7 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Even Meat Lovers Will Enjoy
Kale and Mushroom StuffingPhoto: Love and Lemons
Thanksgiving isn't quite Thanksgiving without stuffing (or dressing—whichever you prefer to call it), and while it's sometimes served as a carnivorous side with an iteration like sausage mixed in, it's a pretty safe bet for vegetarians (and in the case of this particular recipe, vegans). It's got all the good stuff: hearty nine-grain bread, kale, mushrooms, sage, rosemary, dried cranberries, and so much more belly-warming goodness.
Another winning cornbread recipe is this hearty cornbread variation. Careful, though—it calls for poblano peppers, so have your water glass at the ready.
Risotto may not be your typical Thanksgiving side, but this creamy butternut squash and leek recipe is cheesy, sinfully flavorful, and might just become a new menu staple for years to come.
Excuse us while we grab a napkin and blot the drool dripping from our mouths. While rich, creamy soups are generally heavy and high in trans fat, this vegan cauliflower and leek soup replaces cream with cashew milk and simmers along many other delicious veggies and spices for the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer.
Offset the cozy, rich Thanksgiving dishes with something light and green like this fresh apple and shredded Brussels sprout salad. For a little sweet and savory crunch, toss in some dried fruit and nuts.
Yes, mashed potatoes are an inherently vegetarian dish, but this recipe makes the holiday must-have a bit healthier by swapping out starchy potatoes with cauliflower. They're so creamy, buttery (in taste, not in actuality), and flavorful that you'll forget they aren't your usual high-fat version.
This dish looks as amazing as it tastes. And since butternut squash seems to always get the spotlight, it's nice to give acorn squash a little love for a change. This roasted half also serves as a little edible dish in and of itself for the quinoa, feta, currants, and kale. Yum.
The ultimate fall salad, this mix of Asian pear, beets, feta, and toasted walnuts is the perfect accoutrement for your Thanksgiving meal (or even to serve as a palette-cleanser).
Which dish are you most excited to try? Tell us below!