Ten vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving dinner

Ten vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving dinner

Local cloaked vegetables are photographed at Dennis Fitz Produce inside York Central Market House on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

(WHTM) – Whether you’re a vegetarian, someone in your family doesn’t eat meat, or you just want to try something meat-free for Thanksgiving dinner, there are plenty of vegetarian options for the special meal.

Mac and cheese

This is a comfort food classic that is loved by many and will likely attract many non-vegetarian members to your Thanksgiving meal. It’s also relatively easy to make and can serve as a main dish or side dish. If you want to make the dish a little more complicated than traditional macaroni and cheese, opt for this baked macaroni and cheese recipe.


Tofu isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a favorite meat substitute for some vegetarians. Tofurky is a good choice for a meatless Thanksgiving main course. It’s made primarily of tofu and has a stuffing center just like regular turkey. It has a texture similar to that of meat and can be found in most grocery stores like regular turkey.

Mashed potatoes

This is a staple Thanksgiving aspect that vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike enjoy. Consider adding a dollop of mashed potatoes to your holiday meal so everyone can customize their own toppings.


Brussels sprouts don’t have to be a bland, scary vegetable. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half, place them in a frying pan, drizzle with cooking oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until crispy. They will explode with flavor if you cook them this way.


Another classic side. Serve the corn any way you like, on the cob or cut into pieces.

vegetarian Lasagna

This may not be traditional Thanksgiving food, but it will fill your guests. The saucy, cheesy goodness will leave your vegetarian guests satisfied.


The weather is starting to get colder and nothing happens on a freezing night like a bowl of soup. The options are endless for meatless soups. You can also have a soup buffet to sample soup. Some good vegetarian options perfect for Thanksgiving include pumpkin soup, mushroom soup, tomato soup, butternut squash, and corn chowder. Add some French bread for dipping and you and your guest are good to go.

Paneer tikka masala

This is very non-traditional for Thanksgiving but perfect if you’re looking for something unique and filling. If you’re not familiar with this Indian dish, it’s a hard cheese, paneer, with rice tossed in tikka sauce. It’s quick and fairly easy to make and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like with your spices.

scalloped potatoes

This delicious and creamy side dish is a great addition to any Thanksgiving dinner. It can also be adapted to become vegetarian.


Vegetarians can enjoy the classic pumpkin and apple pies served after Thanksgiving dinner, but keep in mind for vegetarian guests that most store-bought crusts are not vegan. Consider making your own vegan crust for a fun cooking challenge.

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