Planning your meatless Thanksgiving dinner menu? Scroll through this huge collection of vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes, with links to main dish dinner ideas, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, vegan Thanksgiving desserts, Tofurky help and more for the perfect holiday dinner.
Stuffing is probably my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dish. I love the way all the fresh herbs smell while cooking. Who needs to wait for a special occasion such as Christmas or Thanksgiving to cook up some vegetarian stuffing? A perfect vegetarian stuffing recipe can be used over and over again. Scroll through classic vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving stuffing recipes, along with some contemporary recipes for stuffing with cranberries, cornbread stuffing and more. Pictured: Vegetarian Stuffing with Whole Wheat Bread
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Round out your dinner menu (and your plate!) with some creative vegetarian and vegan side dishes. Scroll through dozens of recipes for vegan mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and apple casserolevegan green bean casserole and more classic Thanksgiving vegetable and side dish recipes. Pictured: Vegan green bean casserole
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Some vegetarians like to have a centerpiece at the table similar to a turkey, such as a Tofurky, another mock turkey, or a homemade tofu turkey or loaf. Other vegetarians are happy with a non-traditional entree, and you'll find plenty of ideas here. A wild rice and cranberry pilaf or a stuffed acorn squash (pictured) makes a flavorful fall-themed entree.
Link: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Dishes
Tofurky's not the only player in town anymore! Several brands of vegetarian and vegan meatless turkey substitues have hit the market over the past few holiday seasons, and this guide will introduce you to the best of them. Can't decide which to try? Have one for Thanksgiving, one for Christmas and try a third for Easter!
Link: Seven vegetarian turkey substitutes
As an alternative or accompaniment to a Tofurky or a homemade vegetarian turkey, try one of these Thanksgiving soup ideas for dinner. Eating soup as a Thanksgiving entree means you have plenty of room left for stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Or, if you're new to cooking vegetarian food, soup is an easy and stress-free choice. Try some of these colorful and easy vegetarian Thanksgiving soup ideas. Pictured: Butternut Squash Soup with Apples
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Put some pumpkin on your table this Thanksgiving! If you're not cooking a Tofurky or other mock roast, a vegetarian pumpkin dish can be a great entree. Or, serve some vegetarian pumpkin soup, cook up a side of vegan pumpkin bread, or make a batch of pumpkin muffins for a Thanksgiving or day-after (Black Friday!) breakfast. Pictured: Vegan Pumpkin Scones
Link: Vegetarian Pumpkin Recipes
Sure everyone expects pumpkin pie or apple pie at Thanksgiving, but you could also serve up a pumpkin cheesecake, a chocolate pumpkin pie, or a vegan pumpkin spice cake! If you're just looking for a vegan apple pie or a vegan pumpkin pie recipe, you'll find that here too, though. All of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes are vegetarian, and most are vegan and low-fat as well. Pictured: Sugar-free Pumpkin Pie
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Making a meatless vegetarian gravy is more of an art than an exact science, as timing, stirring and heat are everything, so you'll want to add more or less liquid as needed. Just like with regular gravy, however, your vegetarian gravy will thicken slightly as it cools. Most vegetarian gravy recipes are made from a vegetable broth base instead of pan drippings or animal fat, and many recipes add extra flavor by using mushrooms, fresh herbs, or other flavor enhancers such as miso or nutritional yeast.
Link: Vegetarian Gravy Recipes