10 Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes Even Carnivores Will Love

These standout dishes will tempt even the most hardcore carnivores at your Thanksgiving table.

If you're having vegetarians or vegans over, don't expect them to ditch their beliefs and go all-out carnivore for a day — it's not gonna happen. Instead, show off your culinary know-how by whipping up one of these meat-free mains that everyone at the table will love.


1. Kale and Butternut Squash Lasagne//Goop: Give classic lasagne a fall-appropriate update with rich butternut squash and ultra-healthy kale. The individual components take a bit of prep, but lasagne is one of those fab dishes that can be prepped and assembled a day in advance. (Photo via Goop)


2. Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms//Oh My Veggies: A modern take on Chicken Florentine, this meat-free recipe hits it out of the park with crispy kale, portobellos and a mozzarella and panko topping. (Photo via Oh My Veggies)


3. Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice Salad//Beard & Bonnet: A cornucopia of deliciousness, this super easy main combines classic fall flavors with vibrant, fresh notes with the addition of dried cranberries (roasted fresh would take the flavor up a few extra notches) and naval oranges. (Photo via Beard & Bonnet)


4. Flatbread with Sage & Arugula Pesto, Figs//La Crema: While the original recipe calls for proscuitto, you can easily leave it out for an effortless veg dish with undeniable gourmet flair. This makes a mean appetizer too. (Photo via La Crema)


5. Harvest Galette//Martha Stewart: Galettes are probably one of the most effortless dishes out there. Prep the squash and onion mix ahead of time and then assemble right before baking. (Photo via Martha Stewart)


6. Lentil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes//A Couple Cooks: This simple dish is all things good. The lentil, sweet potato and goat cheese combo is hearty and warming, while serving up a major nutritional punch and flavor to boot. (Photo via A Couple Cooks)


7. Maple Tempeh with Herbed Quinoa//Nutrion Stripped: Maple-caramelized tempeh pairs with fluffy quinoa, tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts for a decadent, but totally good-for-you meal. And it's not only vegan, it's also gluten-free. (Photo via Nutrition Stripped)


8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter//Aida Mollenkamp: A steamy plate of buttery gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food. The addition of sweet potatoes and unexpected balsamic-sage brown butter takes the traditional Italian dish to the next level, creating a complex flavor profile that is standout to say the least. (Photo via Aida Mollenkamp)


9. Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano//Cookie + Kate: Nutty, flavorful and filling, this hearty dish will go over big with your meat-free guests. Kate includes plenty of substitutions to make it fit for those that are vegan or gluten-free. (Photo via Cookie + Kate)


10. Mushroom + Stout Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Crusts//The First Mess: A vegan twist on the classic dish, this hearty recipe is sure to pique the interest of even the most hardcore carnivores. (Photo via The First Mess)


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