Nuts are full of amazing health benefits. In addition to being good sources of fiber and protein, they are packed with omega-3 that are great for heart and brain health. Nuts of all kinds are great additions to a plant-based diet for their healthy fats and proteins. These nut-based recipes incorporate almonds, walnuts, pecans, and more into delicious, savory entrees for the holiday season. We have casseroles, savory loaves, and pasta dishes, all densely packed with nutty nutrition. Give one of these nut-based hearty dishes from the Food Monster App a try this Thanksgiving!
1. Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans
When you make this Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans by Florian Nouh, it’ll fill your home with the aroma of fall. Warming flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup are combined with sweet apple, hearty and comforting mashed sweet potato, and a creamy almond sauce that ties it all together. It’s topped with crunchy, buttery candied pecans to make a wonderful, fall-approved, and satisfying side dish.
2. Mushroom and Walnut Ravioli with Creamy Garlic Sauce
These delicious Mushroom and Walnut Ravioli with Creamy Garlic Sauce by Stephanie Davies are full of savory mushroom and walnut, perfectly complemented by the creamy garlic sauce. This feels like a luxury dinner!
3. Almond and Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms
4. Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecans and Brussels Sprouts
In this recipe, the flavors of roasted Brussels sprouts and maple pecans pair perfectly with creamy mashed sweet potato. This Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecans and Brussels Sprouts by Sonja Trurnit is warm, comforting, and earthy, yet so simple to make. The taste of each component on its own is delicious enough, but when combined, it becomes something special.
5. Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo
This Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo by Amanda Nicole Smith is a crowd-pleaser! Tender sweet potato mash is stuffed inside of a brown rice pasta shell, smothered in pasta, and topped with a dollop of creamy cashew alfredo sauce. Topped with herbs, this dish is elegant, satisfying, and surprisingly easy to make.
6. Chestnut and Lentil Loaf
Source: Chestnut and Lentil Loaf
The lentils and the rest of the ingredients in this Chestnut and Lentil Loaf by Kim Sujovolsky will give you nothing less than the meatiest vegan meatloaf. Although there are endless ways to make a lentil loaf, this one is using chestnuts, which makes this dish perfect for the holiday season, and really good next to any gravies or pan sauces, not to mention the simple addition of a little extra ketchup on the side.
7. Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping
This paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping by Taylor Kiser is the best dish for Thanksgiving! Vegan-friendly and gluten/grain/dairy/egg/sugar-free!
8. Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash
Source: Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash
Filled with natural sugars from the squash, packed full of vitamins and minerals to help you stay energized and happy. Not only is this Pecan Stuffed Butternut Squash by Maria Koutsogiannis extremely simple to make, it is also easy on the eyes, filled with fragrant flavors, and is gorgeous as a centerpiece. The pecan-stuffed slices are just stunning and adding that extra pop from the pomegranates adds a wow factor as well as a burst of fruity flavor!
9. Walnut Sage Orecchiette
Source: Walnut Sage Orecchiette
There is never enough pasta in this world. Pasta is always simple to make and satisfies your craving for starchy carbs. Instead of going for a thick tomato-based pasta, consider trying out this light and lemony Walnut Sage Orecchiette by Tracey Tytko. The sage has a nice herby aroma while the walnuts gives it a nutty and creamy texture. You can swap out the orecchiette for any pasta of your choice, but we’ve gotta say, the concave shape of this pasta makes it perfect for scooping up plenty of delicious sauce in each bite!
10. Pecan and Mushroom Wellington
Source: Pecan and Mushroom Wellington
This deliciously flaky and warm Pecan and Mushroom Wellington by Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey is a gorgeous dinner treat for any time of the year. A pastry sheet is filled with a savory and herbed mixture of mushrooms and pecans, topped with a lattice layer of strips, and then baked until golden brown. The crispiness of the pastry is so tantalizingly tasty, and pairs wonderfully with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables.
11. Sweet Potato Casserole With Rosemary Pecan Parmesan
This is not your traditional sweet potato casserole. This Sweet Potato Casserole With Rosemary Pecan Parmesan by Caroline Doucet is topped with a vegan rosemary pecan parmesan. The topping is bursting with flavor from garlic, rosemary, toasted pecans, and nutritional yeast. It makes a great sugar-free vegan Christmas dinner side dish.
12. Pumpkin Cannelloni With Almond Sauce
This isn’t your standard pumpkin dish! The tender Pumpkin Cannelloni With Almond Sauce by Florian Nouh are filled with savory pumpkin puree and topped with a creamy almond sauce … this is definitely a dish you want as the center of your holiday table!
13. Pecan-Crusted Tempeh Cutlets
Source: Pecan-Crusted Tempeh Cutlets
These festive Pecan-Crusted Tempeh Cutlets by Compassionate Cuisine, Linda Soper-Kolton and Sara Boan, with their rich pecan coating, make a gorgeous main dish for your holiday table. Taking the extra steps to do a three-step breading—seasoned flour, a flax egg, then pecans—ensures that the pecans won’t fall off the cutlets after they’re baked. Serve these pecan tempeh cutlets with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce for a simple, delicious holiday feast—no turkey required.
14. Nutty Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash
Quinoa gets an autumnal makeover as the filling for the melt-in-your-mouth Nutty Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash by Kelly Williams, and the spice combo evokes all the best fall flavors. A hint of cinnamon and maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness while the toasted nuts provide a little crunch. The filling would make an excellent gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing alternative on its own! As written, though, this recipe is a surprisingly satisfying and filling dinner any old time of year.
15. Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese
Source: Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese
This richly creamy, Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese by Dawn Kriss is ready in no time. Made from cashews and a blend of flavors that amp up the cheesy, umami flavor like nutritional yeast, garlic, mustard, and smoked paprika, you won’t believe that this classic dish is dairy-free. Just cook the pasta, blend the sauce ingredients together, and heat!
Try more nut-based recipes with these 15 Chestnut Recipes That Are (Mostly) not Over an Open Fire and these 15 Sweet Vegan Recipes Filled With The Power of Pecans!
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