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Vegetarian and Vegan Stuffing
Who needs to wait for special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving to cook stuffing? Stuffing (or dressing) is a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dish that can be enjoyed year-round. Don't you just love the way all the fresh herbs smell while cooking? Try a classic cornbread stuffing or a flavorful gluten-free stuffing (pictured). Get creative with vegetarian quinoa stuffing.
02 of 10
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner Mains
Some vegetarians like to have a centerpiece at the table similar to a turkey, such as a Tofurky, another mock turkey, or a homemade tofu turkey or loaf. Others are happy with a non-traditional entree. A wild rice and cranberry pilaf or a stuffed acorn squash makes a flavorful fall-themed entree.
03 of 10
Tofurky's not the only player in town anymore! Several brands of vegetarian and vegan meatless turkey substitutes have hit the market over the past few holiday seasons, and this guide will introduce you to the best of them. Can't decide which to try? Have one for Thanksgiving, one for Christmas and try a third for Easter!
04 of 10
Round out your dinner menu with some creative vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving side dishes. Browse dozens of recipes for vegan mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and apple casserole, vegan green bean casserole and more classic Thanksgiving vegetable and side dish recipes, such as oven-roasted brussels sprouts.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
Sure everyone expects pumpkin pie or apple pie at Thanksgiving, but you could also serve up vegan pumpkin cheesecake or a gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie! If you're just looking for a vegan apple pie you'll find that here too, though. All of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes are vegetarian, and most are vegan and low-fat as well. A good example might be gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie.
06 of 10
As a light alternative or accompaniment to a Tofurky or another vegetarian turkey, try one of these Thanksgiving soup ideas for dinner. Eating soup as a Thanksgiving entree means you have plenty of room left for stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Or, if you're new to cooking vegetarian food, soup is an easy and stress-free choice. Try some of these colorful and easy vegetarian Thanksgiving soup ideas, such as butternut squash soup.
07 of 10
Put some pumpkin on your table this Thanksgiving! If you're not cooking a Tofurky or other mock roast, a vegetarian pumpkin dish can be a great entree. Or, serve some vegetarian pumpkin soup, cook up a side of vegan pumpkin bread, or make a batch of pumpkin muffins for a Thanksgiving or day after breakfast. Consider a vegan pumpkin pasta.
08 of 10
Making a meatless vegetarian gravy is more of an art than an exact science, as timing, stirring and heat are everything. Most vegetarian gravy recipes are made from a vegetable broth base instead of pan drippings or animal fat, and many recipes add extra flavor by using mushrooms, fresh herbs, or other flavor enhancers such as miso or nutritional yeast.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
The raw vegan trend may not be for everyone, but if you've got a guest on a strict raw food diet or if you'd just like to add some lighter foods to your meat-free Thanksgiving menu, you'll find plenty of ideas to choose from here, including a raw vegan appetizers, fall soups, main dish suggestions, and even a raw vegan food pumpkin pie for dessert.
10 of 10
Vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving leftovers aren't much different than regular leftovers. Extra Tofurky makes for great next-day sandwiches, just like regular turkey, for example. But, if you're looking for some more tips and ways to reuse and disguise mountains of mashed potatoes, here's plenty of Thanksgiving leftover ideas, just for vegetarians and vegans.