Butternut Squash Soup With Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Tart Apple will be right at home on your vegetarian or vegan spread. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)


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.

More Thanksgiving recipes:

Thanksgiving leftover ideas, by ingredient

Turkey: recipes for roasting, smoking and glazing

Mashed potatoes: easy Thanksgiving recipes

Green beans: Casseroles and other recipes

Holiday Guide 2011