make sure you do your research! Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving classic, so finishing off the holiday with this dessert is sure to be a hit.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread (

Pumpkin bread is a fall staple in my house, and this adaptation isn’t far from the traditional recipe. There are plenty of recipe notes on this website as well, so if you’re lost along the way you can get right back on track. This light and airy bread is certainly a Thanksgiving favorite in my family, and this version is sure to become popular as soon as you try it out.

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