Meatless Thanksgiving Main Dish Alternatives

Meatless Thanksgiving Main Dish Alternatives
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Meatless Thanksgiving Main Dish Alternatives

Yes, turkey is the most well-known dish on the Thanksgiving table, but that doesn't mean that vegetarians should feel left out of the biggest feast of the year. Try out some of these vegetarian-friendly dishes to shake things up.

Tandoori Tofu

A tandoori-inspired spice rub and smokiness from the grill flavor these tofu “steaks.” While you’re there, grill some vegetables, too, to serve alongside.

Get the recipe: Tandoori Tofu

Root Vegetable Gratin

Vegetarians will delight at this hearty and seasonal dish.

Get the recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin

Wheat Berry Salad With Tuscan Kale And Butternut Squash

This lovely autumn salad will be a hit for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Any wheat berry will work well here, but larger varieties will take longer to cook.

Get the recipe: Wheat Berry Salad with Tuscan Kale and Butternut Squash

Barley-And-Spinach Salad With Tofu Dressing

This salad is incredibly satisfying, thanks to the fiber-rich barley with spinach and mushrooms. Crumbled firm tofu in the sherry vinegar dressing adds extra protein, so vegetarian guests won't be hungry.

Get the recipe: Barley-And-Spinach Salad With Tofu Dressing

Quinoa And Smoked Tofu Salad

This salad is packed with heart-healthy ingredients--whole grains, legumes and plenty of vegetables.

Get the recipe: Quinoa And Smoked Tofu Salad

Baked Butternut Squash And Cheese Polenta

This crusty baked polenta is swirled with tasty mashed butternut squash and smoked Gouda cheese.

Get the recipe: Baked Butternut Squash and Cheese Polenta

Tofu Casserole

This super nutritious dish will delight vegetarians during Thanksgiving. To simplify the recipe, use supermarket ingredients and combine everything in the pot--no dipping required.

Get the recipe: Tofu Casserole

Eggplant Tomato Gratin

Eggplant is a great, hearty substitute for meat. This dish is delicious if you abstain from meat or not!

Get the recipe: Eggplant Tomato Gratin

Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This fresh recipe can make use of delicious, seasonal produce and makes for an easy and tasty vegetarian-friendly dish.

Get the recipe: Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad


Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and of course, the task at hand is to plan the menu. One issue usually plagues the chef: the vegetarian.

Choosing main dish, meatless alternatives to the traditional, classic, mouth-watering turkey is tricky. What to choose? How to prepare? Where to begin?

We have a few tips to point you in the right direction. Even better? We know the vegetarian attendees will give you two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Check out the slideshow above to flip through some of our top recommendations!

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