[#LinkLove!] Don't stuff yourself on stuffing! Eight veg-friendly, protein-rich Thanksgiving dishes

By: Rachel, with research by Denise Ulloa


So. Thanksgiving is coming. You’re not eating turkey. But what are you going to have?


Sure, you can build a meat-free meal of stuffing, yams, and string beans. But there’s something about overloading on sides that can make you feel kind of empty.


The reason: Protein. As we’ve said 100 times or so by now, it’s not hard to get enough protein from day to day as a vegetarian. But it’s also common to take the meat off of your plate and find yourself left with nothing but carbs, carbs, and more carbs. In other words, a meal that will fill your belly temporarily, but not leave you feeling satisfied one, two, and three hours later. Which can be kind of a problem when dessert comes out, and you feel like you haven't eaten in days. 


We’ve compiled a roundup of protein-rich, Thanksgiving-worthy dishes that would complement any holiday table. Throw one of them together and bring it as your contribution to the big dinner. And this time, when well-meaning Great Aunt Gertrude asks (with a raised eyebrow) how you’re getting enough protein now that you’re a vegetarian, you can simply offer her a taste.


Harvest-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from Chef Chloe Coscarelli (vegan) 


Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffed Shells from The Corner Kitchen (contains dairy) 


Quinoa Salad With Sweet Potatoes and Apples from Food & Wine (vegan, gluten free) 


Mushroom Fennel Quinoa Stuffing from Skinnytaste (vegan, gluten free) 


Lasagna with Fall Vegetables from Cooking Light (contains dairy) 


White Beans with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes from Food & Wine (vegan, gluten free)


Pumpkin Seed Crusted Tempeh with Roasted Ginger-Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cranberry Orange Relish from Candle Café (vegan) 


Glazed Lentil, Walnut, Apple Loaf from Oh She Glows (vegan) 


Let us know if you try any of these, and what other recipes you’ll be using to prevent carb coma this Thanksgiving!