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Thanksgiving meal ideas for vegetarians and vegans
Not sure what to cook for a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving meal? Sick of looking? Browse through these photos for a little inspiration, including main dish ideas, side dishes and of course, plenty of desserts.Continue to 2 of 46 below.
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinners: Quinoa stuffed squash
An interesting centerpiece idea for vegetarians and vegans who don't like mock meats - an acorn squash stuffed with quinoa.
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Vegetarian Cranberry Stuffing Recipe
Sneak some healthy protein and fiber into your vegetarian stuffing and add colorful cranberries with this easy recipe for vegetarian stuffing with cranberries and kidney beans.Continue to 4 of 46 below.
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Green beans with French-fried onions
If you're looking for a green bean casserole recipe that's lighter and less calorie-dense than the traditional version made with cream of mushroom soup (or at least a creamy sauce), then try this green beans with French fried onions recipe. The green beans are cooked in just a light broth-based sauce, but still toped with French fried onions.Continue to 5 of 46 below.
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Vegan Quinoa Stuffing Recipe
For a high-protein and healthier meatless stuffing idea, try this recipe made with quinoa as a base. With all the traditional stuffing herbs and flavors, this quinoa stuffing smells heavenly while roasting in the oven
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Would you believe me if I told you this vegan cornbread was made with just 4 simple ingredients? Get the recipe here!Continue to 7 of 46 below.
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Gardein roast, green beans with cranberries and cashew mashed potatoes
Pictured here is an entire gourmet vegan Thanksgiving meal created by Chef Tal Ronnen.
Centered is a vegetarian "chicken" cutlet crusted with sage and pumpkin seeds to give it a fall flavor (recipe here). It's paired with a gourmet cranberry cabernet sauce made with red wine (recipe here). Also on the plate is a helping of Thanksgiving green beans with cranberries and a scoop of vegan mashed potatoes with cashew cream. Yum!
To complete the meal, Chef Tal recommends this orange and beet salad... recipe with a maple and sherry vinaigrette, and a gourmet maple rum cheesecake for a heavenly dessert.
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Simple Homemade Vegan Apple Pie Recipe
When it comes to making a vegan dessert for Thanksgiving, things don't need to be complicated. Try this traditional homemade vegan apple pie recipe for a nearly fool-proof dessert.Continue to 9 of 46 below.
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Two-Ingredient Magical Pumpkin Cookies
Get the magical recipe here: Two ingredient pumpkin cookiesContinue to 10 of 46 below.
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Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
It takes just 10 minutes to get this vegan sweet potato pie recipe in the oven. Don't believe me? Give it a try.Continue to 11 of 46 below.
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Chocolate mascarpone pie - no bake!
No time to make dessert or no space in the oven? Try this no-bake chocolate mascarpone pie recipe.Continue to 12 of 46 below.
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Sweet butternut squash in the crockpotContinue to 15 of 46 below.
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Vegan Whipped Sweet Potatoes
These super vegan whipped mashed sweet potatoes with sour cream would make a lovely side dish to round out a Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, they're also perfect for any fall meal or anytime you're craving sweet potatoes.Continue to 16 of 46 below.
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Gardein vegan turkey loaf roast
Gardein's holiday turkey loaf. Learn more here.Continue to 18 of 46 below.
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Vegan pumpkin risottoContinue to 19 of 46 below.
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Vegan cranberry and pear pie recipe
For a twist on the usual apple pie and pumpkin pies, try this festive and colorful vegan cranberry and pear pie recipe.
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Gluten-free vegan rice stuffing recipe
Get the recipe: Gluten-free vegan rice stuffing recipeContinue to 22 of 46 below.
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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Pie
It's not exactly traditional, but Thanksgiving is a great excuse to make this indulgent vegan dessert! Get the recipe for peanut butter pie here.Continue to 23 of 46 below.
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Vegetarian cornbread stuffingContinue to 24 of 46 below.
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Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries RecipeContinue to 25 of 46 below.
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Basic Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy Recipe
You can't have Thanksgiving dinner without some gravy, and this one is one of the most popular versions here on About.com.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Mushroom GravyContinue to 26 of 46 below.
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Green beans with cranberries (and a secret ingredient)
Green beans are simmered with cranberries - and a surprise secret ingredient!
Recipe: Cranberry green beans recipeContinue to 27 of 46 below.
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Raw Vegan Cranberry Pie in a Jar!
A deliciously tart filling of cranberries sweetened with dates and pears are layered on top of a simple raw vegan pie crust made of buckwheat groats and a few spices. Even if you're new to raw cooking, don't be afraid to try this one - it's straightforward, and, since you'll already be full from the rest of your meal, won't it be nice to have such a light and healthy desert for Thanksgiving?
Here's the recipe: Raw vegan cranberry pieContinue to 28 of 46 below.
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Whole wheat vegan pumpkin muffins
These vegan pumpkin muffins are made with whole wheat flour. You could serve them for breakfast on Thanksgiving or the morning after. Perhaps even with a little pumpkin butter.Continue to 29 of 46 below.
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Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Pumpkin Pudding!
Vegan pumpkin pudding recipe
Try an unusual and non-traditional dairy-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe - pumpkin pudding! If you're bored with pumpkin pie or just want something you can serve in a fancy glass, try this pumpkin pudding recipe.Continue to 30 of 46 below.
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Homemade Tofu "Turkey"
Learn how to make homemade tofu turkey here
This Thanksgiving, try making your own homemade tofu turkey, complete with vegetarian stuffing inside. There's a few different steps involved, though the process is very simple.Continue to 31 of 46 below.
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Mixed Roasted Vegetables with Sweet Potatoes
Isn't this photo of mixed roasted vegetables with sweet potatoes lovely? Just look at those vibrant colors! The recipe combines sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers in a salty-sweet sauce.Continue to 32 of 46 below.
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Gourmet Vegan Banana Maple Rum Cheesecake
If you're looking to go beyond pumpkin pie and apple pie this year, it doesn't get much better than this homemade banana maple and rum vegan cheesecake recipe. Doesn't it look delicious?
See also: More Thanksgiving dessert ideasContinue to 33 of 46 below.
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Oven-roasted Brussels Sprouts
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
With a simple balsamic glaze, these easy roasted Bruseels sprouts can be in your oven in just a few minutes. Toss in some cranberries for an even more festive easy Thanksgiving side dish.
Click here for the recipe.Continue to 34 of 46 below.
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Vegetarian Stuffed Squash with Apples and "Sausage"
For a simple yet filling stuffed squash entree, try this stuffed acorn squash recipe, made with apples and vegetarian sausage.
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Sweet potatoes are whipped together with vegan sour cream and topped off with a bit of brown sugar and pecans.Continue to 36 of 46 below.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Vegetariaan Baked Beans
View the recipe for vegetarian stuffed squash here. Stuffed acorn squash is a popular vegetarian entree for Thanksgiving or any fall evening. This stuffed squash recipe is a balanced meal with healthy beans for protein.Continue to 37 of 46 below.
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Butternut Squash Soup with Apples
Butternut Squash Soup with Apples
A simple recipe for vegetarian butternut squash soup with apples. Sweet butternut squash is lightly spiced with chipotle seasoning and flavored with crisp fall apples. Eating soup as a Thanksgiving entree means you have plenty of room left for stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie! See more Thanksgiving soup recipes.Continue to 38 of 46 below.
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Reduced-Fat Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
This healthier version of scalloped potatoes is lower in fat, vegetarian and vegan. Scalloped potatoes are a classic creamy side dish perfect for your vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving table.
Get the recipe: Cheesey Reduced-Fat Vegan Scalloped PotatoesContinue to 39 of 46 below.
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Roasted sunchokes for Thanksgiving! If you've never thought about adding sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes) to your Thanksgiving menu, why not? They'd make an interesting variation on the usual potato dishes, and would be a fun conversation piece. This recipe is very easy to prepare and doesn't take much work at all. Double or even triple the recipe if you're cooking for more than just a few people, as everyone will want to try some!
Get the recipe for oven-roasted sunchokes here.Continue to 40 of 46 below.
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Vegetarian mushroom and vegetable stuffing with cashews
View the recipe here
Mushrooms add so much flavor to vegetarian dishes, and they are the perfect ingredient to put in your vegetarian stuffing! This recipe for vegetarian mushroom stuffing calls for cashews and bell peppers as well as the traditional stuffing ingredients such as celery and thyme.Continue to 41 of 46 below.
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Blueberry corn muffins
Cornbread or corn muffins are part of a traditional Thanksgiving menu. This corn muffin recipe balances out the savory flavor with some tar and sweet blueberries. Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.Continue to 42 of 46 below.
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Green beans with walnuts and breadcrumbs
Get the recipe here: Green beans with walnuts and breadcrumbsContinue to 43 of 46 below.
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Vegetarian Stuffed Squash with Cornbread Stuffing
Get the recipe: Stuffed Squash with Cornbread StuffingContinue to 44 of 46 below.
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Easy Vegan Tofu and Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Vegan Tofu and Pumpkin Pie
It's so easy to make a vegan pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! Just use tofu instead of eggs and dairy - no one will ever know. Unless you tell them, of course, that this pumpkin pie recipe is vegan very low-fat and also cholesterol free. Go ahead - eat two big slices!
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Got Thanksgiving leftovers?
Looking for ideas for what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers? Here's some ideas for transforming leftover Tofurky, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and vegetarian gravy and
looking for some more tips and ways to reuse and disguise mountains of mashed potatoes or other leftovers, here's plenty of Thanksgiving leftover ideas, just for vegetarians and vegans, whether you've got mashed, boiled, baked or sweet potatoesleftover, gravy or even Tofurky.Continue to 46 of 46 below.
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Even more Thanksgiving help for vegetarians and vegans
Two Simple Rules for Vegetarians at Thanksgiving Not sure how your turkey-eating family will feel about a vegetarian or vegan at their Thanksgiving dinner? Read on for two simple rules for keeping the peace.
Don't Cook Two Meals! Vegetarian Thanksgiving Substitution Tips Vegetarians and vegans, share these tips with your families or Thanksgiving hosts.