Hearty vegetarian Thanksgiving offerings

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks? Growing up, I always loved the family and togetherness aspect of Thanksgiving. Gathering around, spending all day together, eating a meal and playing family games together.

But honestly, I love the food now more than I did a turkey growing up eating meat. Now that I”m an adult and know there is more for a vegetarian main dish beyond a fake meat patty, Thanksgiving dinner has gotten much better.

Still not sure what I will make as my main vegetarian offering, these are at the top of my list, hearty enough to serve as a vegetarian main, or great as a side for the turkey-lover at the table.

Rice-stuffed acorn squash from Chow.com

Rice-stuffed acorn squash from Chow.com

I’ve made this amazing acorn squash with a wild rice stuffing. And really any stuffed squash would work, including this nut-stuffed delicata squash or eggplant stuffed with walnuts and tomatoes.

Quinoa and squash pie from Eating Well

Quinoa and squash pie from Eating Well

Or what about a great quinoa and squash casserole or (what I am leaning toward making) a savory butternut squash tart.

Mushroom roll

Mushroom roll

If you want something different from squash, something with carbs(!), a stuffed mushroom roll might hit the spot. Or a potato, onion and cheese tart. Or a portobello Wellington. And you can’t go wrong with (and it’s totally worth the effort) a stuffed seitan loaf.

Whatever you pick, it’s really about the people you spend it with. What will you serve your meat-free guests?

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