52 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

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Here I’m sharing a ton of vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes to inspire you as you plan your Thanksgiving menu this year. From vegetarian mains to sides and desserts!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away!?! That means we 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 decorating for the holidays all weekend. So ready!

In the meantime I’ve been planning what to make for the big day, pinning like a madwoman and bookmarking some of my favorite healthy, vegetarian Thanksgiving finds.

From vegetarian mains to flavorful sides, celebratory drinks and desserts… I’ve got you covered with lots of ideas. Hopefully it will be a help 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.

Let’s get right to the delicious recipes – all 35 of them!!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Appetizers

All good Thanksgiving meals start with a few tasty hors d’oeuvres. These light bites will keep everyone from getting ravenous before the main event.

Sweet Potato Bites

4 from 6 votes
These baked sweet potato bites are topped with ricotta cheese, pecans, pomegranate, honey and fresh thyme. They're the perfect blend of sweet and savory and are a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love!
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Stuffed Dates

3.54 from 26 votes
These sweet and savory goat cheese stuffed dates topped with roasted pecans and fresh thyme are a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love.
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Plate with goat cheese stuffed dates, topped with chopped pecans and fresh thyme.

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

4 from 2 votes
Turn your Thanksgiving veggie tray into a turkey for a fun and healthy Thanksgiving app. 
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Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.

Everything Bagel Dip

3.26 from 55 votes
This three ingredient everything bagel dip is the perfect appetizer to serve with fresh veggies, chips or crackers. It only takes about 10 mins to whip up and it can easily be made vegan.
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Plate with veggies and pita chips. On the plate is a bowl of everything bagel dip and a pita chip is in the dip.

Almond Flour Crackers

4.38 from 113 votes
Homemade almond flour crackers with 4 simple ingredients: almond flour, water, ground flaxseed and sea salt. Rich, buttery, crunchy, gluten-free, vegan and perfect for dipping into hummus!
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Beet Hummus

4.15 from 7 votes
This bright and creamy beet hummus is made with roasted beet, chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. It's subtly sweet, full of flavor and super easy to whip up. Serve it as a healthy appetizer or snack with veggies, crackers or pita or use it as a sandwich spread.
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Creamy Hummus

3.52 from 25 votes
Here's how to make perfectly smooth and creamy hummus at home! It's super easy to whip up — no peeling of chickpeas required. Serve with fresh veggies and pita for a delicious appetizer or snack.
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Creamy hummus with olive and spices on top in a black serving bowl with celery and chopped veggies displayed around the bowl.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides

Vegetarians know that Thanksgiving is all about the sides… so why not do it up and make a ton of delicious, veggie-packed sides for the table!

Mashed Cauliflower

4.46 from 11 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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Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Sweet Cherries

4.5 from 4 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.

Cranberry Sauce

3.75 from 67 votes
Skip the canned version and make this healthy cranberry sauce instead! It's naturally sweetened and the perfect addition to your holiday menu. Plus, it comes together in under 20 minutes with just 5 simple ingredients!
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Vegan Mac and Cheese

4.19 from 11 votes
The best vegan mac and cheese made with cashews, potatoes and nutritional yeast! It’s easy to make, creamy, cheesy and so delicious. This comfort food classic turned plant-based is guaranteed to be a new family favorite.
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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

4.08 from 90 votes
This healthy sweet potato casserole is lower in sugar, dairy-free and made with a crunchy oatmeal pecan topping. Vegan + gluten-free.
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Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

4.38 from 8 votes
Easy classic sweet potato casserole made with only 6 ingredients. Topped with mini marshmallows and perfectly sweet, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
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Sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows.

Green Beans Almondine

4.25 from 8 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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Apple Cider Vinegar Brussels Sprouts

3.33 from 34 votes
These apple cider vinegar brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish for just about any occasion. You'll love the savory, sweet apple cider vinegar sauce that the sprouts are roasted in! 
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Roasted Root Vegetables

4.08 from 14 votes
These caramelized roasted root vegetables with sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips are such an easy and healthy side dish. Great for the holidays or everyday meals.
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Roasted root veggies on a baking stone, including chopped carrots, sweet potatoes, onions and parsnips.

Date Sweetened Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

5 from 1 vote
These brussels sprouts are smothered in a naturally sweetened balsamic glaze and roasted at a high temperature. They come out of the oven a golden brown color, caramelized to perfection with a few crunchy bits.
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Date sweetened balsamic glazed brussels sprouts in a decorative serving bowl.

Quinoa Stuffing

4.63 from 8 votes
This quinoa stuffing is loaded with butternut squash, mushrooms and herbs. It’s a healthy, savory gluten-free side dish to add to your Thanksgiving table.
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Bowl and wooden spoon with quinoa stuffing made with cranberries and butternut squash.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Soups

Want to start your Thanksgiving meal with a cozy soup? These fall-inspired soups are sure to satisfy.

Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup

4.47 from 13 votes
Comforting and filling vegan curried pumpkin soup made with coconut milk and cannellini beans. The beans give this pumpkin soup a nice, thick texture and add a little protein!
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Bowl of healthy vegan curried pumpkin soup topped with pumpkin seeds and spices.

Butternut Squash Soup

4.93 from 13 votes
This creamy butternut squash soup pairs butternut squash with coconut milk, carrots, fresh ginger and sage for delicious soup with a vibrant orange color.
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Bowl of butternut squash topped with sage, pepper and pumpkin seeds. Bread is beside the bowl.

Carrot Parsnip Soup

4.5 from 10 votes
This healthy carrot and parsnip soup is both earthy and (a tad) sweet in flavor. Not only is it delicious, but it packs a punch of protein from the quinoa, and is full of fiber, too! Vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Bowl of carrot parsnip soup topped with green onion and cheese.

Sweet Potato Soup

3.56 from 27 votes
This vegan sweet potato soup combines sweet potatoes, fresh ginger, spices and coconut milk for a velvety smooth soup that is loaded with flavor. It's so rich and creamy you won’t even miss the dairy!
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Salads

I personally love having something green on the table during our Thanksgiving meal and all of these salads are family-approved. I make the kale and brussels sprout salad every year!

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

3.55 from 24 votes
This vibrant roasted butternut squash salad features kale, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts in an easy balsamic dressing.
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Oval serving tray with kale and butternut salad. Wood salad tongs are beside the plate.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

3.83 from 40 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.

Fig Salad

4 from 3 votes
An easy fig salad with arugula, chopped apples, dried cranberries, pecans and goat cheese topped with a delicious balsamic dressing. Perfect as a light lunch, side salad or topped with protein for a meal sized salad.
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Harvest Fall Salad

3.88 from 8 votes
This cozy fall salad combines baby kale, roasted kabocha squash, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta all tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing.
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Vegan Broccoli Salad

4.45 from 9 votes
Vegan broccoli salad with a rich and creamy cashew dressing instead of mayo. This salad is crunchy, sweet and absolutely delicious, perfect for summer parties.
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Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

4.63 from 8 votes
A crunchy brussels sprouts chopped salad with hard boiled eggs, creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, crisp toasted walnuts and a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing.
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Healthy chopped Brussels sprout salad with feta, walnuts, cranberries, and egg.

Farro Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

3.85 from 45 votes
This amazing farro salad features cannellini beans, fresh mozzarella, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes all tossed in a bright and delicious basil vinaigrette!
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Farro salad with arugula, beans, tomatoes and mozzarella in a serving bowl.

Green Bean Salad

3.78 from 22 votes
This light and refreshing green bean salad combines fresh green beans, dried cranberries, toasted nuts and fried shallots all tossed in an apple cider vinegar dressing. It comes together quickly and is such a tasty side dish!
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Easy Quinoa Salad

4.34 from 128 votes
This easy quinoa salad is packed with spinach, tomatoes, red onion, avocado and feta with a simple lemon dressing. It’s the perfect healthy side dish!
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Bowl of quinoa salad with feta, spinach and tomatoes.

Thanksgiving Breads and Spreads

You can’t go wrong with fresh baked bread to round out your Thanksgiving meal. I love making a sweet cornbread or enjoying my mother-in-law’s fresh sourdough.

Vegan Cornbread

3.71 from 17 votes
This vegan cornbread is fluffy, moist and has just the right amount of sweetness. It comes together quickly and is the perfect comforting side to a big bowl of soup or chili.
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Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

4.5 from 12 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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How to Make Sourdough Bread

2.87 from 37 votes
A beginner's guide to making artisan sourdough bread at home! This simple, no-knead recipe is easy to make with your sourdough starter. Just let the dough rise overnight and bake in the morning!
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Healthy Apple Butter

4.59 from 24 votes
This healthy homemade apple butter is made in the slow cooker without any added sugar. Enjoy as a spread on toast or stir into a warm bowl of oatmeal.
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10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

4.67 from 15 votes
A quick pumpkin butter recipe made in the microwave or on the stove top. Only 8 ingredients and a perfect spread for fall! Vegan + Gluten-Free.
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Mains

Move over Turkey! Here are some ideas for a vegetarian main dish that will look amazing as a centerpiece on your holiday table. All of these options are delish, but my top pick would be the lentil loaf!

Vegan Lentil Loaf

4.34 from 131 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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Easy Marinated Tempeh

5 from 1 vote
The best easy and tasty tempeh recipe. The balsamic maple marinade is also used for the glaze and it’s absolutely delicious.
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Maple balsamic tempeh sautéd in a pan.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

4.58 from 92 votes
Make a healthy baked eggplant parmesan with crispy almond flour-coated eggplant slices that are baked – no frying or bread crumbs needed!
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

4.41 from 10 votes
These sweet potato quinoa cakes are made with wild rice and studded with dried cranberries. They are great for meal prep and taste delicious served hot or cold.
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Sweet potato quinoa cakes on a wire rack.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie – Saucy mushrooms, carrots, and peas topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Real food meets comfort food!
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Desserts

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is the desserts and I have so many good dessert recipes to choose from!

Healthy Apple Crisp

4.5 from 54 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

3.73 from 22 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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Pecan Pie Brownies

3.92 from 45 votes
Combine two amazing desserts into one with these fudgy pecan pie brownies! They’re made with almond flour so they’re gluten-free, grain-free and absolutely delicious.
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Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

4.69 from 16 votes
This easy and healthy sweet potato pie is made with coconut sugar, coconut cream and fresh sweet potatoes. It’s dairy-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free as well.
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Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

3.42 from 12 votes
Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient!
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Vegan Tofu Pumpkin Pie

4.43 from 26 votes
For this delicious vegan pumpkin pie, silken tofu replaces the eggs and dairy and the filling is put into a flavorful and nutty oatmeal pecan crust.
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Healthy Apple Crumble Bars

4.18 from 29 votes
These healthy apple crumble bars are vegan, gluten-free, and made with wholesome ingredients and fresh apples. You’ll love the cinnamon apple filling paired with the oatmeal crumble crust and topping!
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Baked Apples

3.6 from 42 votes
These cozy baked apples are filled with a buttery cinnamon sugar oat crumble and super easy to make. Enjoy warm with ice cream and a drizzle of date caramel sauce for the ultimate fall dessert!
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Thanksgiving Cocktails

These Festive drinks are perfect to sip while enjoying apps and mingling with family.

Mulled Wine

4.67 from 3 votes
A simple recipe for mulled wine that is loaded with notes of citrus and warming spices and can be made in your slow cooker or on the stove top. It's cozy, festive and perfect for the holiday season!
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Apple Cider Mimosas

4.75 from 4 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.

Vodka Cranberry

3.95 from 39 votes
A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.
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Two glasses filled with vodka cranberry over ice. Each has been topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.

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Green Bean Casserole (& More Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes)

5 from 1 vote
Vegetarian green bean casserole made with a creamy mushroom cashew sauce and homemade crispy baked onions.
A wooden spoon scooping green bean casserole out of a glass baking dish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 58 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Crispy Baked Onions

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs, gluten-free, if needed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Green Beans and Sauce

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 24 oz fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
  • 2 Tablespoons vegan butter
  • 12 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium tamari, or soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add ½ cup cashews to a bowl with water for soaking. Let soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 475°F.
  • Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 25 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.
  • While the onions are cooking, prepare your green bean mixture.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside in large bowl.
  • Drain cashews and add to a blender with almond milk. Blend until smooth and creamy and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and tamari, simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the cashew cream. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and pour sauce into a large bowl with the green beans and ½ cup of the crispy baked onions. Place green bean mixture into a 8×8 baking dish and top with the remaining crispy baked onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly and warm throughout, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

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Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 213kcal Carbohydrates: 26g Protein: 9g Fat: 10g Sodium: 690mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 7g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy green bean casserole

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    10 comments
    1. Beck & Bulow
      November 13, 2021 AT 11:06 am

      5 stars
      I can’t wait to make this! This will be my first turkey and I’m a little nervous. What should I use instead of black truffle salt, kosher or table salt? Would it be the same amount?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2021 AT 3:41 pm

        Any salt will be just fine! And yes, the same amount.:)

    2. 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.

    3. 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!

    4. 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

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

      Thank you so much

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