Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for Four
Planning a smaller-scale vegetarian Thanksgiving this year? We've got you covered! These top-rated vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes have been scaled for four guests. To plan your meatless meal, mix and match recipes from three menus — featuring tofu faux turkey, a vegan nut roast, or a holiday seitan roast — plus all the classic sides to round out a special holiday dinner for four. Every option here is plant-based, and many dishes are vegan friendly, too.
Tofu Turkey II
Tofu is formed into a mold, then stuffed with a bread stuffing mix, and baked. Slice it into wedges and serve with your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. "This is an incredibly delicious and guilt-free alternative to the traditional bird, and I make it every holiday," says Holly.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Low-Fat)
Baby red potatoes are mashed with almond milk, lemon juice, and a soy-free buttery spread. "I have recently gone vegan, which I love, but I missed one of my favorite things, mashed potatoes," says vegeblonde. "I decided to create a simple vegan and soy-free recipe for the non-chef — me!"
Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy
"This gravy is sure to please any vegetarian or even non-vegetarian. It's flavorful, rich, and is as good on turkey as it is on a vegetarian meatloaf or mashed potatoes. It can be made in advance, stored in the fridge, and reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave."
Vegan Baked Carrots
Carrots are combined with olive oil, orange juice, and cumin and baked until tender and delicious. "This is one of our favorite holiday meal sides!" says Diana71. "The carrots are baked to perfection, so tender and delicious!"
Harvest Vegan Nut Roast
Here's another meatless main dish option for Thanksgiving dinner. "This vegan recipe can be made with many different variations," says Maryanne. "Try using different nuts and different vegetable combinations. To make pecan or sunflower meal run pecans or sunflower seeds through the blender until very finely chopped."
Moe's Fabulous Mashed Potatoes
"These are, hands down, the best mashed potatoes I have ever had — and so very easy to make," says Morgan. "You can also use soy milk and non-dairy butter for vegans. I make a side batch vegan-style for my brother and his friends, and they say it tastes great."
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
"This vegan and vegetarian mushroom gravy is rich, thick, and creamy, but without using any dairy!" says fabeveryday. "It is also quick and easy to make."
Classy Chanterelle Mushrooms and Potatoes
Chanterelle mushrooms pair with seasoned potatoes and crispy sage. "An easy, unique, and unforgettable side dish on your holiday table," says Soup Loving Nicole.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
"This recipe is from my mother. It may sound strange, but these are really good and very easy to make," says JAQATAC. "The Brussels sprouts should be brown with a bit of black on the outside when done. Any leftovers can be reheated or even just eaten cold from the fridge. I don't know how, but they taste sweet and salty at the same time!"
Holiday Seitan Roast
"A rich, dense 'roast' for the holidays that slices into festive medallions. I serve this like a roast, garnished with mushrooms and baby potatoes," says pho1962. "Mushroom gravy is also delicious with this."
Green Beans With Orange Olive Oil
"This is a side dish of fresh green beans tossed with orange-infused olive oil," SHACKL. "It's my favorite way to make green beans. Tasty and refreshing!"
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Simple seasonings create a tasty baked sweet potato side that's quick and easy. "Very healthy and tasty sweet potatoes that will be a great addition to any meal," says JENNCOOK. "Very easy!"