5 Vegetarian Recipes to Serve Instead of a Tofurkey

November 21, 2014

When you have to make a vegetarian main dish for Thanksgiving, Tofurkey is usually the first thing that comes to mind.  There are so many other delicious vegetarian options that are healthier than the meat-free butterball.  Dishes like pumpkin pot pie and kale and butternut squash shells are two examples of perfect vegetarian meals for your non-meat eating friends and family on Thanksgiving.

Kale and Squash Stuffed Shells
Recipe from The Corner Kitchen

Pasta is always a crowd pleaser especially when it's stuffed with butternut squash, kale and cheese.  This Italian inspired main dish is sweet, savory and totally delicious.  No one is counting carbs on Thanksgiving so feel free to indulge.

Kale and Butternut Squash Salad
Recipe from Linda Wagner

Do not write off salad on Thanksgiving.  It can be so much more than just a pile of lettuce.  This salad recipe combines kale with roasted butternut squash, avocado and pomegranate seeds.  A garlic sriracha vinaigrette brings the whole salad together.  I like to add pumpernickel croutons.  

Lentil and Root Vegetable Strudel
Recipe from Oh My Veggies

Lentil and roasted root vegetable strudel is a meatless main dish that all vegetarians will absolutely love.  Roasted butternut squash, parsnips, turnips, and carrots are paired with hearty lentils and wrapped in the thinnest phyllo dough with goat cheese and pecan pesto.  Phyllo dough can be purchased in the frozen section of the grocery store.  When working with the dough, make sure to keep it moist with a damp towel.

Pumpkin Pot Pie
Recipe from Earthy Feast

This seasonal version of pot pie will please vegetarians and carnivores alike.  Chopped sugar pumpkin cubes are combined with white kidney beans, kale, and a French mirepoix (onions, celery and carrot).  The flaky homemade crust is parmesan cheese to add a extra layer of flavor.

Stuffed Thanksgiving Burger
Recipe from Post Punk Kitchen

Just because you are skipping the turkey doesn't mean you have to give up the other classic Thanksgiving dishes.  These stuffing burgers can be the main dish for vegetarians or a tasty use of Thanksgiving leftovers.  The patties are served on sourdough rolls with kale and vegan mayonnaise.

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