Keep the turkey off your plate! Recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving

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Hollywood, MD—Meat-free lifestyles are becoming much more common among our friends, family, and neighbors. Around eight million people in the United States follow a plant-based diet, a little under half of that number are vegans while the rest are vegetarians. Veganism is a diet that doesn’t use any animal-based products, while vegetarians do not consume meat but can have dairy and eggs. For some, skipping animal-based products is done so for health reasons. For others, this lifestyle falls on their morals. Whether you choose not to eat meat for the well-being of the planet, the ethical dilemma of animals’ treatment, or to lower your risk of disease, plant-based diets have shown to be beneficial in numerous ways.

One staple of Thanksgiving that’s undeniable is a traditional turkey dinner. Of course, following a plant-based diet wouldn’t allow for a vegan or vegetarian to partake in this meal. But don’t lose hope, herbivores, for there are countless recipes to make your Thanksgiving dinner cruelty-free and delicious! Listed below are several examples of some tasty dishes, of both vegetarian and vegan varieties. Click on the name of each dish to follow a link showing ingredients and instructions for preparation! All meal pictures are used courtesy of individual recipe websites.

1.) Roasted Portobello Mushroom, Pecan, and Chestnut Wellington

2.) Lemon and Parsley Skillet-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

3.) Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

4.) Vegetarian Roast Beast

5.) Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato, and Hazelnuts

6.) Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Eggplant and Gorgonzola

7.) Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter

8.) Crepe Lasagna with Mushrooms and Spinach

9.) Hearty Vegetable Stew

10.)  Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

11.)  Classic Vegetarian Nut Loaf

12.)  Kale and Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Sauce

13.)  Blistered Green Beans with Tomato-Almond Pesto

14.)  Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

15.)  4-Ingredient Vegan Eggplant Balls

16.)  Simple Pumpkin Soup

17.)  Harissa and Maple Roasted Carrots

18.)  Pumpkin Chili

19.)  Vegan Mashed Potatoes

20.)  Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Whether you’re a vegan/vegetarian, transitioning to a plant-based diet, or just interested in trying a new, scrumptious dish, these recipes are simple, unique, and sure to get your friends talking! With any of these at hand, you will have a diverse and inclusive holiday dinner.

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