What Do Vegetarians Eat on Thanksgiving? 12 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes to Choose From

Wondering what vegetarians eat on Thanksgiving? Is it hard to imagine Turkey Day without turkey, or gravy, or butter? These dietitian nutritionists are here to inspire you with their plant-based autumn recipes.

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Appetizer: Cranberry Jalapeno Hummus

thanksgivingvia sharonpalmer.comCranberries pack a potent nutrient punch—and they're traditional! Sharon Palmer, aka the Plant Powered Dietitian, recommends this tasty appetizer. Tartness and sweetness from the cranberries, mated with spicy jalapeño, results in a healthy dipper for your vegetable crudités or crackers. Fiber-packed, compliments of the chickpeas, and full of healthy fats from tahini and olive oil. Winner!

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Appetizer: Turkey Veggie Plate

thanksgivingvia amydgorin.comGet the kids involved with this adorable fresh veggie tray in the shape of a turkey. What could be cuter? Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, states that her family aims to have healthy appetizers on Turkey Day. "A couple of years ago, we started the tradition of making a turkey out of vegetables. This allows vegetarian me to get a turkey on Thanksgiving—and allows our guest to fill up on fiber-rich vegetables, shares Gorin. Here are some other veggie platter ideas.

Appetizer: Crispy Potatoes with Pumpkin Hummus

thanksgivingvia chefcatherinebrown.comGoing veggie means you can indulge in a few more taters, especially if they're pumped up with some health benefit-loaded pumpkin. This elegant, simple and healthy hors d'oeuvre comes courtesy of chef Catherine Brown, CDM/CFPP: Crispy slabs of roasted potatoes make the perfect plate for vibrant pumpkin hummus drizzled with brown butter sage. Hummus with a pumpkin twist is innovative and nutritious.

Side: Oat Cranberry Pilaf

thanksgivingvia sharonpalmer.comFor a whole grain unique combo with tart cranberries, try this cranberry oat pilaf with pistachios from Sharon Palmer. Not only is this side dish vegan, it's rich in fiber and healthy fats, with a burst of holiday flavor from the cranberry.

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Side: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

thanksgivingvia drjennbowersnutrition.wordpress.comHow about a fresh cranberry sauce ready in a matter of minutes? Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD created a traditional side with fresh cranberries, fresh mint, and fresh tangerines. Best part—fresh seasonal cranberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants.

Side: Vegan Autumn Salad

thanksgivingvia chefcatherinebrown.comOne of the most versatile, elegant and delicious autumn salads you've ever tasted, and it features figs, a food notorious for it's libido-boosting powers. No fresh figs on hand? No problem! Grilled apples, pears or persimmons work just as well. You'll find this amazing recipe by Chef Catherine Brown on her website. Figs provide a fun twist to this salad with a boost of potassium, as well.

Main Event: Mushroom Spinach Tofu Pie

thanksgivingvia sharonpalmer.comIf the turkey isn't the star of the table, what does a vegetarian serve as the main dish? Hearty mushrooms combined with creamy tofu and vitamin-rich spinach are your answer. A vegan fancy quiche-like pie from Sharon Palmer will satisfy your family as a protein-filled main event.

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Main Event: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sage Lentils

thanksgivingvia sharonpalmer.comOne of fall's main cancer-fighting foods, squash is in season. Sharon Palmer created this stylish presentation of vitamin A rich acorn squash stuffed with freekeh, an ancient grain, and lentils, a super-high protein pulse. Balanced enough for a complete meal, yet beautiful for a special Thanksgiving entrée.

Dessert: Hemp Pecan Pie

thanksgivingvia karalydon.comIf you haven't experimented with hemp in your recipes, this is the perfect dessert for your holiday table. Traditional pecan pie meets its dairy and gluten-free cousin, without gloopy corn syrup. Sweetness comes from maple syrup and pureed dates. Hemp provides a boost of magnesium, iron and vitamin E. Your family will love this innovation from Kara Lydon, RD, RYT.

Dessert: Cinnamon Apple Crumble

thanksgivingvia sharonpalmer.comAwesome on a latte or a pie, cinnamon has some other surprising tricks up its sleeve. Spicy cinnamon mixed with sweet apples makes a cozy, warm, fruit-centric vegan dessert. Your house will smell divine! Sharon Palmer's dish contains only one tablespoon of sugar, so you can truly taste the apples and spices.

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