Nine Vegetarian Recipes to Serve This Thanksgiving

Vegetarians can feast on everything from butternut squash galettes to tofu turkey.


Thanksgiving photo by Maeve Mitchell

From Thanksgiving turkeys to Christmas roasts, the holidays aren’t exactly the most veg-friendly time of year. But thanks to a wealth of in-season produce, it’s possible to have a delicious but meat-free feast.

We found nine vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes to add to your table this year:

1. Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli
via Oh She Glows

By using the entire potato, this recipe holds onto the spud’s vitamin-filled skin while nixing fatty cream and butter. The aioli is a cinch to whip up, demanding mostly mashed avocado and garlic.

2. Vegan Stuffing
via Serious Eats

Perfect for vegetarians forced to forgo the main course, this stuffing’s emphasis on nuts and veggies makes it healthier and heartier than classic versions.

3. Lightened Corn Casserole
via Chocolate Covered Katie

Corn and cornmeal are the main ingredients in this fluffy side dish, not milk and cream. Bring on the fiber, antioxidants, and B-complex vitamins.

4. Twice-Baked Squash
via NYT Cooking

This hearty whole-squash recipe proves that fall’s favorite fruit can, indeed, be the centerpiece of a meal. Vegan cashew cheese, nuts, and cranberries provide a crispy filling.

5. Stuffed Tofu Turkey
via The Vegetarian Times

Just because the holiday is dubbed “Turkey Day” doesn’t mean vegetarians are stuck with side dishes. Try your hand at a main course with this easy (and inexpensive) plant-based alternative.

6. Butternut Squash Galette with Balsamic Onions and Ricotta
via Naturally Ella

This heart-healthy “pie” is a great mix of sweet and savory—despite containing minimal sugar and salt. In other words, there’s no need to feel guilty about having a slice…or two.

7. Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberry
via Let the Baking Begin

This simple recipe requires minimal ingredients and even less hands-on effort. After stuffing the squash, all you have to do is let it bake.

8. Vegan Pot Pie
via May I Have That Recipe?

In addition to being meat-free, this pot pie gets a lightened-up twist from using olive oil, not butter, in the crust. Plus, it’s packed with veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas.

9. Kale- and Quinoa-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms
via Begin Within Nutrition

Stuffed mushrooms are usually laden with sausage, but this recipe is all about fresh vegetables and whole grains. Go easy on the cheese if you’re watching calories.