Whether you're in need of vegetarian recipes for Thanksgiving in Canada or American Thanksgiving, I've got a whole bunch of them I think you'll love! From mashed potatoes to soups, salads, and other foods to serve at Thanksgiving, it's all here. These are vegetarian recipes, so while they won't have meat in them, they still have cheese and dairy and all that good stuff. I hope you find something you love!
Thanksgiving Potato Recipes
Potatoes are, and always will be, my favorite part of holiday meals. I take them REALLY seriously so you can be sure to find a recipe you'll love from my list.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Appetizers
Anyone else like to stuff your face with so many appetizers you are little at capacity but you still find a way to consume way, way, way too much Thanksgiving dinner on top of it? We're in a special club together then!
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Here's a collection I made of reliable and tasty Thanksgiving side dishes sure to complement any main course and please your guests (and yourself!).
Thanksgiving Soup Recipes
Here are some standout Thanksgiving soup recipes that are both delicious and crowd-pleasing. These selections promise to fit seamlessly into your Thanksgiving menu—everyone will have a warm bowl to start off their meal.
Now, onto desserts! While I don't have my own pumpkin pie recipe to share (yet), I do have plenty of other Thanksgiving/fall dessert recipes that are worth considering.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Brunches
Do you kick the day off with a tasty brunch? I like your style. This year, give one of these vegetarian brunch recipes a try. And if you have meat eaters in the family, you can easily accommodate the by adding meat to many of these dishes or serving it on the side.
Need Other Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes?
Here are a few more ideas for some unique additions to your Thanksgiving menu this year.
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Other Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe Info
Whether this is your first vegetarian Thanksgiving or you're a seasoned vet, you might have questions about making traditional Thanksgiving dishes vegetarian (among other things.) So, I answer them below!
What are some popular vegetarian main dishes for Thanksgiving?
- Vegetarian and vegan roasts, often made from seitan or tofu.
- Stuffed acorn or butternut squash.
- Mushroom and lentil loaf.
- Vegetable pot pie or shepherd's pie with a lentil base.
Can traditional Thanksgiving dishes be made vegetarian?
You bet they can! Dishes like stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes can easily be made vegetarian by substituting or omitting ingredients like chicken broth or bacon.
What can I use as a replacement for turkey?
There are many store-bought vegetarian and vegan turkey alternatives available. Tofurky and Field Roast are popular brands. Homemade seitan roasts and stuffed squashes can also serve as the centerpiece.
How can I ensure my vegetarian dishes are flavorful?
Spices, herbs, vegetable broths, and umami-rich ingredients like mushrooms, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast can boost the flavor profile of your vegetarian dishes.
What about desserts? Are traditional Thanksgiving desserts vegetarian?
Most traditional desserts like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie are vegetarian. However, always check ingredient lists for gelatin or lard which are non-vegetarian ingredients sometimes used in desserts.
Can I make vegetarian gravy?
Yep! vegetarian gravy can be made using a base of vegetable broth, along with flavorings from herbs, spices, and umami-rich ingredients. Some people also use mushrooms or miso for added depth.
Here's a popular, well-rated recipe from Kitchen Treaty that I have tried and tested and can attest to its deliciousness.
How do I accommodate both vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests?
You can offer a separate vegetarian main dish alongside the turkey. Many traditional side dishes are already vegetarian or can easily be adapted, so everyone can share them.
Are store-bought vegetarian turkey alternatives good?
This is subjective and varies from brand to brand. Many vegetarians and vegans find them tasty and satisfying, especially when complemented with traditional Thanksgiving sides. It's recommended to read reviews or try them beforehand.
How can I make sure my mashed potatoes are vegetarian?
Traditional mashed potatoes are typically vegetarian. However, be cautious with added broths or flavor enhancers. Stick to using butter (or vegan alternatives), milk (or non-dairy milk), salt, and seasonings.
What are some protein-rich vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving?
Dishes made from lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, seitan, and tempeh are all high in protein. Examples include lentil loaf, chickpea salads, and tofu roasts.
Remember, a vegetarian Thanksgiving doesn't mean compromising on flavor or tradition. With a bit of creativity and preparation, you can serve a feast that satisfies all your guests!
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
Until next time,
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