Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

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The first thing that usually comes to mind when you think about Thanksgiving is turkey, but there are so many classic Thanksgiving recipes that are naturally vegetarian or can easily be made vegetarian. So I’ve compiled some of my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes below to make it easy to find these delicious recipes all in one place. That way everyone can have something delicious to eat on Thanksgiving, vegetarian or not!

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash makes a great vegetarian (or vegan) Thanksgiving main dish, or a delicious dinner for any chilly fall evening!
4.86 from 14 votes
$6.19 recipe / $1.55 serving Get the Recipe

This stunning Stuffed Acorn Squash is a show-stopping vegetarian main dish and can easily be made vegan with one simple ingredient swap.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

A colorful medley of vegetables, protein filled lentils, and a rich brown gravy make this Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie filling and flavorful without meat. 
4.84 from 87 votes
$5.87 recipe / $0.98 serving Get the Recipe

It’s hearty, cozy, and has all those fall flavors. This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect stand-in for your main dish on Thanksgiving. P.S. As long as you use vegan mashed potatoes to top your pie, the whole dish will be vegan-friendly!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Brussels sprouts and an easy, tasty, and versatile side dish to compliment any of your fall or winter meals.
5 from 8 votes
$2.21 recipe / $0.55 serving Get the Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a super easy Thanksgiving side dish and a great way to add a little green to that holiday plate.

Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots

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Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots are a simple but delicious side dish that is easy enough for busy weeknights, but fancy enough for company!
4.62 from 13 votes
$2.82 recipe / $0.71 serving Get the Recipe

Roasting carrots deepens their flavor and makes them extra cozy for fall. Add a simple honey balsamic glaze and you’ve got a side dish impressive enough for Thanksgiving!

The Best Green Bean Casserole (no canned soup)

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This is the Best Green Bean Casserole you'll ever make with fresh green beans and no condensed "cream of" soup. Taste the difference fresh can make!
4.90 from 28 votes
$7.85 recipe / $1.31 serving Get the Recipe

I’m CRAZY for this super creamy Green Bean Casserole that is made 100% from scratch with NO canned or condensed soups. You’ll be able to taste the difference, promise. ;)

Homemade Mac and Cheese

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This incredibly creamy and cheesy homemade mac and cheese is great on its own or as a jumping off point for your own creation.
4.36 from 28 votes
$4.19 recipe / $1.05 serving Get the Recipe

The Thanksgiving table wouldn’t be complete without an American classic like Macaroni and Cheese. And our Macaroni and Cheese is one of the creamiest around!

Classic Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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This simple cranberry sauce only requires three ingredients but has enough flavor to add excitement to your holiday meal.
4.41 from 5 votes
$2.77 recipe / $0.46 serving Get the Recipe

Homemade cranberry sauce is probably the easiest dish to prepare on a Thanksgiving table and it also happens to be vegetarian and vegan! 🙌

Vegetarian Stuffing

This Vegetarian Stuffing is full of so much color, texture, and flavor that it will be loved by meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.
4.93 from 13 votes
$7.54 recipe / $0.94 serving Get the Recipe

Stuffing (or “dressing” if you’re in the south) is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. And it doesn’t have to be cooked in the bird to make it spectacular! This Vegetarian Stuffing with knock your socks of with all of its flavor, color, and texture.

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Fluffy as a cloud and with a rich buttery finish, these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes will be the star of any weeknight dinner or holiday meal! Budgetbytes.com
Fluffy as a cloud and with a rich buttery finish, these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes will be the star of any weeknight dinner or holiday meal! 
4.60 from 15 votes
$2.05 recipe / $0.34 serving Get the Recipe

Mashed potatoes are a must on Thanksgiving because you’ve got to have something to soak up all that gravy! These garlic herb mashed potatoes are extra flavorful so that every bite counts.

Mushroom Herb Gravy

This one quick, easy, and insanely flavorful Mushroom Herb Gravy will satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. 
5 from 16 votes
$3.23 recipe / $0.54 serving Get the Recipe

This Mushroom Herb Gravy comes together in minutes and there are no Turkey drippings required! It’s rich, smooth, and perfect for drizzling over your entire Thanksgiving plate.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans are an easy, classic Thanksgiving side dish that everyone will love.
5 from 8 votes
$6.77 recipe / $1.13 serving Get the Recipe

If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly alternative to the sweet marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole, you’ve got to try these Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes!

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

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A creamy broccoli cheddar casserole from scratch, using no "cream of" soups. Rich, cheesy comfort food at its best!
4.73 from 73 votes
$6.56 recipe / $1.09 serving Get the Recipe

Cozy comfort food dishes abound on Thanksgiving day, so this Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is right at home! Rich, cheesy, and carby, this casserole never disappoints.

Wild Rice Pilaf

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This wild rice pilaf is full of color, texture, and fall flavors. It's the perfect side dish for dinner during the cooler months.
4.91 from 10 votes
$2.73 recipe / $0.68 serving Get the Recipe

If you want to inject a little more color and texture to your Thanksgiving plate, make this Wild Rice Pilaf. It’s chock-full of vegetables, nuts, herbs, and even a little fruit.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

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These sweet and savory caramelized Balsamic Roasted Vegetables are an easy and elegant all-purpose side dish that you'll want to make over and over!
4.29 from 21 votes
$6.37 recipe / $1.59 serving Get the Recipe

Root vegetables are plentiful in the Fall, so take advantage and make this gorgeous medley of balsamic roasted vegetables for your Thanksgiving spread!

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple way to add a little something extra special to your Thanksgiving table.
4.74 from 15 votes
$5.71 recipe / $0.95 serving Get the Recipe

If you want to do a little something different from regular mashed potatoes, try these Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes! They’re sweet, rich, nutty, and absolutely divine.

Bread Recipes for Thanksgiving

Easy Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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Toss that boxed mix and make this fast and Easy Homemade Cornbread, which makes a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 
4.73 from 92 votes
$1.51 recipe / $0.19 serving Get the Recipe

Cornbread is the perfect sweet and rich side to all of your Thanksgiving goodies, and you can bake it up in a baking dish or in a muffin tin for easy single-serving portions.

Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls

The earthy flavor and subtle sweetness of molasses makes these Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls the perfect addition to your fall holiday table. BudgetBytes.com
The earthy flavor and subtle sweetness of molasses makes these Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls the perfect addition to your fall holiday table. 
5 from 12 votes
$1.87 recipe / $0.16 each Get the Recipe

If you love the soft sweetness of Hawaiian rolls or brioche, you’ll love these Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls. The rich molasses flavor gives them a cozy fall vibe, perfect for Thanksgiving.

Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits

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Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits are an easy to make side for soups and stews. No kneading or cutting biscuits, just mix, drop, and bake! 
5 from 14 votes
$1.68 recipe / $0.21 each Get the Recipe

If you just want something as simple as possible for bread on Thanksgiving, look to drop biscuits! There’s no kneading, no shaping, and no rising! Just mix, scoop, and bake.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Desserts

Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

Overhead view of a Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie with a slice cut out, on a plate on the side with whipped cream.
This Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie is the perfect special touch for your Thanksgiving dinner, without adding a lot of extra work or unusual ingredients.
4.79 from 14 votes
$4.70 recipe / $0.59 serving Get the Recipe

It’s just not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie! And this one is just a little extra special with the addition of brown butter and a splash of maple syrup.

Mini Dark Chocolate Pecan Pies

These easy Mini Pecan Pies studded with dark chocolate make the perfectly balanced and pre-portioned dessert for all of your holiday gatherings. Budgetbytes.com
These easy Mini Pecan Pies studded with dark chocolate make the perfectly balanced and pre-portioned dessert for all of your holiday gatherings. 
4.89 from 18 votes
$5.23 recipe / $0.44 each Get the Recipe

These cute little mini pecan pies are the perfect single-serving portion when you have a lot of guests!

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes are an easy, deconstructed version of the classic sweet potato casserole that is manageable enough for weeknight dessert. BudgetBytes.com
Streuseled Sweet Potatoes are an easy, deconstructed version of the classic sweet potato casserole that is manageable enough for weeknight dessert. 
5 from 6 votes
$2.99 recipe / $0.75 serving Get the Recipe

If you don’t want to make a whole pie, these streuseled sweet potatoes will give you all the sweet dessert vibes you need with half the effort.

Apple Pie

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This is the easiest apple pie recipe ever! The cinnamon-scented filling and buttery crust are scrumptious and ridiculously simple to make!
4.20 from 10 votes
$6.94 recipe / $0.87 serving Get the Recipe

Apple pie is the quintessential fall dessert and is the perfect companion to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. This classic apple pie recipe is top notch!

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  1. I can confirm that the wild rice pilaf and apple pie are amazing and would be awesome additions to any holiday table! :D

  2. Many thanks from this vegetarian!!! All of these recipes look delicious!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️