13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving
These vegan Thanksgiving mains will be the stars of your holiday table. | I Love Vegan

13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

These 13 vegan recipes show that it's easy to celebrate a delicious, Thanksgiving with meat-free mains and entrees instead of turkey.

Turkey is the center of any traditional Thanksgiving table, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a vegan Thanksgiving 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 any holiday table.

13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

There are also plenty of creative recipes for those who want to try their hand at making a plant-based Thanksgiving entree. These range from homemade vegan turkey to veggie-packed sweet potato lasagna, meatless wellingtons, veggie loaves, and more. If you need holiday inspo, look no further. We’ve got some of the best meat-free main Thanksgiving recipes to choose from. Happy eating.

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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13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

Serve this vegan shepherd’s pie with plenty of gravy. | The Simple Veganista

2. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Full of flavor, yet easy to make. This vegan shepherd’s pie recipe features layers of creamy mashed potatoes over a savory filling of carrots, celery, lentils, thyme, peas, and corn. This protein-packed dish is so good you’re definitely going to want seconds.

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13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

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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13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

This lentil loaf is gluten-free. | A virtual vegan.

4. Vegan Meatloaf With Gravy

This vegan holiday main will delight all palates. It features onion, garlic, split red lentils, green lentils, mushrooms, walnuts, and breadcrumbs all baked into a delicious, healthy meatless Thanksgiving dish.

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13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

This pot roast is veggie-packed. | Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

5. Cauliflower Pot Roast

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

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13 Meat-Free Mains for the Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving

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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This vegan turkey roast is even better with gravy. | The Hidden Veggies

7. 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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Satisfy meat-lovers with this holiday roast. | Shane and Simple

8. Vegan Holiday Roast

Please even the meat-eaters at your holiday gathering with this vegan holiday roast. Full of fall flavor, this savory meatless main features seitan made with red kidney beans and a number of other tasty ingredients and seasonings. Serve it with a heaping mound of mashed potatoes and gravy and a side roll.

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This vibrant vegan main is almost too pretty to eat. | Minimalist Baker

9. Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash

This roasted stuffed butternut squash is a delicious and colorful Thanksgiving main made without meat. Halved butternut squash is baked and then stuffed with sauteed quinoa, caramelized mushrooms, and kale. All you need is 10 delectable ingredients to make this dish.

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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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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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