Meatless Monday Inspiration: Turkey-Free Turkey Day?

Ok, veggies, vegans, and all other foodies, we’re going to make this snappy: We want you to share your favorite Thanksgiving-appropriate vegetarian recipes. Because some of us could use a little inspiration for ourselves, our picky guests, and fussy kids… What veggie dishes are you making?

P.S. We’re just kidding about the turkey. Enjoy every bite if you love it!

12 Responses to “Meatless Monday Inspiration: Turkey-Free Turkey Day?”
  1. Megan says:

    I love this recipe for Braised Chestnuts with Shiitakes in Madeira Cream Sauce (just substitute vegetable broth to make it vegetarian). It is a great “turkey substitute” for vegetarians and meat-eaters tend to love it, too.

  2. caroline says:

    I am so excited about all the cooking I’m going to be doing! As far as I can tell, it’s going to look like vegetarian chili, like the one here ( and a lentil-walnut loaf – from the same website, she’s great! Lots of spicy roasted carrots, panko-crusted cauliflower, and some variation of this or this

    I’m also making vegan-friendly apple pie and vow to run no fewer than six miles the following morning, for which I will be incredibly thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Cait says:

    This. So good. Crispy shallots are amazing. I made it this weekend for fun and I might just make it every wekkend for the foreseeable future. via

  4. Letitia says:

    This isn’t a recipe, so much as a recipe warning. To all those who are considering stuffing a pumpkin with rice, fruit, etc, and serving it as a veg alternative main course–pumpkins insulate really really well! I have never successfully cooked my pumpkin, and one year, we even let it cook for 7 hours without the pumpkin “meat” cooking all the way through. The stuffing was still delicious, but thought I’d give fair warning if anyone was planning to serve a stuffed pumpkin. Good luck to you! I hope it works out better than any of mine have.

  5. Sarah says:

    Check out this amazing vegan recipe for Cranberry, Apricot and Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf (

    Sweet Potato Casserole (Vegan)

    The best Vegetarian chili recipe I’ve tried is ( I use frozen corn instead of fresh in the cold months.

  6. Katherine says:

    For the past several years, we have been doing a “normal” Thanksgiving, but with Quorn instead of turkey. It is a really tasty vegetarian (not vegan! I think it has eggs in it) alternative if you can find it. One year I did make a vegan lentil loaf using this really cool website:

  7. comagirl says:

    I’m the Lone Ranger here. I am cooking the whole traditional meal, as that is what the family has requested. I chose not to brine this year and will stuff my Turkey instead. Apple Cider marinated Turkey, with lager gravy, herb stuffing and herb infused mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, lots of veggies, a salad and pumpkin tiramisu. So much work – I’m never sure it is worth the 20 minutes we spend eating. Heavy sigh.

  8. Mimi says:

    Um, comagirl, I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving, okay?

  9. Alexandra says:

    Pumpkin tiramisu?? My mouth is watering.

  10. Beka says:

    We will be trying most of the Thanksgiving recipes listed on Oh She Glows ( and this vegan pumpkin pie ( I’m also going to try to veganize a pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe I found on, no clue how that will turn out! (We’ll also have king crab legs and shrimp, since the idea of a totally vegan Thanksgiving scares my husband!)

  11. Jenn says:

    My aunt Laura makes an awesome spinach and mushroom lasagna rollup. Just take the lasagna noodles, add ricotta cheese with basil and shredded mozzarella, roll it up and put in a casserole dish with sauce and more mozzarella on top. Mmmm

  12. Larisa says:

    A few thanksgivings ago I had this amazing seitan with rosemary. Oh my goodness. It was soo good I asked the host for the recipe and just posted it on my tumblr.


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