Favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

My favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes - sides, salads, mashed potatoes, stuffing, main dishes, and dessert. Vegan and gluten-free options.

Does anyone else feel like Thanksgiving is SO early this year?! Five minutes ago it was summer, then the leaves were falling, then we had a bit of snow last week(!), so needless to say, it’s suddenly holiday season! Whether you’re hosting the big meal or you’ve been assigned to bring a salad or side dish, here are a few recipe ideas. This is a short list of recipes that are my favorites right now. There are also tons more listed under the Thanksgiving tab of our recipe index. Start the meal off with this Butternut Squash Hummus. In my…


Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side dishes! Vegan and gluten free options too.

It’s Thanksgiving week! I think we’re up to 17 people that are coming over on Thursday, so, um, yikes! Thankfully, everyone is bringing something so the cooking won’t be so difficult. Like always, I’ll be making the salad and a vegetable side dish or two. In case you’re like me – still deciding what to make – here are some of my favorite vegetarian starters and side dishes! Click on the images to go directly to each recipe! Harvest Haven Salad A gorgeous seasonal salad that’s a great light way to start off the meal. Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus…


Butternut Squash & Leek Stuffing

A colorful stuffing for your Thanksgiving dinner! This veggie-ful stuffing is made with fall butternut squash, leeks, celery, sage, and cranberries. Vegan.

My favorite part about Thanksgiving food – the stuffing! Why soggy-baked bread tastes so good, I have no idea, but it just does. Maybe it’s because we only eat it once a year (or in my case 5 times this year after testing this recipe and consuming the leftovers), but there’s something about that combo of celery, sage, bread, and broth that’s SO tasty. But here’s the truth – I often shy away from making stuffing for the blog because, well, have you ever google-image searched “stuffing”? If there’s an award for “ugliest holiday dish,” it goes to stuffing. Maybe…


Cauliflower Parsnip Mash w/ Roasted Garlic

A spin on Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, this healthier dish is made of cauliflower, parsnips, roasted garlic and olive oil. Vegan, Gluten Free. Make-ahead.

A few years ago, we made a cauliflower mashed potato recipe that was a huge hit for the holidays. Well, we’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and I decided I wanted to try something even crazier and completely take the potatoes out of the mashed potatoes. Jack considers himself a mashed potato purist, and he loved this, so I’m sure you will too. To start, it’s simple! Its only has 6 main ingredients (plus salt and pepper which aren’t pictured but are no less important): I love the nutty and complex flavors that parsnips bring. Roasted garlic and a little olive…


Roasted Delicata Squash with Apples & Sage

This roasted delicata squash recipe is the ultimate fall side! Creamy squash pairs with onions, apples & herbs to make an aromatic, sweet & tangy dish.

As soon as November 1 arrives, I start counting down to Thanksgiving. My favorite part about this holiday: the sides! I love the essentials: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and the infamous green bean casserole… but the plethora of squashes available at this time of year excites me most. This year, I’m making this easy, delicious roasted delicata squash recipe. (See the recipe below for a make-ahead option!) How to Cook Delicata Squash If you’ve never worked with delicata squash before, you’re going to love it. Because it’s an exceptionally thin-skinned winter squash, it’s easy to prepare, as there’s no need to…

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.