23 of the Best Vegetarian Sides & Mains to Serve this Thanksgiving

Whether you’re vegetarian or you’re hosting a meat-free guest for Thanksgiving, these 23 Vegetarian Sides & Mains are the best of the best healthy recipes that will make your holiday meal complete.

23 of the Best Vegetarian Sides & Mains to Serve on Thanksgiving - whether you're vegetarian or you're hosting a meat-free guest for Thanksgiving, these are the best of the best healthy recipes that will make your holiday meal complete.

Ahh, can you believe we’re already planning our Thanksgiving meals? I feel like this year has just flown by and I’m in total denial that Christmas shopping should be happening now.

Halloween decorations came down yesterday, and they totally did not get enough facetime this year. I swear, next year I’m putting Halloween up in early September so I can enjoy it longer.

But that holiday came and went and now we’re ready to get everything planned for my absolute favorite holiday of the year. Thanksgiving!

First of all, I just love the family togetherness that comes with Thanksgiving. Everyone is feeling extra grateful. Everyone’s having great conversation. It’s just a wonderful time of the year.

But secondly (and almost a tie for most important) is the food! I love Thanksgiving dinner.

I bet that sounds awfully strange coming from a vegetarian, right? Well what do you even eat?  Oh come on, as if you don’t already know that the sides are the best part of the dinner anyway. Give me mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, salads, and ALL.THE.PIE any day! This girl isn’t missing anything by not eating turkey! I can promise you that.

I know everyone in my family worries when it comes to Thanksgiving. Even though they see my plate piled high with all the sides, they still feel the need to ask, “did you find enough things you can eat?” Uh, really? You see this mound I’m trying hard to balance on my plate? Yeah, I think I got it.

But one thing that I do love is trying new vegetarian recipes that take my Thanksgiving meal to the next level.

And that is why I gathered a bunch of my ridiculously talented foodie buddies to help me compile the ultimate list of the vegetarian main dishes and sides to serve on Thanksgiving.

I cannot tell you how thrilled I would be to show up to dinner with any one of these dishes served up. They’re harvesty. They’re unique. They fit with the meal.

I hope you get the inspiration to try a new recipe from this list to wow your family, your vegetarian guest, or just yourself this year.

And if you make any of these recipes, be sure to snap a picture, upload it to Instagram and tag me (@happyfoodholly) and use the hashtag #inspiredbyholly

This quick and easy dinner comes together in no time and is perfect for any night you want to go meatless

Cheesy Comforting Vegetarian Stromboli

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Ginger Lime Brussels Sprouts

Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf - this is some serious comfort food that's actually good for you! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf

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Portobello Mushroom Kale & Spinach Puree for Macaroni & Cheese

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast - a super comforting meal that is prepared while you're busy taking care of the things you want to. And it'll taste like you've slaved in the kitchen all day. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Roast

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Roasted Red Pepper Macaroni & Cheese

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Vanilla Scented Sweet Potato Casserole with Toasted Hazelnut Streusel Topping

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Dark Cherry Sauce

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Ginger Miso Acorn Squash with Toasted Pistachios

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

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Amazing Vegan Gravy

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