Eating grain-free and vegan is can be a difficult task… and once the holidays roll around, it gets even tougher. It seems all of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes include dairy, meat, grains, or all three. So, we searched through our grain-free recipes on the Food Monster App and found some lovely entrées for you to enjoy at this year’s Thanksgiving feast. These dishes will fill you up just as a Thanksgiving meal should.
This simple-to-make comfort dish is sure to please this fall. Celeriac, which takes the place of potatoes in the filling, is really nutritious-it’s high in dietary fiber and protein as well as many crucial vitamins and minerals. This Mushroom and Celeriac Shepherd’s Pie recipe by Rachel Carr is so delicious and filling, you’ll feel just as full as the rest of the family!
2. Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplant
Source: Mediterranean Eggplant Boats
Source: “Cheesy” Veggie Divan
Chicken Divan is a casserole dish traditionally made with broccoli and a béchamel sauce that includes butter, cream, sherry, and cheese. Despite being so heavy in dairy, this classic recipe can easily be made vegan without sacrificing cheesy flavor or creamy texture! Diane Smith‘s “Cheesy” Veggie Divan sauce is made with super good-for-you cannellini beans and red roasted peppers. Plus, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli are all mixed in for some added nutritional value.
Source: Basil and Almond Tofu
Looking for a way to get crispy, warm tofu without having to deep fry it in oil? This recipe for basil crusted tofu forgoes oil by baking instead of pan frying or deep frying. The grain-free crust is made from a mixture of nuts, seeds, dried basil, and dried oregano. Molly Patrick‘s Basil and Almond Tofu recipe makes a delicious and protein-rich dish that is a perfect, grain-free entrée.
Double-Baked Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Spinach, and Rosemary is Maria Engbjerg‘s tribute to the fall and is the perfect accessory for the dinner table. Serve them with beautiful salad – make a dinner that is healthy, beautiful, and filling! This is a butternut squash recipe that gets twice as good for two laps in the oven!
Source: Spinach and Pepper Potato Bowls
Potato Bowls With Spinach Filling is a very simple but very creative recipe by Deniz Kilic. You already make stuffed mushrooms, peppers, eggplants, and more, so why not filled potato bowls? The ingredients are easy to find and familiar, but the end result is truly awesome.
Source: Fried Plantains in Tomato Gravy
Who says vegans have to skip the gravy? Rini Desai‘s Fried Plantains in Tomato Gravy recipe combines the sweet starchiness of the vegetable pairs well with the indulgent tomato gravy. It is so hearty, unique, and works perfectly as an entrée.
Source: Portobello Mushroom Steaks
Kathleen Henry‘s recipe for this juicy, Portobello Steak will satisfy your cravings and fill you up. Sautéed with onions, balsamic vinegar, mirin, and herbs it’s a compassionate alternative to traditional, Thanksgiving entrées.
Tagliatelle-style butternut squash noodles and meaty Chanterelle mushrooms are served with a rich, creamy cashew-based sauce that is gently spiced. This grain-free, Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta dish by Laura Kuklase is a great way to put your butternut squash to good use.
Bursting with the seasonal flavors of cranberry and rosemary, Kathryn Pfeffer-Scanlan‘s Stuffed Acorn Squash is a must-make for Thanksgiving. The simple, but flavorful filling combines onions with tender Shiitake mushrooms with fresh rosemary in fluffy quinoa. This healthy entrée is ready in just 40 minutes, but to make your day simpler, cook the quinoa ahead of time.
When you cut a head of cauliflower like you would a loaf of bread, the resulting slabs can be roasted and served as delicious steaks. These Roasted Cauliflower Steaks by VEGANIZE IT! are seasoned with a luscious lemony piccata sauce and mushrooms atop a serving of creamy mashed potatoes will be your new favorite way to serve this versatile veggie.
Claire Ragozzino‘s delicious Butternut Squash “Pasta” is the perfect light fall entrée. Butternut squash is spiralized, then paired with shallots, garlic, onion, fresh sage, and meaty Morel mushrooms. It’s then topped with a nut-free dandelion green and spinach pesto. If you can’t find Morels in your area, substitute with Chanterelle.
This is one of those epic meals that you and your friends will be talking about for months to come … these Lion’s Mane mushrooms are legitimately amazing! They are pressed and grilled before being slow roasted and drizzled with decidedly sticky and savory glazed onions and served atop a bed of fluffy whipped potatoes. Wicked Healthy‘s Lion’s Mane Mushroom ‘Liver’ and Onions recipe does take a bit of time and effort – but it’s totally worth it.
Spaghetti squash never goes out of fashion. When cooked, it separates into spaghetti-like strands which add a unique twist to your meal. So in this Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe by Laine Rudolfa, you’ll learn how to cook spaghetti squash boats with quinoa and caramelized onions. It’s perfect for serving at parties, gatherings with friends or family dinner.
It isn’t often that pasta is made grain-free! Try these Squash Ravioli by Alison Marras that contain delicious fall-flavor in a homemade ravioli shell! Grain-free raviolis with a seasonal filling, topped with a simple kale pesto and toasted pine nuts.
If you’re looking for more ideas for vegan, Thanksgiving Day meals, and not necessarily grain-free options check out 30 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides And Soups! If you need advice on popular Thanksgiving Meat Alternatives, Eating Gluten-Free On Thanksgiving, Fully Vegan Thanksgiving Menu Plans, or even Thanksgiving Desserts, we have all the resources you need to get through Thanksgiving Dinner like a champ!
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
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