Vegetarian Thanksgiving. Seems contradictory doesn’t it? Thanksgiving = turkey which is most definitely not vegetarian. For the past few years, Brian has been coming home with me for traditional Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house and we’ve had to get creative a couple times to bring a dish that he can eat. I like to keep within the traditional Thanksgiving flavors of the midwest, so I thought I’d round up some of my favorite things we’ve made in case you’re facing a similar dilemma!
This gravy is AMAZING. Definitely just as good as regular gravy. Since mashed potatoes are already veggie-friendly, all you need to complete this Thanksgiving side is gravy. It might seem a little strange since you need to steep dried mushrooms in vegetable broth (the inspiration for our vegetarian French onion soup!) but it’s worth it for the savory umami flavor that it instills in this gravy.
We made this galette last year and it was a big hit! My mom really loved it and my uncle too! The roasted veggies keep this very fall feeling and if you didn’t want to make the dough, you could make this even easier by using pre-made puff pastry. If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving though, make sure there’s room in your host’s oven to heat this up before serving!
If you haven’t gotten your fill of mushrooms yet, this is another easy dish to make, that’s similar to the roasted veggie one above.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
My aunt calls Brussel sprouts nature’s candy and she may be right! Roasted brussel sprouts are so easy and delicious and even the kiddies will eat them! Make them extra tasty by tossing them in lemon or another flavored oil, salt, and pepper. (My mom LOVES the flavored oils from O & Co.) Roast at 425˙ for 45 min.
Bri actually really hates stuffing but it’s easy to make vegetarian too!
This has become my aunt’s specialty! She actually makes it for every holiday now – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Make it with cream of mushroom soup instead of chicken and it’s vegetarian!
This classic Thanksgiving side is so easy to make vegetarian! Just use cream of mushroom soup instead of any meat-based soup you may use.
Who doesn’t love the refreshing cranberry side? Instead of opening a can and having the weird jelly (my friend calls this “Can” since it always retains the shape of it’s container), make it fresh with cranberries and orange! Just pop cranberries, orange slices, and sugar to your taste into your food processor!