There are many meat-free recipes to choose from this Thanksgiving.

Turkey is the center of any traditional Thanksgiving table – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a new, vegan “Thanksliving” tradition with your family and friends.

Across the nation, more people than ever before are choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving without the turkey. Several brands, like Tofurky, Field Roast, Gardein, and even Trader Joe’s make vegan turkey roasts that are the perfect centerpiece for the holiday table.

There are also plenty of creative recipes for those who want to try their hand at making a plant-based Thanksgiving entree, ranging from homemade vegan turkey to veggie-packed sweet potato lasagna, meatless wellingtons, veggie loaves, and more. If you need holiday inspo, look no further.

13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving


Serve this dairy-free wellington with mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce. | Delightful Vegans

1. Pecan and Mushroom Wellington

This meatless main is a centerpiece worth of any vegan Thanksgiving table. Mushrooms are sauteed with onions, garlic, and thyme and then blended together with raw pecans to provide a savory, meaty flavor and texture. The mixture is then wrapped in a dairy-free puff pastry arranged in an eye-catching cross-hatch pattern and then baked until golden and crispy. Serve with mushroom gravy and a side of cranberry sauce.

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Top this shepherd’s pie with crunchy breadcrumbs. | The Full Helping

2. Sweet Potato and Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Full of flavor, yet easy to make. This vegan sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe layer of creamy sweet potato puree topped with crunchy breadcrumbs tops a savory filling of lentils, mushrooms, and fall herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage. An optional splash of vegan red wine provides an even richer flavor.

Get the recipe here.

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Place this stuffed acorn squash in the center of your Thanksgiving table. | Vegan Huggs

3. Stuffed Acorn Squash

This sweet and savory stuffed acorn squash is the perfect vegan Thanksgiving centerpiece. Roasting acorn squash brings out its sweet, nutty flavor that’s perfectly complemented by a stuffing of quinoa, roasted apples, mushrooms, tart cranberries, and fall spices.

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This lentil loaf is gluten-free. | Cotter Crunch

4. Cranberry Maple Lentil Loaf

This gluten-free vegan holiday main will delight all palates. Lentils, fresh cranberries, chopped nuts, and a blend of veggies are baked into a delicious, healthy meatless Thanksgiving dish. A glaze made from a blend of pure maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard makes it all the more flavorful.

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This pot roast is veggie-packed. | Cruelty Free Family

5. Cauliflower Pot Roast

Cauliflower takes center stage in this festive vegan holiday centerpiece. A whole head of spiced cauliflower is roasted with seasonal and colorful root veggies, then topped with savory mushroom gravy. This dish will make anyone fall in love with vegetables.

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Vegducken is sure to impress. | Sweet Simple Vegan

6. The Vegducken

Meet the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving dish — “The Vegducken.” Whole butternut squash is stuffed with roasted zucchini, eggplant, and a plant-based stuffing made from lentils, chickpeas, and mushrooms. The perfect dish for those who love to impress.

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Make this dairy-free pie with just six ingredients. | A Virtual Vegan

7. Kale Almond Butternut Squash Pie

Butternut squash, earthy kale, and crunchy almonds fill this delicious vegan pie that’s made with just six ingredients. The homemade, dairy-free pastry crust melts in your mouth and comes together easily in a food processor. Serve this hearty pie with a side of vegan gravy and cranberry sauce.

Get the recipe here.

Satisfy meat-lovers with this seitan roast. | West Coast Melting Pot

8. Vegan Turkey

Vegan Thanksgiving isn’t just about veggies – you can have turkey, too thanks to this meat-free stuffed seitan roast. This vegan turkey recipe is made to taste like the real thing, right down to the crispy skin. No one will miss the bird with this on the table.

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Stuffed butternut squash makes a colorful main dish. | Wellplated

9. Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash With Cranberries and Kale

This quinoa stuffed butternut squash is a delicious and colorful Thanksgiving main made without meat. Halved butternut squash is baked until caramelized around the end and then stuffed with sauteed quinoa, cranberries, and kale. Heat it in the oven for just 10 minutes before serving to warm through and enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

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This mushroom bourguignon is perfect for a Thanksgiving meal for two. | Making Thyme for Health

10. Mushroom Bourguignon

Sometimes, you don’t need a whole feast and this mushroom bourguignon makes a great vegan Thanksgiving meal for two. Meaty porcini mushrooms replace beef in this hearty plant-based stew where dry red wine is used to create a full-bodied flavor.

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12 Thanksgiving Mains That Aren't Meat
This vegan meatloaf is nut and soy-free. | Vegan Richa

11. Chickpea Veggie Loaf

This vegan meatloaf is nut-free, soy-free, meat-free, and packed sweet and savory with holiday flavor. The “meat” is made from a blend of chickpeas and cannellini beans blended with onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a pinch of dried cranberries, then topped with a smoky BBQ sauce. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce, salad, and stuffing.

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If you’re having a simple Thanksgiving, consider a bowl packed with veggies.| I Love Vegan

12. Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl

This roasted vegan Thanksgiving bowl is a fuss-free main to serve in the center of your table. It’s packed with veggies, so it’s super healthy too. If you still want a meat-free main, serve a smaller version of the bowl alongside a plant-based protein centerpiece.

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This vegan turkey roll makes the perfect festive centerpiece. | Cheftographer

13. Vegan Turkey Roll

If some of your guests fancy turkey and others don’t eat meat, this tofu-based vegan turkey roll is the perfect compromise. Smother it with gravy for an indulgent main.

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