Despite the traditional emphasis on a turkey centerpiece, all you need to host a vegetarian Thanksgiving are a little innovation and some spectacular recipes that take full advantage of the flavors and colors of the season. This meatless celebration is a beautiful, festive, and delicious experience that incorporates plenty of whole grains and vegetables, with an emphasis on easy-to-find ingredients and balanced flavors. Many of the dishes may be made in advance (look for the “Make Ahead” symbol), freeing you up to enjoy family and friends. Expect requests for seconds!

Kibbeh with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta

Serves 8-10 / This vegetarian version of a traditional Eastern Mediterranean dish uses coarse cracked wheat; look for it in bulk bins (Bob's Red Mill also packages it). It can be made up to one day in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temp before reheating, covered with foil. View Recipe

Pomegranate and Maple-Glazed Beets

Serves 8 / Prep tip: For best flavor, prepare the dish a few hours ahead, or up to one day in advance. Gently reheat in a saucepan. View Recipe...

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Black Rice, Roasted Carrots, and Dried Cherries

Serves 8 / These can be made one day ahead; cover (so the rice doesn't dry out) and reheat in a 350° oven. View Recipe...