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Here Are Foods You Can Eat On Thanksgiving That Aren't Turkey

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We may associate turkeys with Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean one has to be on your plate. Whether you're giving up eating meat for the animals, for your health or for the environment, there are plenty of vegetarian options, like the ones below.

Tarts, potpies and quiche (Flickr/Kirsten Loza)

These scrumptious dishes do double-duty as either a side or a main entrée. Depending on which one you choose, they can be topped and filled with just about any ingredient you'd like - walnuts, apples, cheese or potatoes - and most can be served either hot or cold. Here are a few recipes for inspiration:

Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Fall Vegetarian Pot Pie

Individual Pot Pies (Vegan)

Arugula and Cremini Quiche with Gluten-Free Almond Meal Crust

Kale–Cauliflower Tart with a Cheddar Crust

Pastaand pizza(Flickr/Bookis)

An Italian-inspired menu is a wonderful way to spruce up the traditional Thanksgiving get-together. Spaghetti, lasagna and even pizza are not only delicious, but they'll also leave you feeling just as stuffed as any turkey dinner would. Some of you may even remember when writer Calvin Trillin jokingly called for pasta carbonara to replace turkey as the national Thanksgiving dish. We think he might've been on to something, but maybe sans bacon.

Pasta alla Carbonara alla Giudea

Squash & Leek Lasagna

Thanksgiving Pizza

Garlic Pasta (Vegan)

Ricotta-and-Fontina-Stuffed Shells with Fennel and Radicchio

Burgers and fries (Flickr/SweetOnVeg)

That's right - we see no reason Thanksgiving can't be turned into an old-fashioned cookout! Whip out those vegetarian patties and start up the grill, because there are some mouthwatering burgers out there for anyone looking to be meat-free. Toss in some green beans, fries and corn on the cob, and you might have a new family tradition.

Stuffed Thanksgiving Burger

Irresistible Veggie Burgers

Thanksgiving Pie Fries

Green Bean Casserole (Vegan)

Mini Corn on the Cob Bites


We love squash, mostly due to the endless ways you can use it on a menu. Craving spaghetti but can't eat pasta? You can make it out of squash! Want to enjoy a cheesy casserole? Squash has you covered. It even works as a topping on just about everything. Here are some options to help introduce it into your Thanksgiving feast.

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Kale

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili in Pumpkin Bowls

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wheat Berries, Pine Nuts & Sage (Vegan)

Tofu(Flickr/Stacy Spensley)

When most people hear the word tofu, they run for the hills, but it's actually possible to make the stuff taste delicious. Really craving turkey? Try one of the dishes below. Tofu is a great stand-in for meat.

Stuffed Tofu-Turkey

Homemade Tofurkey with Brown Rice Stuffing

Pretzel & Cashew Crusted Tofu with Sweet Onion Chutney

Caramelized Tofu

Tofu Turkey

Pistachio-Crusted Maple Dijon Tofu (Vegan)