Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Skipping the turkey? No problem. Fill up on these delicious vegetarian dishes from Food Network and you won't even be thinking about the bird.

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Creamed Spinach

Sunny adds Parmesan cheese to her creamed spinach for a kick of salt and nutty flavor. Using frozen spinach is a great money-saver—one container is equal to about four bags of fresh spinach.  

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Sweet Potato Casserole

A Thanksgiving spread simply isn't complete without sweet potatoes in some shape or form. If you're looking for a way to work this autumn staple into your holiday meal, why not keep things simple with a classic sweet potato casserole? The combination of brown sugar, butter and fall spices is sure to make this recipe a mainstay year after year.

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Spice-Roasted Cauliflower and Jerusalem Artichokes

Cauliflower florets and diced Jerusalmen artichokes are seasoned with cumin and cayenne, then roasted until brown and tender in this fragrant vegetarian side.

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey

Make meal preparation a breeze by roasting the bananas and sweet potatoes ahead of time. On Thanksgiving day, whip the ingredients together with butter and honey, top with Tyler's brown sugar-pecan crumble and heat it up in the oven just before serving.

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Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes

For a twist on classic mashed potatoes, Tyler adds fibrous parsnips to the mix.

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Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Ellie makes a lighter vegetarian version of green bean casserole by using low-fat milk for creaminess and plenty of thyme and parsley for earthy flavor.

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Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Bobby's four-ingredient scalloped potatoes are as simple as they are satisfying. A heaping tablespoon of chipotle pepper puree lends the dish a balanced, smoky-sweet flavor.

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Spinach Gratin

The secret to Ina's gratin is 3 pounds of frozen spinach, which is broken up into the creamy base until it absorbs all of the wonderful sauce. After spooning it into a baking dish, top it with more cheese before baking.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

These potatoes still taste buttery and rich but are much lighter than the full-fat version. They're made with a small amount of butter and reduced-fat cream cheese.

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Southern Cornbread

The Thanksgiving bread basket isn't complete without a few hearty slices of southern-style cornbread. Cornmeal adds great, gritty texture while the buttermilk keeps the slices perfectly moist.

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Sweet Corn Bread Pudding

Alton's dish improves with time, so you can make it earlier in the day and then reheat it when your guests arrive.

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

Make the most of the fall harvest by including butternut squash in your Thanksgiving spread. Roasting the squash with brown sugar and butter in the oven creates a toasted, caramelized flavor.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their nutty flavor. Coat them in olive oil and red pepper flakes, then drizzle with white wine vinegar and honey for a simple yet satisfying side.

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Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Even if you're not serving a turkey, you can still make this citrusy-sweet cranberry sauce that enhances the flavor of nearly everything.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

Giada's surprisingly easy homemade gnocchi is an irresistible Italian twist on the classic sweet potato side dish.

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Portobello Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Apples and Pumpkin Seeds

This salad combines all of your favorite fall ingredients: roasted squash and mushrooms, tart apples and pumpkin seeds.

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Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Giada combines fluffy quinoa and roasted eggplant, then tops the salad with cranberries, walnuts and thinly sliced apple, and tosses it all in her homemade cumin vinaigrette.  

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Wild-Mushroom Bread Pudding

Guests won't be able to resist diving into Tyler's savory bread pudding for seconds and thirds: The creamy egg custard isn't complete until you pile the bowl with toasted bread chunks, sauteed mushrooms and rosemary. 

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Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Giada's vegetable medley transforms ordinary root vegetables into a celebration of fall flavor. Roast the ingredients on an oiled baking sheet and season generously with dried herbs. 

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Dinner Spanakopitas

Switch up your Thanksgiving menu this year and try this classic Greek dish — delicate phyllo triangles stuffed with spinach, feta and toasted pine nuts — that boasts plenty of earthy, autumnal flavor.  

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Cauliflower Gratin

Ina whips up a creamy bechamel sauce as the base for her indulgent gratin before adding nutty Gruyère and Parmesan. For a golden crumb topping, combine breadcrumbs and the remaining Gruyère and drizzle with melted butter. 

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Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Make-ahead soups are just the thing to shorten your to-do list on Thanksgiving Day. Ina's creamy concoction comes together with the help of three different types of mushroom: portobello, shiitake and cremini. Brighten the flavor with stems of fresh parsley. 

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Veggie Pot Pie with Cornmeal Pie Crust

Build these individual pot pies with fall vegetables like celery, yams and potatoes. Don't worry about rolling out perfectly round pie crusts — your guests will appreciate the rustic, homemade touch. 

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Kale and Cauliflower Casserole

Slow-cooked kale adds vibrant green color to this ample vegetarian casserole. Mash together red potatoes, Parmesan and sour cream for a creamy top layer.

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Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Cumin, lemon juice and cilantro invigorate Brussels sprouts' mellow flavor in this simple, refreshing side dish.

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Creamed Pearl Onions

Tyler's creamy side dish is super satisfying and great in a pinch: it only requires four ingredients and one minute of prep work. Using frozen thawed onions will save on time.

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Roasted Beets

Ina dresses tender roasted beets in a sweet-tangy dressing made of raspberry vinegar and orange juice.

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Glazed Carrots

Damaris's eye-pleasing carrot dish gets its warm, sweet notes from honey and bright flavor from fresh chopped parsley. For spice, she uses togarashi, chile pepper spice blend available in specialty markets and some supermarkets—although cayenne works just as well.

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Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots

The caramelized shallots add a subtle sweetness to kale's mild peppery flavor. Bobby's quick, creamy sauce holds it all together.

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Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage

To build this decadent side dish, Bobby layers sauteed onions and sage on top of thinly-sliced Idaho potatoes and then coats it all in heavy cream, repeating the process until there are twelve heaping layers. 

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Yse a few vegan-friendly stand-ins for this can't-believe-it's-vegan pie. Unrefined coconut oil provides a flaky, buttery texture for the crust, and silken tofu lends creaminess to the filling.

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Deep-Dish Vegan Apple Pie

Extra-virgin coconut oil is a great substitute for butter in both the pie dough and the apple filling to make this all-American fruit pie vegan-friendly. We use a mix of apples for the filling: The Golden Delicious keep their shape and are a nice contrast to the soft McIntoshes, and the Granny Smiths give a nice tartness.

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Vegan Pie Dough

Unrefined virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil gives this pie dough the same flakiness that butter does. Plus, it's more forgiving to work with: You don't have to worry about it getting too soft or melting while you're rolling out your crust.

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Vegan Stuffing

All the usual suspects are here (minus the butter and eggs) to recreate the comforting flavors of traditional stuffing. Although green tea may seem like an oddball ingredient, the earthy flavor makes it a better replacement for chicken stock than vegetable stock, which can be too sweet and high in sodium.

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Nutritional yeast, which is grown on molasses and then dried out, adds a nutty cheesiness (plus an extra helping of vitamin B12) to these bubbly spuds. Silken tofu and tender new potatoes add creaminess without dairy and browned onions give the dish a deep savoriness.

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Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Even meat eaters will want a piece of these impressive, high-fiber veggies. The Dijon mustard concentrates in flavor as it roasts, resulting in a powerful punch of umami. Prep and brush your cauliflower ahead of time, then let them sit at room temperature until you're ready to cook.

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Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash

This impressive autumn-inspired dish can be served as a main course for vegan and vegetarian eaters or can be enjoyed by everyone at the table as a side dish. The small amount of curry powder gives the squash a nice warmth and depth.

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Vegan Gravy

Umami is the Japanese name for savoriness, an essential characteristic of foods, like sweetness or saltiness. This gravy features vegetables that are high in glutamate, an amino acid that plays an important part in umami. Give them a quick char before simmering them down to a rich, flavorful stock used for gravy.

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Vegetarian Gravy

This vegetarian-friendly gravy uses ingredients high in umami. Shiitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and more flavorful vegetables give it a taste even meat eaters will enjoy.

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Classic Candied Yams

With just the right amount of sweetness and spice, these sweet potatoes are cooked on the stovetop until they are tender, freeing up valuable oven space at your holiday meal.

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Spaghetti Squash and Potato Gratin

This recipe takes creamy potato gratin to a new level. By pairing it with spaghetti squash, you're adding amazing texture and great flavor to this traditional dish — plus finding yet another reason to buy spaghetti squash!

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Mock Mashed Potatoes

This creamy, garlicky mash is made from cauliflower instead of potatoes. We use garlic and thyme for depth and nonfat Greek yogurt and a little Parmesan for dairy richness and tang.

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