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50 Delicious & Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

Get ready for the biggest food holiday of the year with my 50 delicious and MAINLY Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes!  This is THE GUIDE to cooking your best Thanksgiving meal yet.

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 a few years ago and this just warms my heart.  While we aren’t doing the big party at the house this year I’m hoping to get back to the kitchen next year when the boys are a little older.

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!  Between this recipe collection and my hosting Thanksgiving guide you have everything you need to host a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

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 50 amazing healthy vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes!  I’ve put a * next to the dishes that are more health-conscious, which this list is full of!

My two favorite dishes that aren’t as healthy are my Apple & Sage Vegetarian Stuffing and my Mom’s Famous Sweet Potato Casserole.  These are tried and true family favorites that are totally worth the splurge.  Balance them out with some of the stared dishes!



50 Delicious and Mainly Healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes


Main Dish – The Star of my Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes


Apple & Sage Vegetarian Stuffing

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese *

Hidden Veggie Baked Cauliflower Mac & Cheese *

Creamy & Healthy Hidden Veggie Cauliflower Mac & Cheese / Running in a Skirt

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

4 Ingredient Maple Rosemary Delicata Squash *

4 Ingredient Recipe for Cooking Delicata Squash - Maple Rosemary Delicata Squash / Running in a Skirt

Farro, Mushroom and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash *


No Butter or Sugar Acorn Squash *

Lentil, Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

sweet potato lentil feta salad recipe

Harvest Farro with Apple Cider Vinaigrette 

Harvest Farro Salad recipe / Running in a Skirt

No Noodle Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna *

No Bake Four Cheese Lasagna *



Sensational Sides – The Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

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

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts

Crock Pot Honey Cinnamon Glazed Carrots *

No Butter Crock Pot Honey Glazed Carrots recipe/ Running in a Skirt

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 Simple Roast Sweet Potatoes / Running in a Skirt

4 Ingredient Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bites *

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 *

Pumpkin Cornbread * (publishing Monday!)

Healthy Pumpkin Cornbread recipe



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 *


Appetizers and Snacks

Skinny Pimento Cheese *

Skinny Pimento Cheese Bites *

Healthy Pimento Cheese Bites/ Running in a Skirt

Savory Pumpkin Hummus *

Pomegranate Goat Cheese Crostini *

5 Ingredient Pomegrante Salsa *

pomegranate cucumber salsa recipe

Pistachio Hummus *




6 Ingredient Healthier Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Fudge *

6 ingredient healthy pumpkin fudge recipe/ Running in a Skirt

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites *

Easy & Healthy Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins *

Pumpkin Oatmeal Sweet Potato Bars *

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars recipe

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins 




Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast Ideas

Vegetarian Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole * <—oven version

Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole recipe / Running in a Skirt

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal *

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal *

Crock Pot Healthy Apple Pumpkin Butter

Crock Pot Healthier Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole *

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


Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal *

Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe / Running in a Skirt

Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread *



Hope you enjoy these fabulous healthy vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes!


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



Your turn!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

By | 2020-05-28T22:24:25-04:00 November 16th, 2019|All Vegetarian, Food, Recipe Roundup|31 Comments


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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    What a great roundup of Thanksgiving recipes!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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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