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30 Delicious & Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Dishes for Thanksgiving

Get ready for the biggest food holiday of the year with my 30 delicious and MAINLY healthy vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving.  Because life is all about balance! Right?

30 Delicious and Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone!

Thanksgiving has become such a big deal in my family.  It’s turned into the one time that a big chunk of both the Hubs and my family all get together and have an epic weekend of fun.  This is part of the clan from last year and this just warms my heart.

Wunder Family

Since I’m the only one at our Thanksgiving who doesn’t eat turkey, our meal is not entirely vegetarian.  The Hubs does cook two turkeys for everyone; one smoked and one fried.  But since I’m in charge of the rest of the meal I make sure the sides are the star of the show, are all meat free and give me plenty to eat!  I’ve never once felt like I was missing out on anything with my vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving.  Need some tips on hosting?  Make sure to check out my How to Host Thanksgiving Guide!

This year I’ve even added a few vegetarian “main courses” to make the menu even more well rounded!

Now about that “mainly” healthy part.  I’m a firm believer in balance and have no problem with a little butter on Thanksgiving.  I like to balance it out with dishes that are nutrient packed, light and healthy!  You can find a little bit of both in these 30 amazing vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving!  I’ve put a * next to the dishes that are more health conscious, which this list is full of!  You’ll also notice some of the recipes have a publish date next to them.  That means they will be coming out this month before Thanksgiving. Consider this a little preview of all the yumminess yet to come on Running in a Skirt this month.

My two favorite dishes that aren’t as healthy are my Apple & Sage Vegetarian Stuffing and my Mom’s Famous Sweet Potato Casserole.  They are on my menu each year and are totally worth the splurge.  Balance them out with some of the stared dishes!

30 Delicious & Mainly #Healthy #Vegetarian Dishes for #Thanksgiving! Perfect sides for turkey-eaters too! #recipe Click To Tweet

30 Delicious and Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Dishes of Thanksgiving

Main Dishes or Star of the Plate

Apple & Sage Vegetarian Stuffing

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese *

Pistachio Hummus *

Lightened UP Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps *

Lightened Up 3 Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps / Running in a Skirt

Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Farro, Mushroom and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash


No Butter or Sugar Acorn Squash *


Sensational Sides

Mom’s Famous Sweet Potato Casserole (Use vegan marshmallows to make completely vegetarian!)

Best Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows - My Mom's famous recipe- the real deal with butter and brown sugar- doesn't get any better than this!/ Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Honey Balsamic Rainbow Carrots *

Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower *

Don't let potatoes have all the fun! Try my Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe! / Running in a Skirt

4 Ingredient Sweet Potato Bites *

4 Ingredient Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bites *

4 Ingredient Simple Roast Sweet Potatoes / Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Rosemary Potatoes *

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries recipe. A great recipe for brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving! / Running in a Skirt

5 Ingredient Parmesan Roasted Carrots *

Healthy Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes *

Healthy Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes- secret creamy ingredient!/ Running in a Skirt

Skinny Crock Pot Creamed Spinach *

Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts *

Sauteed Kale and Butternut Squash *


Soups & Salads

Butternut Squash Soup *

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe healthy-41-6

Greek Yogurt Simple Pumpkin Soup *

Chopped Kale Salad with almonds and cranberries *


Fall Apple and Beet Salad *


Thanksgiving Morning Ideas, Snacks & Such

Vegetarian Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

Vegetarian Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole- so yummy! Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a crowd!

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal *

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal *

Crock Pot Healthier Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole *

Healthy Crock Pot Pumpkin French Toast recipe/ Running in a Skirt


Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites *

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins 

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe / Running in a Skirt

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread *

Skinny Pimento Cheese *


Hope you enjoy these fabulous vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving!


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30 Delicious and Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes / Running in a Skirt

AND! Don’t forget to check out my How to Host Thanksgiving Guide.


30 Delicious & Mainly #Healthy #Vegetarian Dishes for #Thanksgiving! Perfect sides for turkey-eaters too! #recipe Click To Tweet

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing that delightful Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries recipe.

I’m linking up with: Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel, Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

By | 2017-10-10T14:38:29-04:00 November 7th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Food, Recipe Roundup|29 Comments


  1. […] 30 Delicious & Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes […]

  2. kimmythevegan November 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I’ll be carefully pouring over these as I haven’t been sure what to make next week. There are so many to choose from. Thanks for sharing all of these. I hope you have a wonderful celebration with your families next week =)

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kimmy! I’m so glad you liked them. Hope your Thanksgiving was amazing.

  3. Kristy from Southern In Law November 9, 2016 at 2:32 am - Reply

    We are currently working out our thanksgiving menu so I think I need to add some of these into the mix! Yum!

    My favourite thanksgiving dish is anything carrot related. I risk turning orange every year by consuming ALL THE carrot sides 😛

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristy! Hope you get a chance to try some of them! I’m also a carrot fan! So good.

  4. vicki November 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    What a great roundup of Thanksgiving recipes!

  5. Andrea on Vacation November 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Thanksgiving sides in my house are mostly vegetarian and I fill up mostly on those with just a bit of turkey. But really the sides are my favorite part!!! My favorite is stuffing for sure. Good stuff!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! I love those sides too! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving planned.

  6. Farrah November 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure I can pick a favorite Thanksgiving dish! There are so many good ones–especially in here! So, so much deliciousness! *-* I want those sweet potato bites + brussels sprouts! <3

  7. I’m so glad I ate before I read this post! Everything looks SO yummy! Don’t laugh, but my favorite Thanksgiving treats are the simple things…the turkey…the sweet potatoes (unadorned)…the side salad…the green beans… and yes, the apple pie!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Haha!!!! I totally agree! I love some traditional Thanksgiving stuff too!

  8. Blane Sherer November 7, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    That is a nice family picture from your Thanksgiving
    from last year. Looks like you have what hopefully will
    be a long running family tradition of celebrating with
    family at your home.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Blane! Hope you have good plans too.

  9. Annmarie November 7, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    These all do look delicious! Can’t wait to try some of those maple cinnamon sweet potato bites!!!

  10. Patricia @Sweet and Strong November 7, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    My favorite thanksgiving dish has to be stuffing, because I usually only make it on Thanksgiving so it’s a once a year treat. Or could I say all the desserts?!? I love making cookies and pumpkin cheesecake. Now I’m hungry thinking about all my favorites! 😉

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Stuffing really is amazing! I only make it once a year too, but enjoy it! And those dessssserrrts!!! I bet you make some good ones.

  11. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 7, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    So many delicious ideas! I’m all over all the veggie and cranberry options and sides. I don’t usually get too excited since I’m not a fan of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or pie (not a pie crust fan, but like some pies). These past couple years I’m all over all the veggies and sides even if that means I have to bring 3 or 4 things to Thanksgiving since everyone else focuses on the turkey, potatoes, pies, stuffing, and jello salads.
    Can’t wait o try some of these!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Haha! Yes! That’s why I make so many at Thanksgiving… so I’ll enjoy the meal too. 🙂

  12. Oh wow so much yummy in one place! I am still working on my Thanksgiving menu thanks for the ideas and for joining us for meatless Monday today

  13. heather @Lunging Through Life November 7, 2016 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Mmm. I always forget you’re vegetarian! I am not a fan of turkey, or stuffing/mashed potatoes/gravy haha but I do love the sides! I’ve been debating what to make this year and I remember loving that you had Mac n Cheese last year (I think). I’m thinking I might give that a go!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      YES! I always do mac and cheese and love it!!! Seems like you eat the same thing I do on Thanksgiving.

  14. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 7, 2016 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Feed me. Please. PLEASE.
    I don’t get to fix Thanksgiving dinner this year (sadface) but I’ll be saving these for when we get back!

  15. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy November 7, 2016 at 5:24 am - Reply

    I want to eat all of these, but especially the brussels sprouts, as I am kind of obsessed with sprouts at the moment. I love snacking on them.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Oh me too!! They are delish! Hope you are doing well.

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