Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all about the turkey. Who hasn’t been tempted by a plate full of those delicious side dishes? For those of the vegetarian or vegan persuasion, though, there isn’t really a choice. But that’s okay, because our Recipe Finder has plenty of ideas for those who don’t partake in meat or other animal products:
• Cranberry Jelly. So easy you won’t want to use a can again.
• Davidovas Family's Vegetarian Turkey Loaf. Here’s an option if you’re looking for a homemade stand-in for turkey.
• Mushroom-Miso-Mustard Gravy. The two types of miso and some white wine add depth to replace that certain something you might taste in a gravy of turkey origins.
• Pear and Red Onion Gratin. This low-calorie side can be made up to a day in advance.
• Persimmon, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad. Persimmons have been popping up at the grocery store. Use them in this refreshing dish.
• Vegetarian Roasted Mushroom Lasagna. A rich dish that has enough wow factor to appeal even to carnivores.
• Butternut Squash Soup With Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Tart Apple. The soup is creamy without any, well, cream.
• Jumbled Greens. This hearty side comes from chef Paul Prudhomme.
• Mashed Potatoes and Turnips. No need for dairy products here.
• No-Turkey "Turkey". Puff pastry glams up this centerpiece dish.
• Pear Harvest. Enjoy the fruit in four different forms.
• Tomato Lentil Sambhar. This Indian-inspired gravy also makes a nice soup.
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