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The $64,000 question for Thanksgiving with vegetarians is what to do about the main course. There are two schools of thought:

  1. An entree is really important; a meal isn t a meal unless there is something is in the middle of the plate.
  2. Don t worry about it. The turkey, after all, is only one of about two hundred and sixty seven things on the table; most of the rest of them are vegetarian anyhow. It is one meal a year, just let the vegetarians eat all the delicious side dishes and save them an extra slice of pumpkin pie. (Like how I slipped that pie part in there?)

Personally, I m more in camp 2, at least if I m joining an omnivorous Thanksgiving. It just isn t that big of a deal to me to be worth making a veg entree when there is so much else to eat. But if I was putting on my own fully vegetarian Thanksgiving, I d pick one of these main courses:

And if you wanted to mix up the traditional side dishes a bit, here are some nice warm, seasonally appropriate options. Soups:

Salad:

Appetizers:

Side Dishes:

And course, you gotta have:

Something sweet?

I hope this list is helpful! If you need any more suggestions (soups? appetizers? dessert?) or ideas for combinations that will work well with other things you are serving, just add a comment below and I d be happy to help you brainstorm.

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