11/18/2015 06:01 am ET Updated Nov 14, 2017

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes For The Perfect Meat-Free Feast

Proof that the bird is not necessary.
Half Baked Harvest, Naturally Ella

Thanksgiving often feels like it's focused around the turkey, what with all the talk about thawing and brining, but that leaves out vegetarians and vegans from enjoying the feast, which is contrary to the very spirit of the holiday. Luckily, what Thanksgiving is really about is the side dishes, which are all vegetable centric. So really, making your Thanksgiving a meat-free one is a lot easier than you might think.

We put together a collection of vegetarian-friendly sides and some ideas for a main dish too, to replace the turkey. These dishes would satisfy even the most die-hard turkey fan. 

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