If you’ll be feeding vegetarians or vegans this Thanksgiving, don’t leave them to nibble on just cranberry sauce and green beans! We’ve gathered up a bunch of meat-free main dish recipes that will leave them just as satisfied as the turkey eaters. But be warned—the carnivores in your crew might steal a bite or two. Read on to discover how to ace a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving.
Lemon and Walnut Crusted Tempeh
For a hearty and satisfying main course, you’ve got to try this amazing tempeh recipe from Green Evi. If you’re not familiar with tempeh, it’s a soy-based protein made with fermented soybeans. In this recipe, it’s steamed and coated in a crunchy and lemony walnut crust—delish! Click here to get all the details on how it’s done.
Wild Rice and Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash
This fall feast from Delish Knowledge is so gorgeous that even meat eaters will want in on it! With pretty delicata squash, hearty wild rice and tart dried cranberries, it’s guaranteed to be a Thanksgiving hit. To get the recipe, click here.
Vegan Pumpkin Baked Ziti
A cheesy pumpkin dish that’s somehow totally dairy-free? Sign us up! This genius recipe from Vegetarian Ventures uses a faux ricotta cheese made from cashews along with nutritional yeast for added cheesiness. Get the recipe by clicking here.
The Great Stuffed Pumpkin
If you’re looking for a vegetarian dish that’s just as impressive as a turkey, this amazing stuffed pumpkin from The View from Great Island is a must. It’s filled with a rainbow of healthy grains, lentils, dried fruit and nuts, and it’ll definitely bring the wow factor to your holiday table. Click here to get all the details.
Tempeh Sausage Stuffed Squash
Vegan, gluten-free and completely tasty, this main dish from Hummusapien is sure to be a hit with vegetarians and carnivores alike. We love using acorn squash (in addition to being delicious, it’s also pretty to look at), and with a savory tempeh, mushroom and kale filling, it makes a super satisfying meal. To get the recipe, click here.
Vegetable Tarte Tatin
You’re sure to wow your guests with this impressive tarte tatin from Two of a Kind. This version uses butternut squash and carrots, but you can tweak the recipe to fit your tastes. Get the recipe (plus some helpful pointers on making it ahead of time) by clicking here.
Mini Pumpkin Pot Pies
Put the season's pumpkins to good use by whipping up a batch of pot pies inspired by Vegetarian Ventures. White beans give the dish a bit more protein, and using store-bought puff pastry helps it come together fairly quickly. Click here to see the recipe.
Lentil and Roasted Root Vegetable Strudel
This strudel from Oh My Veggies is packed full of delicious ingredients: roasted vegetables, hearty lentils, pecan pesto and creamy goat cheese. With all of that goodness, even meat eaters will be dying to try it. To grab the recipe, click here.
Roasted Vegetable Galette
Take advantage of the best vegetables that fall has to offer with this delicious galette from Once Upon a Cutting Board. Topped off with goat cheese and plenty of garlic, this is one super satisfying main dish. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings
How cute are these acorn squash rings from Oh My Veggies?! Luckily they taste as good as they look, with a stuffing made with quinoa, apple, dried cranberries and cheddar cheese. In addition to being an awesome main dish, they work well as a side dish for the carnivores. Click here to get the recipe.