Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes

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

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Sweet Potato Hash Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars
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Diced sweet potato, bell peppers and apples make a vegan stuffing inspired by the flavors of sausage. To add that savory flavor, we use poultry seasoning (don't worry, there's no actual poultry in it!). Piled into portobello mushroom caps, it creates a beautiful and filling plant-based main dish--perfect for the holidays.

Squash & Leek Lasagna

Rating: 3.75 stars
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Grated butternut squash, pine nuts and sautéed leeks in a creamy white sauce are layered with sheets of whole-wheat pasta for this wintery variation on a vegetable lasagna. Any Parmesan cheese can be used in this casserole, but we recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano for its superior flavor.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Thai spices and creamy coconut milk distinguish this version from traditional butternut squash soup. Curry paste is a convenient way to add complex flavor, but if you want to make sure this soup is vegan or if you are allergic to shellfish, check the ingredient list carefully--some brands contain shellfish.

Rustic Mushroom Tart

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Don't let phyllo dough's fussy reputation put you off: our method of brushing olive oil and sprinkling breadcrumbs between the layers makes this tart actually quite simple to assemble, and helps keep it healthy. It can be served as a main course or cut into smaller pieces and enjoyed as an appetizer.

Wild Mushroom & Barley Risotto

Rating: 4.11 stars
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In this pungent mushroom risotto, we substitute fiber-rich barley for the more traditional arborio rice. Any combination of mushrooms will work; if you use shiitakes, remove the stems from the caps before using.

Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 3.25 stars
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Although traditional risottos use refined arborio rice and require constant stirring, you can achieve excellent results with this oven-baked version using short-grain brown rice, taking advantage of its whole-grain benefits.

Mediterranean Couscous Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 4 stars
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We love the subtle flavor of cinnamon with fresh mint in these vegetarian cabbage rolls stuffed with couscous, olives and feta cheese. Don't worry if your cabbage leaves tear a little when you pull them off the head; they will wrap up just fine. As a precaution you can cook a couple extra leaves and roll two partly overlapping if needed. Serve with roasted butternut squash tossed with olive oil, cinnamon and garlic. To double this recipe, use 2 large skillets and prepare one 4-serving recipe in each.

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.

Mini Brie & Apple Quiches

Rating: 4 stars
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We love the way Brie and apples taste together in these mini quiches. Mini phyllo cups make it swift and simple to create an elegant appetizer.

Wild Rice Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4 stars
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Wild rice is intensely aromatic so it's a great match for the bold flavors of saffron and Madeira in this wild rice pilaf recipe. Roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts studded on top give it a festive look and help make it filling enough for a vegetarian main dish.

Caramelized Onion & Brussels Sprout Galette

Rating: 5 stars
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Serve this vegetarian tart recipe as a main dish or in thinner slices for an appetizer or side dish. Since you'll be pleating the dough to create a rustic look, buy ready-to-roll pie crusts rather than prepared pie shells--you'll find them in the dairy section of your market with other ready-to-bake items or near the frozen desserts.

Vegan Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

The highlight of this gorgeous vegan holiday main dish recipe is the surprisingly rich dairy-free mushroom gravy. The roasted cauliflower is also pleasantly delicious thanks to a little caramelization while roasting. Smother a side of vegan mashed potatoes with any extra gravy.
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Winter Squash Risotto

Rating: Unrated
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Sweet winter squash and earthy shiitake mushrooms are delicious in this creamy risotto.

Cabbage & Mushroom Galette

Rating: 4 stars
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In this gorgeous vegetarian galette recipe, caramelized cabbage, earthy mushrooms and salty queso fresco (a soft, fresh Mexican cheese also known as queso blanco) are layered and wrapped within a peppery, flaky pastry crust. For an easy lunch or dinner, serve this rustic tart with a simple green salad tossed with a sherry vinaigrette.