Need a plant based main dish to serve up this Thanksgiving? Check out these delicious vegan main dishes that are perfect for the holidays!
Thanksgiving is all about the food! But there's no reason for us plant based folks to be left out of the fun. No one will even miss the turkey with these delicious holiday-worthy recipes on the table.
So whether you're hosting a completely vegan Thanksgiving feast or searching for a dish to bring along as a guest - you can't go wrong with these vegan Thanksgiving main dish ideas!
And if you're here planning your holiday menu, don't forget to check out our new Vegan Thanksgiving and Vegan Christmas cookbooks!
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
Here are all my favorite vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. Yum!
This vegan lentil meatloaf is perfect for the holiday table. Loaded with plant based protein and topped with a savory tomato glaze.
Vegan Mushroom Wellington
This mushroom wellington might be the prettiest Thanksgiving dish you'll ever served. Loaded with savory mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky vegan puff pastry.
Three Sisters Stew is somewhat like chili, though it’s more about the squash than beans. In Native American mythology, squash, corn, and beans are known as of the “three sisters” — the very crops that the harvest festival of Thanksgiving is meant to celebrate!
Spanish Vegan Paella
Give Thanksgiving a Spanish flair this year with this festive and flavorful vegan paella. Yum!
For a main dish that even the kids will love, serve up this dairy free vegan mac and cheese. It's creamy, flavorful, and totally delicious.
Butternut Squash with Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing is always on our list of favorites. This satisfying dish makes a handsome centerpiece for the holiday meal.
Chickpea Shepherd's Pie
This vegan friendly shepherd's pie is loaded with healthy flavor from chickpea, fresh veggies, and a creamy sauce - all topped off with tender mashed potatoes.
Rice and Pecan-Stuffed Squash presents subtle and enticing flavors in this thyme-scented recipe. The savory nut, bread, and rice stuffing, contrasted with the subtle sweetness of the acorn squash, makes a perfect holiday main or side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas, though you can enjoy it as a weekend meal any time throughout the fall and winter.
Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole is a newer favorite at our Thanksgiving table. This simple and comforting vegan casserole will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu.
Pueblo Corn Pie is a recipe I’ve made many times over the years as a Thanksgiving main dish. The layered casserole of cooked cornmeal topping a tasty bean chili is adapted from a Native American recipe.
Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie is a deep dish of absolute comfort. It’s a bit of a project, but not at all difficult, and definitely worth it for a holiday meal — Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Sweet Potato and Edamame Shepherd’s Pie is a gorgeous variation on shepherd’s pie, and makes a festive holiday centerpiece. Greens and edamame meld with mushrooms in the creamy sauce, creating a burst of flavor that’s both exciting and comforting.
Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole, aka Chilaquiles, is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but it's also easy enough to make for weeknight meals.
Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie is a nostalgic classic that everyone loves. Many VegKitchen readers have let us know that this mild dish of hearty veggies enclosed in pie crust is on their regular cool-weather meal rotation; it’s also a crowd-pleasing vegan option for a Thanksgiving or Christmas menu.
Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes is a lovely main dish option for a vegan Thanksgiving table, though you can make it any time you crave something hearty and warming.
I hope you've found the perfect vegan main dish for your Thanksgiving menu! For more holiday inspiration, check out these delicious ideas:
- Best Vegan Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
- Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- 20+ Best Vegan Pies
And for the easiest holiday yet, don't forget to check out my complete Vegan Thanksgiving cookbook!
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