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12 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes to Make Omnivores Jealous

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Thanksgiving for vegetarians really isn't that big of a deal. Unless you're sitting at a table where everything has been pre-drenched in gravy or stewed in chicken stock or fried in bacon fat (I assume that such tables exist but I have never sat at one), there are probably enough meatless foodstuffs to make a meatless meal. 

But it's a holiday that centers around turkey, and thus there's an odd spotlight that shines, each year, on meat abstainers. What will they eat? What will they bring? Also: Are they lepers?


When these questions arise, you vegetarians might start to feel defensive or prideful or hungry. In response, let your omnivorous friends know that there are, in fact, plenty of vegetarian dishes that can share the spotlight with turkey and feel a little more main-course-y than brussels sprouts or even a gratin. All they need is to feel comforting, and not yell too loud (e.g. no habañero mac and cheese). Here are 12:

Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew) by creamtea

Lablabi on Food52


Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie by Marian Bull

Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie on Food52


Leek Risotto by nicolecooks

Leek Risotto on Food52


Jeweled Millet by Weird & Ravenous

Vegan Jeweled Millet on Food52

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
 by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan Shepherd's Pie on Food52




Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan Carrot Ginger Bisque on Food52


Wintry Corn Bread Pudding by hardlikearmour

Wintry Corn Bread Pudding on Food52


Hearty Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash, Pomegranate Seeds, and Toasted Hazelnuts by Gena Hamshaw

Winter Kale Salad on Food52


Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad on Food52


Leek and Greens Tart with Cornmeal Crust by fiveandspice

Leek and Greens Tart on Food52


Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples by Gena Hamshaw

Vegan Stuffing on Food52


Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apples, and Dried Cranberries by darksideofthespoon

Quinoa Salad on Food52

Tags: vegetarian, thanksgiving, holiday

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