Easy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

If you read my last post, you’ll see that I provided you with the dishes that I chose for my own vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner last year. If you wanted just a little something different or want to mix and match different dishes, well, I’ve really done all the hard work for you! Here are some of my favorite vegetarian recipes that I think would be perfect for your veggie Thanksgiving dinner that even your meat-eaters will love.

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

This recipe for veggie minestrone soup by Laura from allrecipes.com is one of the greatest932116 I’ve seen yet. Why? Because it’s so easy. While you may be running around all of Thanksgiving morning trying to make 8 completely different dishes, this is one that you can cook overnight. Laura’s recipe calls for this soup to be made in a slow cooker, or a Crockpot. Just take roughly 20 minutes the night before Thanksgiving to put the vegetable broth, spices, vegetables, etc. into the slow cooker, give it a little stir, and then let it cook on low for 6 ½ hours. The next morning, all you have to do is boil the water and cook the macaroni (or you can even leave out the pasta to make a lighter appetizer) and this dish is completely finished!

My favorite part about this site is that you can change the serving size to however many people you’re planning on serving that day, and the recipe automatically changes and is tailored to that. There’s also a little box next to the ingredients that has some ingredients currently on sale in food markets that are near you right now! This entire website is very intuitive, which makes it really fun to navigate through.

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This recipe from marthastewart.com puts a little twist on your classic bruschetta appetizer. Instead of just the tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, now you’re getting tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice, and olive oil. I chose this recipe because it’s not a drab appetizer that everyone’s used to seeing at every fancy dinner—this makes everything just a little more exciting! And what’s better than that? The fact that it takes only 20 minutes from prep to serve. This recipe only is enough for 8, but it’s simple enough to be able to double with no intricate math needed.

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This has always been one of my favorite meals, and with 5 out of 5 stars from inspiredtaste.net, how I could I not include this in my roundup? This recipe by Joanne and Adam Gallagher requires only 20 minutes prep time and 1 hour cooking time. Realistically, you can use any kinds of vegetables you’d like—this recipe calls for zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers, and tomatoes. Joanne just suggests that you keep it to 8-10 cups of mixed vegetables altogether. This is a great and traditional dish that just about everyone is sure to love, whether they prefer meat or veggies as their main food group.

Joanne and Adam Gallagher really make attempting this recipe super easy with all of their instructional pictures and even videos! They even have suggested recipes that you may like based on the one you’re currently viewing, like baked ziti with spinach.

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Looking for something other than a generic pasta dish? Try this recipe for vegetarian stuffed peppers from tasteofhome.com. Although this one may take a little longer than the other recipes on here (30 minutes prep time and 3 ½ hours cooking time), it definitely is well worth it. However, this recipe is also incredibly easy. Just like the minestrone soup, this stuffed peppers recipe is cooked right in a slow cooker, so all you have to do is put together the ingredients, sit back, and relax. You may think that eating only stuffed peppers may not be so filling, but when you’re eating all of the rice, tomatoes, corn, cheese, olives, black beans, red beans, as well as the actual pepper, too, it actually turns into a pretty substantial meal!

Tasteofhome.com allows their readers to add all of the ingredients of recipes directly to their “grocery list.” Readers can add all of the ingredients (or just some) of recipes they’ve found to their list and print it out when they’re heading to the store! You also have the option of saving recipes you’ve found into your “recipe box” for later use. Now, how handy is that?

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So now that you’ve gotten your appetizers and main dishes figured out, you probably want some dessert, right? This recipe for vegan sweet potato pie by Jolinda Hackett from vegetarian.about.com is to die for. The best part? It’s also incredibly easy! Maybe while your stuffed peppers are cooking in the slow cooker, you’re pie is cooking in the oven! This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prep and roughly 1 ½ hours to cook in the oven. To those who aren’t vegan, the ingredients may seem a little odd (a container of silken tofu and a container of extra firm tofu—what?!), but I promise this is nothing out of the ordinary. An extra perk to using this recipe is that since you’re using tofu, this dessert pie is actually a great boost of protein, too!

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Okay, so maybe you want to try something a little more classic for dessert. Here’s a vegan and gluten-free recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in only 7 ingredients! This recipe was created by John and Dana over at minimalistbaker.com. These cookies are made only with date, a ripe banana, peanut butter, almond meal, oats, peanut butter chips, and semisweet chocolate chips. They’re so incredibly easy because they’re so simple to make from scratch! All you do is roughly combine all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl (with a few minor other processes beforehand) and then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. The perk? They’re healthy, too! John and Dana claim that they’re even “’healthy’ enough to enjoy as a post-workout snack or after-meal dessert.” So after you stuff your face at Thanksgiving dinner, this is surely a guilt-free dessert that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Want more recipes like this? John and Dana’s blog is full of them! If you sign up for email updates on minimalistbaker.com, you’ll even receive a free copy of John and Dana’s ebook “7 Ingredients or Less.” And who doesn’t love free and easy?

Turkey Who?

It’s getting to be that time of year again when I start having to listen to people constantly ask me: “But what do you eat at Thanksgiving dinner?” Or my personal favorite: “Don’t you miss eating the turkey?”  Honestly, no. One of the main reasons I’ve stayed a vegetarian for so long is because I don’t miss eating the meat. However, both my sister and I are full-blown vegetarians, and finding things to eat for Thanksgiving has always been the biggest struggle (there are only so many times you can eat plate full of mashed potatoes before you get sick of it).

Last year, we tried something new by cooking an entirely vegetarian meal for our whole family. Everything was healthier than the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and after everyone agreed that they didn’t even miss the turkey, we’d call it a success. Here’s what we did:

Replace Turkey with Veggie Pot Pie

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Turkey has anywhere from 161-482 calories and typically 25g of protein per serving, depending on which part of the turkey you’re eating. This veggie pot pie is 339 calories, 13g of protein, and 10g of fiber per serving! Besides, this veggie pot pie takes only about 45 minutes to prep and cook compared to the typical 3 hours it takes to cook a turkey! The best part about this recipe is that it can be made vegan with just a simple swap of the buttermilk for soy milk. Realistically, you can even make this with any combination of vegetables that you want. In this case, celery, red bell peppers, carrots, green beans, and peas are used. This recipe makes enough for 6 people, but with a little math, you can tailor it to however many people will be eating with you.

Feeling lazy? You can buy pre-made vegetarian pot pies that are vegetarian, vegan, and kosher from Amy’s!

Replace Gravy with Vegetarian Gravy

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Still want that sense of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? At only 70 calories per serving, this vegetarian gravy will make a great addition to your veggie pot pie or mashed potatoes. Although it may take a little longer to make than you’d probably want to spend (1 hr, 45 min), I can guarantee that it’ll be well worth it and make the rest of your guests feel as if they’re enjoying a classic Thanksgiving dinner, with everything drenched in gravy!

Replace Sweet Potato Casserole with Green Bean Casserole

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Now I know what you’re all thinking—but they’re both vegetarian already. True, but sweet potato casserole is generally 285 calories and 5g of fat per serving, while green bean casserole is just 161 calories and 9g of fat per serving. Besides that, green beans are just plain good for you. They’re rich in vitamin K, fiber, and vitamin C. This green bean casserole is a relatively easy recipe to make for 8 people in just a little over an hour. Besides, this will provide some “comfort food” for the non-vegetarians at your Thanksgiving dinner since they may be used to having it every year. If they have never had it before, it’s still a great plate to make, and they’re almost guaranteed to love it!

 

Replace Traditional Stuffing with Veggie Stuffing with Cranberries

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Although some people may be unaware, because stuffing doesn’t look to be non-vegetarian, stuffing isn’t vegetarian. Most recipes are made with chicken stock, chicken broth, or some other form of meat. In this meat-free recipe, you’re getting all the perks of stuffing, like the tastiness of the bread and spices, plus some. This recipe calls for ¾ cup of cranberries to add some extra flavor and fiber to this dish. Ready in only 35 minutes, this is one of the simplest veggie Thanksgiving recipes that you can prepare and everyone is sure to love.

Looking for a Sweet Side?

Try Caramelized Butternut Squash

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This recipe for caramelized butternut squash is one of my favorites. Although the recipe claims it’s enough for 6-8, I’d say more of 10-12 because, as a side dish, people shouldn’t take too many— especially if you’re cooking everything else above! This is also a fairly easy dish to make, so beginners shouldn’t be shy to try this. It does take just a little over an hour to prepare, but every minute taken to create this is well worth it once you take one bite.

 

So you’re family may want to whine and moan about missing the turkey on Thanksgiving, but if you serve all of this (or more), I’m sure they’ll forget all about it. Or if you don’t want to serve it to all of your family and want it for just yourself, cut each recipe down to just one serving. Either way, I promise this menu is one to leave any meat-lover drooling over your plate this Thanksgiving.

 

Have any ideas or your own recipes for your favorite vegetarian or vegan meals you love to serve on Thanksgiving? Mention them in the comments below!