Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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We’re NOT Talking Turkey…

Our family has been vegetarian for six years now. I remember when we first started, I asked a friend of mine who has been vegetarian his whole life, “So what do you eat for Thanksgiving?” He gave me this I-love-you-even-if-you’re-an-idiot grin and began listing off all the yummy food they eat.

Since then, we sometimes get asked the same question: What do vegetarians eat for Thanksgiving?

Fact is, there’s an entire world of Thanksgiving goodness to be had for vegetarians. I thought I’d give you guys some inspiration by sharing this year’s menu with you. The linked items are what we actually made ourselves, and the others are items we bought at the grocery store. It’s all so flavorful and satisfying, we don’t even notice the lack of meat.

Roasted stuffed pumpkin

This roasted stuffed pumpkin was the main event of our vegetarian Thanksgiving. Inside, it’s stuffed with bread, gruyere cheese, peas, leeks, apples, garlic, and other spices.

  • Roasted Pumpkin with Bread and Gruyere Cheese Stuffing: Pumpkins are beautiful and yummy when roasted. We stuffed this one with bread, gruyere cheese, peas, thyme, leeks, garlic, apple, and other delicious things. Who needs turkey?
  • Maple Glazed Root Veggies: Carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips with a glaze of maple syrup, dijon mustard, and garlic powder. Yum!
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: This version has become our favorite. It has romano cheese in it, and this year we added the rest of the leek that we didn’t use in the pumpkin stuffing. Bliss. That is all.
  • Herbed Corn: This is super easy and tasty.
  • Homemade Butternut Squash and Pear Ravioli with Rosemary Sauce: This was likely the most complicated dish we made this year. But so delicious! Making homemade ravioli is fun.
  • Cranberry relish
  • Brioche with homemade apple butter (don’t have a link to the apple butter recipe, but we made it earlier this fall)
  • Pumpkin pie and Cherry pie with homemade whipped cream

We really enjoyed our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you are vegetarian or not, going meatless “cold turkey” for Thanksgiving is a great idea. If you need some inspiration for rethinking turkey, see this list of 12 Reasons You May Never Want To Eat Turkey Again, by Ashley Capps at

Vegetarian Thanksgiving



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