Top Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Photography By Eric Moran | Last Updated September 28, 2014

Turkey Day doesn’t have to be all about the bird. These vegetarian dishes are so good, they’ll earn a permanent spot on your holiday menu.

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for vegetarians; after all, the holiday is fondly known as Turkey Day. Every vegetarian knows what it's like to bite into what they thought was a meat-free dish, only to realize that it’s actually off-limits. Stuffing is often made with chicken stock, and bacon is frequently lurking in the Brussels sprouts for added flavor. It makes eating Thanksgiving dinner a challenging—and frustrating—experience. Luckily, these ten produce-filled recipes are delicious and flavorful, and completely meat-free. Add them to your holiday spread to remind everyone at your table how delicious vegetables can taste on their own. 

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