Whether you are a carnivore, full-on vegan or somewhere in between, thanksgiving is an exciting time for food lovers of all kinds. The traditional meal spread is comfortable and tried-and-true, but as we know things are a bit ~different~ these days, so switching it up and bringing something new to the table might be warmly welcomed this year.
As a “for the most part” vegetarian, I have been in the market for inventive veg-friendly meals and sides that don’t skimp out on flavor or comfort. Here is a roundup of veggie-centric fall recipes that could easily take a seat on the thanksgiving table next to mom’s green bean casserole and grandma’s delicious rolls, and some non-pie dessert options. If you are vegan, feel free to swap out any butter/cheese/egg with your favorite subs. And if you toss in some bacon or sausage into some of these recipes, meat lovers, well that’s your business.
Squash is boss
Delicata, butternut, honeynut, spaghetti… the list of squash varieties is endless and seems to keep growing. Most squashes are high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, and potassium, to name a few health benefits, so I say the more the merrier.
Pass the pasta (!!)
Cover your mac and cheese recipe’s ears for this - I am all on board to make pasta a permanent side (or main, hello lasagna) for T-Giving henceforth. Maybe you’ve been normalizing this versatile staple at thanksgiving already, and for that I salute you.
A moment of silence for the best part of the meal, pumpkin pie- I mean dessert. Home made, store-bought, puree… any way you slice it, it’s the best in my book. Alas, I recognize that pumpkin pie does not float everyone’s boat, so here are a few different options for those wanting to pass on the pie this year -