10 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas

Are you still deciding on your Thanksgiving menu? (I won’t judge.)  I’m not preparing the whole meal, because we’ll be at my parents’ house this year, but I am bringing a couple of dishes. Since I’m a vegetarian, I’ll be skipping the turkey and gravy. I’ve never felt deprived on Thanksgiving, though. My family’s traditional sides alone (buttermilk biscuits, cheesy broccoli and rice, mashed potatoes, salad, etc.) would be plenty of food for me, but I always bring at least one vegetable-based dish as my contribution. This year we’re making cauliflower mash and mushroom gravy, and maybe roasted Brussels sprouts, or green bean casserole instead, if Steven decides to make it.

 

While trying to figure out what to make, I came across a ton of ideas, and I thought I should share a few in case you’re looking for vegetarian ideas for yourself, or a dinner guest. They may not be “traditional,” but if you ask me, there’s always room for another dish on the table, and you might even help convince a meat-and-potatoes type that green vegetables aren’t so bad.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest

Pumpkin Biryani with Pistachios

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Miso Sesame Winter Squash

(I just made this last night. It was outstanding!)

Baby Spinach and Garlic Bread Pudding

Roasted Delicata Squash and Radicchio Salad

Kale and Wild Rice Casserole

Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad

Eggplant Walnut Ricotta Rolls

Roasted Root Vegetables with Tomatoes and Kale

Hungry yet? What are you making for the big day?