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20 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes To Round Out Your Table

Meatless mains, veggie-packed sides, and dairy-free desserts.

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The best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the variety. 🍽

And if you're looking for vegetarian or vegan recipes, we've rounded up a ton of favorites below β€” from meat-free mains, to vegetable-forward side dishes, to dairy-free (and gluten-free!) desserts.

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1. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Portobello Pot Roast

If you're making this fully vegetarian or vegan, double check that your Worcestershire sauce checks out. (If it doesn't, here's an easy DIY version.)

Recipe: Vegetarian Slow Cooker Portobello Pot Roast

2. Cauliflower Steak With Fresh Pesto

themodernproper.com

These roast in the oven at high heat until the edges are crispy β€” then they're topped with walnut-kale pesto.

Recipe: Cauliflower Steak With Fresh Pesto

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3. Puff Pastry Mushroom Wellington

This vegan-friendly centerpiece may *look* intimidating β€” but starting with store-bought puff pastry dough means prep is actually a lot easier than you think.

Recipe: Puff Pastry Mushroom Wellington

4. Vegan Collard Greens Skillet

This versatile side comes together in less than 30 minutes and pairs with just about anything.

Recipe: Vegan Collard Greens Skillet

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5. Maple & Walnut Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

savorynothings.com

For a lighter twist on sweet potato casserole, try these. They're high in Vitamin A and you can customize the sweetness level.

Recipe: Maple & Walnut Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

6. One-Pan Garlicky Green Beans With Almonds

Ready in all of 10 minutes β€” with no boiling necessary.

Recipe: One-Pan Garlicky Green Beans With Almonds

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7. Vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

40aprons.com

Besides being vegan, these are also Paleo- and Whole30-friendly. The Instant Pot doubles as a warming station as well.

Recipe: Vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

8. Low-Carb Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

The trick to making sure the zucchini stays firm (and not flimsy) is quickly salting and drying the zucchini strips before layering them into the pan. Doing so draws out excess water and helps maintain texture as it bakes.

Recipe: Low-Carb Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

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9. Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

damndelicious.net

Always a hit with carnivores and vegetarians alike, the cranberry, pecan, and maple syrup topping comes together in just a few minutes on the stovetop β€” all while the brie bakes in the oven.

Recipe: Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

10. Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash

This vegan-friendly side can be made in the slow cooker or on the stovetop β€” and makes enough to serve eight.

Recipe; Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash

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11. White Beans with Broccoli and Lemon

bonappetit.com

If you're keeping this fully vegetarian or vegan, leave out the Parmesan and anchovies. (In the latter's place, you could toss in a few capers!)

Recipe: White Beans with Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan

12. Creamy Vegetarian Chickpea Pot Pie

liveeatlearn.com

This has plenty of protein β€” and uses pre-made puff pastry so you don't have to stress about homemade crust.

Recipe: Creamy Vegetarian Chickpea Pot Pie

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13. Whole30 Harvest Salad With Sheet Pan Squash

Vegan, Paleo, and a total crowdpleaser.

Recipe: Whole30 Harvest Salad With Roasted Squash

14. Instant Pot Vegan Chili With Acorn Squash

moonandspoonandyum.com

This freezes really well β€” so stash leftovers for future winter nights.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Chili With Acorn Squash

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15. Lighter Green Bean Casserole

This vegetarian-friendly side ditches the old-school canned soup and packaged fried onions and makes everything from scratch instead.

Recipe: Lighter Green Bean Casserole

16. Slow Cooker Tuscan Pumpkin Soup

Rich, warm, and creamy β€” without using any actual cream.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Tuscan Pumpkin Soup

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17. Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing With Cauliflower and Mushrooms

gimmesomeoven.com

If you're into salty-sweet stuffing, try this. It's got savory mushrooms, crispy cauliflower, and a bit of sweetness from the cranberries.

Recipe: Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing With Cauliflower and Mushrooms

18. Sheet Pan Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

The all-purpose balsamic marinade works with just about any winter vegetable β€” like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, or Brussels sprouts.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

19. Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

These soft and chewy cookies are dairy-free and gluten-free β€” and you don't even need to chill the dough in advance.

Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

20. Vegan Chocolate Caramel Tart

Fair warning that this ultra-rich tart takes a bit of prep β€” but the end product is worth it. Don't forget the flaky sea salt on top!

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Caramel Tart

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