12 Vegetarian & Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Guests Who Don't Eat Meat (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Nov 19, 2014 Food & Party

thanksgiving side dishesWhen most people think of Thanksgiving, a large, perfectly roasted turkey comes to mind. But what about the vegetarians or vegans on your guest list?

Don't leave them out in the cold this holiday! We've found some super-tasty side dishes as well as a couple of entrees that will keep them not just satisfied, but coming back for seconds! 

#4 is the epitome of comfort food! Check out our slideshow and then tell us: What's your favorite dish to prepare for non-meat eaters?


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  • Herb Mashed Potatoes With Simple Gravy


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    Who doesn't love mashed potatoes? Give these herbed mashed potatoes with simple gravy a try. Dill and sage add to the fresh flavor. 

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  • Leek & Mushroom Stuffing


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    Doesn't leek and mushroom stuffing sound delicious? This tasty side can be used to fill eggplants or squash for a hearty main course. 

  • Vegetarian Pot Pie


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    This vegetarian pot pie may be yummy enough to convert your carnivores! Packed with veggies, this dish is good and good for you!

  • Vegan Smoky Macaroni & Cheese


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    This smoky vegan macaroni and cheese is pretty simple yet very tasty. Cashews, smoked paprika, and butternut squash give it a rustic flavor as well as a nice kick.

  • Corn Bread Pudding


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    Corn bread pudding casserole is a creamy side that will keep guests coming back for more!

  • Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini


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    Cauliflower is packed with nutrients, and if you're looking for a new way to eat it, here you go: Roast it and add a tahini sauce. Including some parsley in the sauce is tasty and adds a hint of green, making it a colorful and healthy side dish. 

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Fries


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    Looking for a delicious alternative to those sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows? Why not give these roasted sweet potato fries a try? Add your favorite spices, and you'll be enjoying these within an hour of starting to prepare them. 

  • Green Beans With Almonds


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    Green beans don't need to be smothered in creamy mushroom soup to taste great. Lightly steam these beans, toss in some toasted almonds, and enjoy!

  • No-Cream Creamed Spinach


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    This is a serious spinach recipe that comes right from White House chef Cristeta Comerford. Her no-cream creamed spinach is a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama. Shallots and garlic give it so much flavor, you won't even miss the cream!

  • Apple-Cranberry Sauce


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    Port wine and a bit of citrus give this apple-cranberry sauce a delicious richness. Ground ginger brings in a nice hint of autumn spice. 

  • Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf


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    While it might look like your mom's meatloaf, there's no meat involved, but there's still plenty of flavor in this Thanksgiving meatless loaf. Sweet potatoes, cannellini beans, and tofu give it its texture, while plenty of herbs, walnuts, and tomato paste provide its yummy taste. 

  • French Apple Tart


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    No meal, especially Thanksgiving dinner, would ever be complete without dessert! This French apple tart is made using the seeds of a fresh vanilla bean. It's served with a side of creme fraiche so non-vegan and vegetarians can enjoy as well. Are you drooling yet? We are!


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