|Cider roasted vegetables- pair with polenta, rice or quinoa.|
If, like me, you happen to be celebrating without the bird this Thanksgiving, here's a quick round-up of my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes to inspire you. Most of these recipes are actually vegan- a dairy-free plus for those of us gluten-free and casein-free. The few recipes garnished with cheese can be easily converted to dairy-free by using your favorite vegan cheese.
Here's to a gentle Thanksgiving- next time- see you in New England!
But first, to tease appetites...
|Creamy raw cashew hummus and fresh veggies.|
Start off with this raw vegan recipe for hummus- made with soaked cashews. It's so creamy and light. A perfect dip for crisp fresh veggies.
|Gluten-free cornbread with roasted tomato salsa.|
Grilled gluten-free cornbread with roasted yellow tomato salsa is an easy appetizer- not to mention, delicious.
|Roasted yellow tomato salsa.|
...Or serve it with corn chips if you prefer. Here's the salsa recipe.
|Roasted eggplant tapenade.|
For another sassy vegan appetizer, try this roasted eggplant tapenade with toasted slices of my gluten-free baguettes, my pecan cracker recipe, or corn chips.
|Red pepper hummus. A classic.|
Roasted red pepper hummus made with chick peas is a tasty classic- you don't even need to mention it's a complementary vegan protein. And it would fab served as a condiment with the following quinoa salad...
|Thanksgiving flavors infuse this vegetarian quinoa dish.|
Quinoa salad with pears, baby spinach and chick peas just might be my favorite new Fall recipe. Perfect for Thanksgiving. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a whirl. It also works with apples, if you're not a fan of pears.
|Quinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms.|
Easy on the eyes, quinoa stuffed mushrooms are elegant and light. These can be a side dish, with soup and cornbread. Or serve two caps each as a main dish.
|Pumpkin polenta topped with an avocado salsa fresca.|
One of my favorite new inspirations- pumpkin polenta. Who doesn't love a creamy bowl of comforting polenta seasoned with autumn flavors? The fresh salsa kicks it up with avocado and tomatillo. Pumpkin seeds add crunch.
|Vegetarian enchiladas with spinach and white beans.|
I call these Greek enchiladas because of their filling. A yummy combo of spinach, roasted red peppers, white beans and feta cheese. If you'd like to keep these Griegos babies vegan, sub the feta with vegan cream cheese or shredded cheese.
|Red quinoa with butternut squash and cranberries.|
Gorgeous red quinoa studded with orange winter squash and ruby cranberries. Talk about vegan festive, Babycakes. This dish begs to adorn your holiday table.
|Ruby applesauce- with cranberries.|
A favorite Thanksgiving pairing- apples and cranberries- simmered into a luscious pleasingly tart applesauce, sweetened with organic raw agave.
|Quinoa mushroom pilaf.|
Hearty and scrumptious quinoa (chock full of healthy vegan protein). A lovely vegetarian addition to your gluten-free holiday table. And a change of pace from the usual rice pilaf.
|Rice bake with pine nuts, sweet corn and artichokes.|
But wait- you're looking for a rice dish? Here is gluten-free made simple. This Santa Fe inspired baked rice casserole with artichokes, pine nuts and sweet corn is always a crowd pleaser. Gluten-free or not. Switch out the goat cheese with vegan cheese to keep it dairy-free.
|Roasted acorn squash risotto with cranberries.|
Creamy and wonderful- that is the simple truth. Risotto like this is pure vegan soul food. I used acorn squash in mine- but I suppose butternut would also work.
|Roasted Brussels sprouts on brown rice with fava beans.|
Roasting Brussels sprouts coaxes their earthy sweetness to the fore. The trick is to not overcook them. Here, roasted sprouts and carrots are served over brown rice with a side of fava beans.
|Curried carrot soup with toasted cornbread croutons.|
If you're in the mood for soup (I am always up for it) this favorite classic might tickle your Thanksgiving fancy. Curry adds an elegant, special undertone to the all too often Plain Jane of vegan soup. And the pan toasted cornbread croutons nudge it over the top. Seriously.
|Sweet potato black bean enchiladas.|
These enchiladas have been on our holiday menu so many years I've stopped counting. The sweet potato black bean filling is both hearty and comforting. Creamy good and muy delicioso. Use shredded vegan cheese on the top to keep it dairy-free.
|Gluten-free pumpkin pie bread.|
In case you missed out on this recipe I'm sharing it once again. A moist and tender pumpkin pie inspired bread. No one has to know it's gluten-free- unless you confess it.
Gluten-free never tasted so pumpkiny and light- make these pumpkin muffins the night before Thanksgivng.
|Pumpkin sweet potato soup to warm you, vegan body and soul.|
Another bowl of vegan soup goodness for your consideration. A combo of pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Smooth and filling and sunshine orange, to boot. Ginger helps it sing.
|Quinoa taco salad.|
If you live in a hotter state this November you might really appreciate this light and lively quinoa taco salad for your Thanksgiving repast. Unconventional? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely. I predict no leftovers.
|Vegan and dairy-free scalloped potatoes.|
How about a change from mashed potatoes? I love mashed potatoes- but too often during the holidays they are cold by the time you dip your fork in with drooling anticipation. Baking scalloped potatoes guarantees piping hot potato deliciousness.
|Two potato salad- with sweet and gold potatoes.|
I serve this vegan sweet potato salad warm- and it is to die for. A nice change from the typical white potato salad with mayo. Fun for Thanksgiving- or the following day when, unbelievably, everyone is hungry all over again.
|Vegetarian garden loaf with maple glaze.|
Sometimes you crave something meaty. Hearty. And yeah, there's always grilled portobello mushrooms. But how about something different? Here's my savory vegan loaf baked with an apricot maple glaze. And no lentils (sorry, lentil fans, I'm not too crazy about those particular legumes).
|Vegetarian Shepherd's pie. A one dish meal if you're bringing your own.|
Okay. So your Thanksgiving plans involve driving to a turkey fest loaded with gluten. What's a gluten-free vegan girl to do? Prepare a take-along covered one-dish supper for yourself. Arrive in time to throw it in the oven (let the cook know you'd like to share some oven space). Bake it for twenty five minutes or so. This vegetarian shepherd's pie is topped with mashed potatoes.
|Cornbread stuffing stuffed roasted acorn squash.|
Deja vu all over again, I know. This recipe was posted recently, but in case you are new to the blog- I'm including it here in this vegetarian round-up post. Because the cornbread stuffing is too good to miss. There's also instructions on roasting acorn squash with maple syrup. Super easy. Super good.
|A vegan pumpkin pie with no tofu. And it is tasty.|
Okay. We're down to sweets. My favorite part. This simple crustless pumpkin pie is so good, gluten-eaters love it, too. Doubt it? Read through the comments on this recipe. Then go bake yourself a pie, Darlin'.
If sweet potato pie is your favorite but you cannot eat gluten or dairy- this recipe is for you. Creamy and delicious. A lovely Thanksgiving dessert choice.
|Praline topped vegan pumpkin pie with coconut-pecan crust|
|Karina's vegan apple crisp- with quinoa flakes.|
Need more gluten-free dessert recipes, or some GF Thanksgiving tips? Here's my updated Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips.