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Delicious Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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vegetarian thanksgivingAre you unsure how to celebrate Thanksgiving as a vegetarian?

The  traditional Thanksgiving dinner highlighting Turkey as the centerpiece of its meal can definitely pose a problem for the Vegetarians in your family.

But, as you can see, this doesn’t mean that the vegetarians in your life will be left nibbling at the corners of traditional dishes!

Thankfully, there are lots of options available for a meatless vegetarian Thanksgiving feast!

Menu Suggestion for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

  • TOFurky OR Stuffed Butternut Squash (instead of turkey)
  • Vegetable Gravy
  • Crispy Green Beans
  • Oven-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes OR Roasted Butternut Squash and Potatoes
  • Vegan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
  • Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
  • Vegan Bread Pudding
  • Cranberry Pear Crisp

Delicious Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Stuffed Butternut Squash

For 8 servings, you will need:

* 4 medium butternut squashes
* 3/4 cup wild rice
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 2 cloves minced fresh garlic
* 2 1/2 cups whole wheat bread, torn into bite-sized pieces (pack firmly into cup to measure)
* 1/2 teaspoon dried sage (or 2 teaspoons minced fresh)
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 cup unsweetened orange juice
* Salt or salt-free blend to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and use a fruit spoon to scrape out the seeds. Place halved squash in shallow baking dishes, cut side up. Cover and bake for about 45 minutes, or until you can pierce one easily with a knife but it is still somewhat firm.

While the squash bakes, cook the wild rice in 2 cups of water – stir rice into boiling water, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Place cooked rice in the bowl.

Sautee onions and garlic until soft. Add them to the rice in the bowl, and stir in remaining ingredients.

Cool the squash until you can comfortably handle them, then scoop out some of the cooked flesh, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh in each squash. Chop the scooped-out flesh and add to the stuffing mixture, then stuff the squashes. Place them in a baking dish and cover. Before serving this scrumptious vegetarian Thanksgiving dish, heat in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

2. Crispy Green Beans

For a terrific vegetarian Thanksgiving side dish, try these crisp beans that can be eaten with the fingers. To serve 4, you will need:

* 2 pounds green beans (stringless tenderettes or haricot verts)
* 2 teaspoons margarine or butter
* 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
* 1 tablespoon dried chives
* 1 tablespoon dried parsley
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Steam green beans for 5 to 7 minutes. Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients; toss to coat and serve at your vegetarian Thanksgiving.

3. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

For 14 rolls, you’ll need:

* 2 1/2 teaspoons baker’s yeast
* 3/4 cup lukewarm buttermilk
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 7 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried nutmeg
* 3/4 cup butter
* 1 large egg
* 1 can pumpkin puree (16oz)

Sprinkle yeast over the lukewarm milk and let sit until bubbly (about 5 minutes). In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork. Lightly beat the egg and add it to the flour mixture. Add the pumpkin and the milk/yeast mixture. Stir it well, then knead the dough for about 10 minutes, adding up to a cup of flour to keep dough from sticking.

Form dough into a ball, place in greased or buttered bowl, and let it rise, covered, for about an hour (or until it’s doubled in size).

Punch dough down and form into 14 balls. Place these balls into a 10-inch spring-form pan or non-stick cake pan, cover with a clean towel and let rise about 45 minutes. Bake risen rolls at 250 degrees F for about 45 minutes, allow to cool, then remove from pan and serve. Your family will love this vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!

4. Cranberry and Pear Crisp

Serve this as an unusual but seasonal dessert.

* 3 medium-sized pears, cut into thin slices
* 2 tart baking apples, cut into thin slices (peel if desired)
* 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Topping:

* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup rolled oats
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 cup buttery spread or butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the pears, apples, cranberries, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons sugar, and corn starch. Spread into a 9-inch baking pan or pie dish. In another bowl, mix the topping ingredients, cutting the buttery spread/butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit and bake for about half an hour. This is sure to become a family favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!

5. Oven-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

6. Roasted Butternut Squash and Potatoes

7. Vegetarian Thanksgiving Vegetable Gravy

8. TOFurkey

9.  Vegan Bread Pudding

10.  Vegan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are simmered on the stove top with white wine and fresh thyme in this simple yet delicious and nourishing sweet potato and pumpkin soup. This pumpkin and sweet potato soup is the perfect recipe for your vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp margarine
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup white wine
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 pounds pumpkin, peeled and chopped
3 sweet potatoes, chopped
7 cups vegetable broth

Preparation:

In a large soup pot, heat the onions and celery in margarine for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add wine. Allow to simmer for five minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes, or until pumpkin and sweet potatoes are soft. Puree in a food processor or blender, if desired, or, mash to desired consistency.

Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving (And to non-veg’s also, of course!)

We hope you have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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