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Only a few days to go until Thanksgiving, and I’m positive that you have everything organised. But, if there  is a teensy gap in your menu, please scroll on down for some links to Thanksgiving Day-friendly Food To Glow recipes from the past five years. Never mind the photography. 😉

Cauliflower Cheese is such a family favourite but it really isn’t the first thing you might think of for a festive table. However, make it into a cake and it turns into the perfect vegetarian main course for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This gooey, herb-flecked cake also makes great leftovers.

This crumbly, gooey and slightly sweet tart tatin would make a glorious holiday vegetarian or vegan main course or, sliced more thinly, an appetizer or starter.

This vegan dressing is laced with winter herbs and tangy sour cherries to make a flavour-packed and slightly unusual side dish for the holiday table.

This rosti cake recipe is ripe for ad libbing – change out the herbs; add in chopped olives or sautéed chestnuts; directly sub rice for quinoa or barley; leave out the cheese and add nuts instead, or as well as. You can even use other root vegetables: just keep the same weight and you’ll be good to go. Reheats well too.

These easily assembled stacks can be a main or a side, vegan or meaty, made ahead or on the day. Change out the herbs if you like and feel free to use any sturdy bread – stale is perfect. Or a combination of bread and crackers, or crumbled cornbread.

Nearly every Southern cook in America has a tried and trusted cornbread ‘dressing’ recipe. This one is a variation on one I make year after year. Usually eggs are added for more of a bread pudding effect, but this year it has gone vegan. If you want to add egg, stir in three after mixing in the stock.

This is seriously yummy. These tangy-sweet-umami sprouts are one of those more than the sum of its parts kind of foods. If you like sprouts even a tiny bit you will be picking them off the tray like we do.

Sweet potato casserole {or soufflé, if you want to be fancy} is great with spicy-hot things, with other hot vegetable dishes, veggie sausages, as well as cold or hot meats – if you are that way inclined. I’ve seen it at barbeques in hottest, stickiest August, the pan scraped clean. Heck, if you top with marshmallows, it could be a fibre-packed dessert. Leftovers can be blended with some flour and made into sweet potato pancakes or muffins. An essential at the Southern Thanksgiving table.

Holiday side dish magic - creamed kale. Eat this at anytime but especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas


Holiday side dish magic – creamed kale. Eat this at anytime but especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

An easy and oh-so delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any winter meal. Vegan and very family-friendly.

This pie is dedicated to those of you who – like me – don’t really like pumpkin pie.

I’ll be back with a globally-inspired but seasonal recipe on Thursday. No sprouts. 😉

20 thoughts on “11 Last-Minute Vegetarian Thanksgiving Day Recipes

  1. What a wonderful collection 🙂

  2. debspots says:

    Wonderful roundup! Thanks!

    1. Shannon says:

      This is an impressive collection! Still love that cornbread recipe, Kellie. We cook it often.

      I hope you and the family have an extraordinary feast together. We, of course, will be continuing our holiday tradition of getting outside and shooting big birds vegan style — with a camera. So unnecessary that the suffering of another be front-and-center for a day of gratitude. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes! Happy Thanksgiving. 😀

      1. Thank you for your kind words, Shannon, and I know you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving eating and getting out in nature. I hope you are very well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂

  3. oooh, the carrot and celeriac rosti looks soon good!

    1. Aw cheers, Dom. I haven’t made it in awhile but I need to. 🙂

  4. OMG there are some seriously good dishes in there! I am intrigued by the cauliflower cake and the tarte tatin. La famiglia is coming over from S Africa to visit for Christmas, so I will be on duty cooking Christmas lunch and this post is packed with inspiration 🙂

    1. Thank you Jeanne. Enjoy the family visit, although at this time of year, shouldn’t it be the other way around? 😉

  5. Camilla says:

    Never mind the photography Kellie? It’s all fabulous as are the dishes, drooling right now!

  6. Kacie says:

    Hi I just found your page!

  7. Everything here looks absolutely delicious! I am not cooking the main meal, but am in charge of salad, so will be heading to the store tomorrow to see what’s left 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving Kellie!

    1. Have a super Thanksgiving Day EA, and enjoy just being in charge of salad! 🙂

  8. Katie says:

    Really love the topic of your blog! This truly inspires me! I know from my own experience how important food is when you are unhealthy! Love your Blog! xoxo Katie from

  9. lushly says:

    gorgeous photos and yummy looking food. thank you for posting!

  10. MrsMichela says:

    OMG! I’ll consider for vegetarian Christmas’ lunch version.

  11. M@Home says:

    Lovely list!

  12. Lovely! I shall keep these in mind for Christmas, they look gorgeous and sound like they are packed with flavour, thank you

  13. stateeats says:

    Fantastic line up here, lots of options! – Kat

  14. Lovely collection of recipes, loved the pictures

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