This Thanksgiving will mark more than a decade since I’ve sat down and eaten a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Most of you are probably aware that I’m a vegetarian and have been since my early 20s. I also eat vegan quite a bit and if I can ever kick my cheese addiction, I’d love to go full vegan eventually. All of this said, if you’re either a vegetarian or a vegan (or a pescetarian for that matter), you know that Thanksgiving is about more than just turkey! My mom actually takes the reigns and hosts Thanksgiving every year and she has a repertoire of vegetarian recipes that leave me wanting for nothing even while everyone else is fork deep in turkey. So today I’m sharing some awesome vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes, many of which also qualify as vegan and/or gluten-free. Even if you’re a meat-loving lady, it never hurts to bust out a side or two sans meat for those guests who might refrain for whatever reason, keeping in mind you won’t be sacrificing any flavor and might just find a new favorite dish!
Note: The white bean soup shown above calls for bacon, simply omit for a vegetarian dish that will still be mighty delicious! Also, while all vegetarian, many of these dishes could easily be made vegan with a simple omission or two. Sign me up to taste test a bite or two of each!
[1: Roasted fingerling potato salad (vegan, gluten-free) | 2: Cream cheese and chive biscuits | 3: Kale and mushroom stuffing (vegan) | 4: Spaghetti squash salad (gluten-free) | 5: Butternut squash risotto | 6: Croissant loaf | 7: Squash croquettes | 8: White bean soup (skip the bacon).]