Planning a no-turkey Turkey Day? With these creative and delicious—decadent even—vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes for main dishes, the bird will not be missed.
A friend of mine has the tradition of eating sushi for Thanksgiving, but for the vast majority of us it’s turkey, stuffing, and pie … oh my! As a vegetarian, I’ve had a lot of great Thanksgivings eating just the “sides,” but with all of these creative and delicious—decadent even—vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving main-dish options, why settle for eating just the mashed potatoes?
Plant-based protein-rich foods like seitan and tempeh have a delightfully hearty texture and, paired with warming spices, make excellent substitutes for bird. Vibrantly colored squash makes an eye-pleasing main, and even comfort foods like polenta make tasty, hearty additions to the feast. Naturally vegetarian sides like Curried Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Toasted Coconut and Fresh Cranberry and Ginger Relish make the perfect complement!
My family’s go-to vegetarian Thanksgiving dish has been the Kibbeh with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta ever since it appeared in Delicious Living a few years ago. A number of these recipes are vegan but check out these 10 stand-out vegan Thanksgiving recipes for more ideas.