Vegan Thanksgiving Main Courses

Pumpkin Ravioli and Hazelnut Tarragon "Butter"

Pumpkin Ravioli and Hazelnut Tarragon “Butter”. Photo by Heather at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Now that you have some Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers from which to choose it is time to start focusing on your Vegan Thanksgiving Main Course. This seems to be the thing that stumps new plant-based folks the most. “Whatever shall we eat instead of turkey?!”

Between you and me, you can make an entire meal out of just the side dishes but I know that some people really want a “main course.” Hey that’s cool with me. We have culled 14 Vegan Thanksgiving Main Courses that look fantastic! We’ve made several of them ourselves and they were wonderful!

As in the previous post we have labeled each of these as being oil-free, gluten-free, or soy-free as appropriate.  Our mission at Plantivores is to make a plant-based lifestyle more convenient, accessible and sustainable. Having an enjoyable Thanksgiving is one way to help you feel that a plant-based lifestyle is a wonderful way to eat, either sometimes or full-time!

Stay tuned for our next posts on side dishes and desserts.

Baked Chipotle Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos

Gluten-free, soy-free. Oil-free if you sauté in water.
Try this if you want something a little different with a Mexican twist on Thanksgiving.
Full recipe at Cadry’s Kitchen.

Celebration Pot Pie with Pumpkin Biscuit Crust

Full recipe at Fat Free Vegan.

Chickpea Cutlets

Make oil-free by sautéing veggies in water.
Full recipe at

Festive Chickpea Tart

Gluten-free (option), oil-free (option), soy-free.
Full recipe at PlantPoweredKitchen.

Holiday Citrus Stuffed Squash

Gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free (as long as you use oil-free hummus).
Full recipe at Lunch Box Bunch.

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash

Gluten-free, soy-free. Oil-free if you leave the oil out of the mashed potato/parsnip mix and sauté the veggies in water.
Full recipe at Food 52.

Pumpkin Ravioli and Hazelnut Tarragon Butter

It’s vegan ok? That’s all. But it seems simply divine.
Full recipe at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.

Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Mushrooms

Full recipe at Fat Free Vegan.

Sumptuous Shepherd’s Stew

Gluten-free. Make oil-free by sautéing the tofu in water or baking it.
Full recipe at Veg News.

Sweet Potato Lasagna

Full recipe at Engine 2 Diet.

Sweet and Sassy Sweet Potato Pita Pockets

Soy-free. Make gluten-free by not using pita bread and using another type of wrap or pocket. Make oil-free by not rubbing oil on the pita bread and using oil-free hummus.
Full recipe at Lunch Box Bunch.

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

Gluten-free, oil-free. We made this recently as a trial run and it was pretty tasty. The gravy recipe in this post was delicious!
Full recipe at Fat Free Vegan.

Tofu Stuffed with Brown Rice and Mushroom Dressing

Gluten-free if you use gluten-free flour. Oil-free if you leave out the sesame oil in the tofu marinade.
Full recipe at Fat Free Vegan.

Veggie Pot Pie

Oil-free, soy-free. Gluten-free if you make the biscuits using gluten-free flour.
We made this last year for Thanksgiving and it is a delicious and comforting fall dish. Instead of frozen veggies we used fresh veggies.
Full recipe at Happy Herbivore.

Bon apetit!

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