I have a lot of friends who are vegetarians, and I eat my fair share of vegetarian dishes even though I’m an omnivore. Many of my friends and I have discovered dishes that are crowd-pleasers for everyone at Thanksgiving, whether or not our guests eat meat. Here are some of my favorites to make and serve. (See also: 35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians)
1. Crustless quiche
I love a good quiche whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This crustless quiche from the excellent food blog The Bojon Gourmet heightens the humble dish with a succulent combination of potato, goat cheese, Gruyère, and chives. Because it’s made in a cast iron skillet, it gets a crunchy crust of its own during the cooking process without needing to add the calories of a proper crust. This leaves you more room for the other delicious goodies on the table!
2. Stuffed butternut squash
Butternut squash is one of my very favorite fall harvest vegetables. To make it extra special for Thanksgiving, take a page from the Pickles & Honey blog and stuff it with a tempeh and rice mixture that makes it even more satisfying! (See also: 12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall)
3. Acorn squash with walnuts and cranberries
Can’t get enough squash during the holidays? Me neither. One of the things I love best about the marvelous varieties of this vegetable is that they can be sweet or savory. Here’s one that’s yummy enough to be a main dish or a dessert. The gooey combination stuffing of walnuts and cranberries makes this one a wholesome sweet treat for everyone!
4. Savory sweet potato gnocchi
Gnocchi is one of my favorite pasta dishes. This recipe from Salt & Wind is one that’s both savory and sweet. The sweet comes from the sweet potato gnocchi, and the savory comes from the brown butter, balsamic vinegar, and sage. No time to make gnocchi from scratch? No problem. Pick up some pre-made or frozen gnocchi, and just prepare the sauce from this recipe.
5. Vegan veggie wraps
Give the vegetarians at your table some fun with these vegan veggie wraps. They are a perfect blend of flavorful roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes wrapped up in a pillowy soft flatbread with a silky sauce. Plus they are super cute and easy to prep and serve. You can substitute any roasted root vegetable for the sweet potato.
6. Brussels sprouts and root vegetables
Take the bitterness of Brussels sprouts, the heartiness of any root vegetable combination, the crunch of pecans, and the sweetness of cranberries and cinnamon. Put it all together and you get this masterpiece from Julia’s Album. Even though this one uses butternut squash, you could use any roasted root vegetable, or a combination of them for more variety.