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Vegetarian ThanksgivingDo you have vegetarian guests coming to your Thanksgiving dinner this year? Are you newly vegetarian and have no clue where to start in the kitchen this holiday season? We’ve brought you the best of the best Thanksgiving recipes on the net. These delicious meal ideas won’t leave you or your guests starving on Turkey Day.

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We’ve broken it down into main dishes, sides and desserts so you can pick and choose what you want on your menu this year.

Main Dishes:

Butternut Squash Risotto (simplyrecipes.com)

Risotto is a great hearty main dish option for non-turkey eaters out there. This risotto also takes advantage of squash being in season. Just switch out the chicken broth for veggie broth and you’re all set!

Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf (glutenfreegoddess.com)

Quinoa provides a nuttier taste than rice which is great for a special holiday meal. The mushrooms also provide a hearty, meat-like element to the dish.

Vegetarian Lentil Rice Loaf (about.com)

Think meatless meatloaf. Lentils are one of the most nutritious and hearty foods and are perfect for a vegetarian main dish.

Sides:

Kale & Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes (101cookbooks.com)

These mashed potatoes are not only scrumptious but also a tad more nutritious than your plain potatoes. There’s no dairy (so vegans can indulge!) and the kale adds some color and texture to the dish.

Vegetarian collard greens recipeVegetarian Gravy (allrecipes.com)

This recipe is also vegan as well so it’s perfect for those who don’t do dairy or who are lactose intolerant.

Vegetarian Collard Greens (foodnetwork.com)

Sure, greens are best with pork but don’t let your vegetarians suffer without some tasty greens at the table!

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans (101cookbooks.com)

This recipe includes leeks which add some real zing to this simple side dish.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (theveggietable.com)

Think “twice baked potatoes” when attempting this recipe. Also the skin is included which is full of nutrition!

Vegetarian Stuffing (vegweb.com)

You can do two things with this recipe: stuff in the turkey and then also bake it in a pan for the vegetarians.

Baby Brussels Sprouts With Buttered Pecans (epicurious.com)

Brussels sprouts are the perfect winter holiday veggie and can be cooked a variety of ways. Here’s one that’s especially delicious and hearty for vegetarians!

Thanksgiving acorn squash recipeStuffed Acorn Squash (dianasaurdishes.com)

You can either include this as a main dish or a side dish for a great seasonal addition to your Thanksgiving meal.

Homemade Dinner Rolls (theveggietable.com)

Impress your guests by ditching the store-bought dinner rolls and bake some from scratch. This recipe is easy. Just prep the dough early in the morning or the night before and then bake away right before you’re ready to serve your feast.

Desserts:

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (vegweb.com)

Vegan cheesecakes taste just like (if not better than) real cheesecakes! Save some calories and still feel like you’re indulging.

Pumpkin Pie (theveggietable.com)

This classic is perfect for carnivores and herbivores! Use coconut milk to make it vegan. If you are going to buy store-bought pie crusts, look at the ingredients carefully to make sure there are no animal products (like lard) in them!

There you have it. Try a all or a combo of these recipes and you won’t even notice there’s not a turkey at your table this Thanksgiving!

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