Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is less than a week away!?! That means I have about two weeks to shop for Hanukkah gifts and a little over a month for Christmas. Gah! How did this happen so quickly? I’m baffled, but truth be told I’m also super excited. I LOVE the holidays and I’m totally ready to spend Thanksgiving day with family eating lots of delicious things and then decorate for the holidays all weekend. So ready!

In the meantime I’ve been planning what to make for the big day, pinning like a mad woman and bookmarking some of my favorite healthy, gluten-free + vegetarian Thanksgiving finds. This post is a round-up of those. From vegetarian mains to flavorful sides, celebratory drinks and desserts… I’ve got you covered with lots of ideas. Hopefully it will be a helpful for all of you who are making your Thanksgiving meal plan and shopping this weekend. I’m quite certain something in this post will strike your fancy.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING RECIPES // Gluten-free + Vegetarian

Let’s get right to the delicious recipes — all 33 of them!!

Vegan Lentil Loaf

4.42 from 112 votes
This hearty vegan lentil loaf is packed with flavor, loaded with plant-based protein and makes for a delicious vegetarian entree for a holiday meal.
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An overhead shot of a cutting board with a partially sliced lentil loaf on parchment paper. A knife lays on the cutting board perpendicular to the loaf.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

4.08 from 26 votes
This kale and Brussels sprout salad is filled with shredded kale and sprouts, cranberries, marinated onions, almonds and pecorino cheese. It’s sure to be a family favorite!
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Kale and brussels sprout salad in a bowl with serving spoons.

Mashed Cauliflower

4.8 from 5 votes
Swap potatoes for cauliflower with this healthy mashed cauliflower recipe! It's the perfect side dish and comes together quickly with only 6 ingredients. It's just as creamy and delicious as mashed potatoes, but has half the calories and one-third of the carbs.
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A bowl of mashed cauliflower topped with chives. A serving spoon rests inside the bowl.

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

4.34 from 9 votes
These pumpkin cornbread muffins are slightly sweet and moist from the pumpkin! They're the perfect side to a big bowl of cozy soup or chili. Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free and made with whole grains. 
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Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffin sliced and laying on a muffin liner and spread with ghee.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Sweet Cherries

4.34 from 3 votes
Your family will love this healthy wild rice stuffing with butternut squash and sweet cherries. Dried sweet cherries and roasted butternut squash add a hint of sweetness to this savory wild rice stuffing. Vegan + Gluten-free. 
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Bowl of wild rice stuffing with butternut squash and sweet cherries topped with thyme.

Green Beans Almondine

4.34 from 6 votes
This recipe for green beans almondine combines tender crisp green beans with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley. It's a delicious side dish simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but fancy enough for a holiday meal!
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An overhead photo of a serving dish holding green beans almondine. A serving fork and spoon lay across the green beans..

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

4.77 from 13 votes
Healthy green bean casserole made with a creamy mushroom cashew sauce and homemade crispy baked onions.
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A wooden spoon scooping green bean casserole out of a glass baking dish.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

4.69 from 22 votes
You (and your family) will love this healthy sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. It’s lighter in sugar, absolutely delicious, vegan and gluten-free!
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Overhead shot of a white baking dish with sweet potato casserole with a gold spoon scooping out a portion.


Healthy Apple Crisp

4.48 from 48 votes
This healthy apple crisp is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and features a crunchy oatmeal topping. This recipe is sure to be a fall family favorite!
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Round dish with an apple crisp topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Two serving spoons are in the crisp.

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

3.69 from 16 votes
These decadent no bake pumpkin pie bars pair a crunchy granola crust with a creamy, thick pumpkin filling with coconut oil and cashew butter. Vegan & gluten-free.
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Pumpkin pie bar with a bite taken out of it on a white plate.


Apple Cider Mimosas

4.67 from 3 votes
These tasty apple cider mimosas are made with just two simple ingredients: apple cider and sparkling wine. They are bubbly, festive and perfect for the holiday season.
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Two tall glasses of apple cider mimosas with a cinnamon sugar rim and an apple slice for garnish.

Question for you — What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? I’d love to know!

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    1. Ruth
      November 24, 2015 AT 11:04 am

      This is such a great round up! The worst part is choosing what to serve… thanks for making it harder 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 24, 2015 AT 6:19 pm

        Oops! 😉 I hope you find some good recipes to try.

    2. Chrissa – Physical Kitchness
      November 23, 2015 AT 9:56 am

      Holy bologna I want all of these dishes/drinks on my table. I’ve seen a few of these floating around “that internet thing” (as my dad calls it) but not ALL of these beautiful yummies! Great round up!

    3. rae tashman (@lovefromberlin)
      November 22, 2015 AT 8:55 am

      Thanks for this incredible roundup of gluten-free and vegetarian recipes!

      RAe | Love from Berlin

    4. CCTV
      November 22, 2015 AT 4:48 am

      Thank you so much

    5. Amie Cuellar
      November 21, 2015 AT 4:39 pm

      Thank you for ALL the AMAZING recipes you post, especially this recent post about healthy, vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes! As a vegetarian it is difficult during this time of year, so thank you!

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