When it comes to Thanksgiving vegetarian main dishes, it's a bit of a balancing act, especially when there are both meat eaters and vegetarians at the same table. Over the years, these have become my goals, considering the needs of the hosts and the guests, both:
Thanksgiving is a special meal, a vegetarian entrée should feel special too, not an afterthought.
A vegetarian entrée should appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike, the main course for the vegetarians, a side dish for the meat eaters. In this way, a quiet word can be said to those who don't eat meat but diet preferences need not become the subject of table conversation.
The vegetarian dish must have a substantial feel, not just be a larger portion of a traditional vegetable side dish.
It must use fresh and seasonal vegetables and be prepped mostly or entirely in advance.
VEGETARIANS, PLEASE NOTE: A Veggie Venture features vegetable recipes but is not vegetarian. The recipes featured on this page are either vegetarian or vegan, as are 80-90% of the recipes on the site. But if you decide to poke around looking for other recipes, either on A Veggie Venture or especially on my food column Kitchen Parade, you might come across a recipe that calls for a meat-based ingredient. For more information, see Note to Vegetarians.
MORE THANKSGIVING RESOURCESfrom A VEGGIE VENTURE
Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Top Twelve Favorite Vegetables
(favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, including the
World's Best Green Bean Casserole)
from KITCHEN PARADE, MY FOOD COLUMN
Six Thanksgiving Menus
(traditional, make-ahead, casual Thanksgiving buffet,
intimate Thanksgiving for a small table, vegetarian, lower-calorie)
How to Make Flaky Tender Pie Crust
(tips and photos for the best pie crust ever)
Recipes Featured Especially for Thanksgiving
Fall Stew Baked in a Whole Pumpkin
(for a vegan entrée, omit the small amount of cheese or use a vegan cheese)
|Pumpkin-Stuffed Lasagna Rolls NEW!|
|Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Chard & Cheddar|
|Caramelized Onion Tart|
|Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms (vegan)|
More Vegetarian Entrée Ideas for Thanksgiving
Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries
(for vegan entrée, substitute a vegan butter for the 1 tablespoon butter)
|Asparagus Whole Wheat Bread Pudding|
|Tomato Basil Quiche|
More Recipe Ideas
Balkan Eggplant Casserole
Spinach & Feta Quiche
Warm Root Salad in Horseradish Vinaigrette