Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes

Looking for the perfect meatless main dish for Thanksgiving (or even for Christmas or another holiday feast)? You've come to the right place. Check out this collection of simple homemade meal ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu. Most of these vegetarian recipes are vegan as well. Enjoy! 

Don't forget you can always browse through our complete guide to vegetarian Thanksgivings here.

  • 01 of 05

    Fall Squash and Stuffed Squash Entrees

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    Stuffed squash is a popular vegetarian and often vegan Thanksgiving main dish idea, and presents quite nicely on the table. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

    Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa A savory fall entree suitable for vegan guests.

    Baked Stuffed Squash with Beans This stuffed squash recipe is a balanced meal with healthy beans for protein and fiber.

    Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cornbread Stuffing Stuffed acorn squash is an easy and elegant entree for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. 

    Barley...MORE Stuffed Squash Healthy whole grain barley fills a nutritious acorn squash in this lovely vegetarian Thanksgiving entree.

    Salty Sweet Vegetarian Butternut Squash A quick and easy butternut squash recipe perfect for Thanksgiving.

    Butternut Squash Stuffed Ravioli with Fall Rosemary Sauce A non-traditional but interesting idea for a gourmet vegetarian entree. The sauce is made from butter infused with fresh chopped rosemary.

  • 02 of 05
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    Tofurky isn't for everyone, but most people actually enjoy vegetarian lentil loaves and nut loaves. Once you get over the awkwardness of the concept of a "vegetarian loaf", they're actually quite tasty and perfect with mashed potatoes, vegetarian gravy, and other Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes. Here's a few vegetarian loaf and turkey substitute ideas to try:

    8 Vegetarian Turkey Substitutes for Thanksgiving Tofurky isn't the only player in town anymore! There's...MORE stuffed vegetarian turkey, and even a fake turkey shaped into a turkey. Drumsticks and all!

    TVP and Tofu Loaf High in protein and flavored with poultry seasoning.

    Lentil Rice Loaf A healthy vegetarian loaf makes a great alternative to meatloaf (Pictured)

    Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf with "Beef" Substitute Serve it up with mashed potatoes and gravy for the holidays.

    Nature's Burger Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf If you're looking for a vegetarian loaf recipe for Thanksgiving, then this is a quick and easy one to try.

  • 03 of 05

    Vegetarian Pumpkin Entree Ideas

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    Just about anything pumpkin would be a suitable vegetarian Thanksgiving entree. You can stuff a pumpkin with your favorite rice pilaf or quinoa pilaf recipe, or try one of these fall-themed pumpkin recipes.

    Pumpkin Risotto Italian risotto with a Thanksgiving twist - pumpkin! (pictured)

    Pumpkin and Sage Pasta Savory and aromatic, this pumpkin and sage pasta would make a unique vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving main dish.

    Pumpkin Dumplings Not exactly traditional, but a great entree or side dish for...MORE Thanksgiving.

    Vegetarian Thai Pumpkin Curry A different vegan Thanksgiving menu idea: Thai pumpkin curry.

  • 04 of 05

    Rice pilaf, wild rice, and fall-themed quinoa dishes

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    For something simple and familiar as a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree idea, a rice pilaf, or a fall themed quinoa pilaf, is easy to prepare and most people tend to like them. Keep things fall-themed by adding in roasted pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, cranberries or some savory Thanksgiving spices. Here are a few recipe ideas to browse:

    Vegetarian Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf The flavors of fall combine with wild rice for this entree or side dish.

    Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad Add some cranberries to...MORE this quinoa pilaf for even more Thanksgiving flavor.

    Barley with Wild Rice and Cranberries A sweet cranberry and wild rice pilaf for a colorful Thanksgiving dish. (Pictured)

    Gluten-free Mushroom and Brown Rice Pilaf A healthy gluten-free and vegetarian Thanksgiving menu idea.

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    Other Vegetarian Thanksgiving Entree Ideas

    Willing to get a little more creative? Here are a few more miscellaneous vegetarian and vegan main dish ideas for your Thanksgiving table:

    Homemade Tofu "Turkey" It's not Tofurky, but it is a turkey-flavored vegetarian substitute, made from tofu. Pictured.

    Vegetarian "Chicken" Pot Pie Follow the recipe as is, or try it with Tofurky instead.

    Sweet Potato and Pecan Risotto This flavorful vegetarian risotto could be served as a main dish or side dish on Thanksgiving.