Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Find healthy, delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Moroccan Chickpea-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Think of this healthy vegetarian side dish recipe as a meatless tagine served in a squash bowl. Kabocha, sweet dumpling or carnival squash make good alternatives to acorn squash. To make this side a hearty vegetarian meal, serve 2 halves each.

Fennel & Asiago Pie with a Wild Rice Crust

Wild rice bound with egg and cheese makes a lovely (and gluten-free) crust for this stunning, quiche-like pie stuffed with roasted garlic and fennel. Try it for brunch, as a vegetarian entree or as an impressive potluck offering.

Hasselback Potatoes with Cheese

Hasselback potatoes are the perfect side dish for people who love crispy potato-chip-like slices as well as the tender interior of a baked potato. Simple to prepare, these hasselback potatoes look impressive and decadent with melted Cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of paprika on top.

Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This roast pumpkin with a mushroom-and-bread stuffing is a beautiful vegetarian entree for the holidays. Use a small pumpkin if you can find one, but a winter squash like kabocha or buttercup also works. For a special garnish, save the seeds from the pumpkin, toss them with spices and roast them. If you use a squash, opt for store-bought pepitas; the squash seeds are too woody to eat.

Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 4.46 stars
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The lightened-up luscious sauce elevates this easy casserole recipe over standard broccoli and cheese side dishes.

Dill Mustard Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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This tangy mustard-dill sauce recipe is delicious served with smoked salmon, used as a vegetable dip or spread on a sandwich.

Diabetic Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.67 stars
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With this luscious take on an all-time favorite, you can fit this low-sugar cake into a diabetic meal plan with style.

Balsamic Roasted Cabbage

Rating: 3.5 stars
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These roasted cabbage wedges with honey and balsamic vinegar make an attractive and healthy side dish that's also very easy to prepare. You can use red or green cabbage--or make a double batch with one of each for a pretty presentation.

Garlic-Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 5 stars
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Speed up roasting vegetables, like these lemon-and-thyme-infused Brussels sprouts, by cooking them on two large baking sheets instead of just one. This basic roasting technique also works for other root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes.

Steamed Butternut Squash

Rating: 5 stars
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Butternut squash steams quickly, making this a great cooking technique to enjoy this fall vegetable as a weeknight side dish. For extra flavor, toss the steamed butternut squash with salt, pepper and a little bit of olive oil, butter or Parmesan cheese after cooking.

Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets

Rating: 5 stars
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Try a sweet glaze on beets or other root vegetables to help balance their earthy flavor. This easy recipe will work with steamed carrots, turnips or rutabaga too.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.86 stars
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In this easy vegetable side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and are roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transform this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Polenta-Stuffed Kabocha Squash

The cheesy polenta filling in this healthy stuffed squash recipe makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes, as well as a hearty vegetarian entree.

Show-Stopping Vegetarian Mains

These stunning meatless main dish recipes are so rich and satisfying—even the meat eaters will want some on their plate.

Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes with Spinach

Rating: 5 stars
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Classic scalloped potatoes get a burst of color, heartier texture and a healthy update with the addition of chopped spinach. The greens in this side dish also create a nice contrast to the creamy, velvety potatoes.