I have so many friends who are vegetarian these days (including my sister-in-law who usually stays with us during the holidays), and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to feast as heartily as everyone else on Thanksgiving. With a main course like this acorn squash stuffed with quinoa, pumpkin seeds and kale, I’d almost consider skipping the turkey myself this year (especially when the meal ends like this one: with a chocolate & salted caramel pie!) Click through the slides for a perfect Turkey Day menu sans turkey, and I’d love to hear in the comments about your favorite meatless Thanksgiving mains!

image: 724 south house

Blood Orange & Bourbon Cocktail

Winter citrus plus warming bourbon are a match made in heaven.

Get the recipe here.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Here’s how to make sure no one even misses the turkey: roasted acorn squash stuffed with sautéed quinoa and kale, then kicked up with scallions, tangy feta, currants, and pumpkin seeds.

Get the recipe here.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pasta

The sage makes it taste just right for Thanksgiving, but this is a vegetarian main you’ll want to cook up all winter long.

Get the recipe here.

Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Pie

I’ve got to admit that the pie is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, and this magnificent one takes it over the top.

Get the recipe for this one (and 19 other amazing Thanksgiving pies!) here.

**For lots more Thanksgiving menu inspiration, check out our full Thanksgiving hub here!**


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  1. 1
    Queen of Fifty Cents November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    We’ve been vegetarians for over 40 years and have done many kinds of Thanksgivings in that time. There’s no need for pretend meat for sure. Sometimes we go ethnic – we’ve had some scrumptious celebrations with Indian food – and a recurring favorite main is Anna Thomas’s Almond Crepes. And the Sweet Potato & Cranberry Strudel from Savory Baking by by Mary Cech was to die for.

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    Gaby Dalkin November 19, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Can I skip the turkey and eat this brown butter pumpkin pasta?!!