6 Vegan and Vegetarian Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

‘Tis the time of the year when we gather around the table with friends and family for an all-out feast. And considering there’s really no other holiday dedicated to gorging yourself—that’s what it’s about after all, right?—we might as well enjoy it. But those of us with food allergies or on a limited diet are sort of left half-enjoying the party.

That is, until now.

We’ve tracked down the most delicious vegan and vegetarian substitutions for your favorite Thanksgiving Day side dishes. Dig in!

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf
It was probably a sad day when you decided to give up on this dish that’s made up of nearly 99 percent meat. But good news: It’s back in your life. Forget seitan, forget Tofurkey, and don’t even worry about adding any nuts or grain. This meatless loaf promises to address all of your allergy and top food concerns while giving you a hearty, savory flavor you can enjoy guilt-free. The secret is in the melange of herbs—from parsley and sage to rosemary and thyme—and the strong flavors from heavy amounts of garlic and onion. Even your non-vegetarian guests will come back for seconds!
Get the recipe: FatFree Vegan

Vegan Cauliflower Casserole
Kale was having a serious moment over the last few years, but now the “it” veggie is cauliflower—and for good reason! It’s literally one of the world’s healthiest foods and provides nearly all of your daily nutritional needs. We’re talking vitamins C, K and B’s 1, 2, 3 and 6, not to mention folate, choline, fiber, manganese, phosphorus, biotin, protein and potassium. So your incentive to add this cruciferous vegetable to your Thanksgiving plate is pretty high. And when paired with the right ingredients and spices, even cauliflower haters won’t be able to deny its deliciousness.
Get the recipe: Give Recipe

30-Minute Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Have a teeny-tiny kitchen? This is the perfect recipe for you. Once the green beans are boiled, all the rest of the magic happens in one big pan. And did we mention it’s incredibly healthy? Practically all the ingredients are vegetables: green beans, onions and chopped mushrooms. The casserole is a good source of vitamins C and K as well as iron, which is hard to come by when following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Toss in some crispy fried onions (which you can buy at your local grocery store) for added crunch and delicious soy or almond milk for a creamy taste.
Get the recipe: Minimalist Baker

Wild Mushroom Gravy
One of the best things about gravy is how the meaty taste pairs well with just about anything you pile onto your Thanksgiving plate. But just because you’ve tossed meat off your menu doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a similarly delicious flavor. Instead, make gravy out of mushrooms, which offers a nice, natural meaty flavor if you use the ones like portobello or oyster. Simply throw in some spices and a little dry sherry for an even meatier, aged kick and enjoy over your mashed potatoes or veggies!
Get the recipe: Oh My Veggies

Spicy Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
Just one look at this unique creation that combines all of your favorite healthy ingredients—plus a heaping tablespoon (okay, a few) of spice—and this will become more than just a Thanksgiving staple. With a nice mix of spices, protein and healthy carbs, we give you full permission to go back for seconds.
Get the recipe: The Fitchen

Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Stuffing
No matter what your diet restrictions are, everyone should enjoy a hearty helping of stuffing on Thanksgiving. But most traditional recipes call for butter and eggs, and many are baked inside of an actual turkey. This recipe offers a nice alternative that doesn’t skimp on the flavor, plus you’re getting major protein and fiber from quinoa and sweet potato. Read: It can serve as a meal on its own. Hello, leftovers!
Get the recipe: The Whole Tara

 

Jenn Sinrich is an editor in New York City, a self-proclaimed foodie always looking for the healthier version of all recipes, a passionate lover of all things cheese, a friendly New Yorker, Bostonian at heart and proud Red Sox fan. Love cats? Cheese? Mac n' Cheese? Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.