12 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving
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Turkey is the center of any traditional Thanksgiving table – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a new, vegan “Thanksliving” tradition with your family and friends.

Across the nation, more people than ever before are choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving without the turkey. In fact, old-school vegan brand Tofurky says it is on track to sell its 5 millionth Vegan Holiday Roast this year. Several other brands, like Field Roast, Gardein, and even Trader Joe’s make vegan turkey roasts that are perfect centerpiece for the holiday table.

There are also plenty of creative recipes for those who want to try their hand at making a plant-based Thanksgiving entree, ranging from homemade vegan turkey to veggie-packed sweet potato lasagna, meatless wellingtons, veggie loafs, and more. If you need holiday inspo, look no further.

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12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren’t Meat

1. Pecan and Mushroom Wellington12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This meatless main is a centerpiece worth of any vegan Thanksgiving table. Mushrooms are sauteed with onions, garlic, and thyme and then blended together with raw pecans to provide a savory, meaty flavor and texture. The mixture is then wrapped in dairy-free puff pastry arranged in an eye-catching cross-hatch pattern and then baked until golden and crispy. Serve with mushroom gravy and a side of cranberry sauce.

Get the recipe here.

2. Sweet Potato and Lentil Shepherd’s Pie 12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Full of flavor, yet easy to make. This vegan sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe layer of creamy sweet potato puree topped with crunchy breadcrumbs tops a savory filling of lentils, mushrooms, and fall herbs like thyme,  rosemary, and sage. An optional splash of vegan red wine provides an even richer flavor.

Get the recipe here.

3. Stuffed Acorn Squash12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This sweet and savory stuffed acorn squash is the perfect vegan Thanksgiving centerpiece. Roasting acorn squash brings out its sweet, nutty flavor that’s perfectly complemented by a stuffing of quinoa, roasted apples, mushrooms, tart cranberries, and fall spices.

Get the recipe here.

4. Cranberry Maple Lentil Loaf12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This gluten-free vegan holiday main will delight all palates. Lentils, fresh cranberries, chopped nuts, and a blend of veggies are baked into a delicious, healthy meatless Thanksgiving dish. A glaze made from a blend of pure maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard makes it all the more flavorful.

Get the recipe here.

5. Cauliflower Pot Roast12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Cauliflower takes center stage in this festive vegan holiday centerpiece. A whole head of spiced cauliflower is roasted with seasonal and colorful root veggies, then topped with a savory mushroom gravy. This dish will make anyone fall in love with vegetables.

Get the recipe here.

6. The Vegducken12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Meet the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving dish — “The Vegducken.” Whole butternut squash is stuffed with roasted zucchini, eggplant, and a plant-based stuffing made from lentils, chickpeas, and mushrooms. The perfect dish for those who love to impress.

Get the recipe here.

7. Kale Almond Butternut Squash Pie12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Butternut squash, earthy kale, and crunchy almonds fill this delicious vegan pie that’s made with just six ingredients. The homemade, dairy-free pastry crust melts in your mouth and comes together easily in a food processor. Serve this hearty pie with a side of vegan gravy and cranberry sauce.

Get the recipe here.

8. Sweet Potato Lasagna12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This veggie-packed fall lasagna adds the perfect seasonal touch to your vegan Thanksgiving spread. Filled with layers of sweet potato, broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, tofu “ricotta,” and topped with cheesy cashew crumble, this stunning dish is as healthy as it is delicious.

Get the recipe here.

9. Vegan Turkey12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Vegan Thanksgiving isn’t just about veggies – you can have turkey, too thanks to this meat-free stuffed seitan roast. This vegan turkey recipe is made to taste like the real thing, right down to the crispy skin. No one will miss the bird with this on the table.

Get the recipe here.

10. Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash With Cranberries and Kale12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This quinoa stuffed butternut squash is delicious and colorful Thanksgiving main made without meat. Halved butternut squash is baked until caramelized around the end and then stuffed with sauteed quinoa, cranberries, and kale. Heat it in the oven for just 10 minutes before serving to warm through and enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

11. Mushroom Bourguignon 12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

Sometimes, you don’t need a whole feast and this mushroom bourguignon makes a great vegan Thanksgiving meal for two. Meaty porcini mushrooms replace beef in this hearty plant-based stew where dry red wine is used to create a full-bodied flavor.

Get the recipe here.

12. Chickpea Veggie Loaf12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat

This vegan meatloaf is nut-free, soy-free, meat-free, and packed sweet and savory with holiday flavor. The “meat” is made from a blend of chickpeas and cannellini beans blended with onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a pinch of dried cranberries, then topped with a smoky BBQ sauce. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce, salad, and stuffing.

Get the recipe here.

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12 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving
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These 12 vegan recipes show that it's easy to celebrate a delicious, Thanksgiving with meat-free mains and entrees instead of turkey.
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