Vegetarian, vegan Thanksgiving meals that will make meat-eaters drool

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving meals are a meat-lover’s paradise. There are dishes filled with turkey, ham, duck or even the unique turducken. But not to worry herbivores, there are still plenty of great options for you.

Autumn Kale Salad

Kale, can we ever get enough of it? Start off your Thanksgiving meal with a nice refreshing salad. This leafy green vegetable has lots of nutrients, including Vitamin A and C a well as calcium and antioxidants.

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Courtesy of: Eat Drink Garden with Valerie Rice

Vegan Cornbread

Every southern Thanksgiving meal needs some type of carb on the table. For vegans, Cornbread is the answer. This recipe contains coconut oil, and researchers have found that coconut oil can reduce hypertension, risks for developing Alzheimer’s, and also fight a type of bloodstream infection.

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Courtesy of: The Healthy Family and Home

Butternut Squash Basmati Rice

Make a boring rice recipe festive by adding butternut squash. The dish can even help with your eye health. Plus, butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A.

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Courtesy of Melissas

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Walnut Pumpkin Butter

If you want to try a homemade pasta, pumpkin ravioli is a simple recipe to make. It will make your pumpkin spiced latte crazed friends envious. Pumpkins have many health benefits as well, as they are a good source of fiber and can help you lose weight.

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Courtesy of Babble.com

Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving classic. Well, second to turkey. Be creative and combine sweet potatoes with shepherd’s pie. This recipe calls for a pie stuffed with lentils, which are full of iron and potassium, as well as veggies and sweet potato filling.

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Courtesy of: One Ingredient Chef

Maple Pecan Pie

Before you roll yourself away from the table, don’t skip out on dessert. Maple pecan pie is a great option. To make it vegan friendly, add tofu. Tofu, which is a soy product, is a great source of protein and calcium.

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Courtesy of Post Punk Kitchen

Now you’re ready to take a nap and watch some football.

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