14 Perfectly-Satisfying Vegetarian Meals for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

You don't have to resort to imitation turkey.

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If you're a vegetarian, Thanksgiving dinner may be a bit underwhelming. You can't exactly fill up on your aunt's cranberry dressing. So we've rounded up our favorite protein- and flavor-packed recipes for the vegetarians in your family.

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash with Quinoa

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

This vegetarian side dish is a tasty addition to your Thanksgiving table. Fiber-rich and packed with vitamins, health-conscious guests will dig right in.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup in Serving Bowl With Ladle

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

No fall meal is complete without a piping-hot bowl of soup. A spiced-up version of the Thanksgiving favorite, this curried butternut squash soup is a warm and creamy addition to your meal. Serve in a large footed tureen and let guests serve themselves. Get the recipe: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/curried-butternut-squash-soup-with-fried-sage-leaves/index.html

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Herb Puffs on Blue and White Plates

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

These bite-sized balls of smoked, cheesy, herby goodness are the perfect appetizer for a dinner party. Just be careful — they’re so addictive that it’s impossible to eat just one or two (or three)!

Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

Host Giada de Laurentiis' dish, Pumpkin Alfredo Lasagna Rolls, as seen on Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Season 1.

Host Giada de Laurentiis' dish, Pumpkin Alfredo Lasagna Rolls, as seen on Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Season 1.

Photo by: Eddy Chen

Eddy Chen

Maple Sweet Potato Souffle

Individual Maple Sweet Potato Souffles

Maple Sweet Potato Souffles

Maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness to this light and airy Fall side dish. Top with toasted pecans for an earthy crunch.

Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant + Apple Salad

Giada De Laurentiis' Quinoa Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette for Ladies Empowerment Lunch as seen on Food Networks Giada at Home

Giada De Laurentiis' Quinoa Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette for Ladies Empowerment Lunch as seen on Food Networks Giada at Home

Photo by: Alice Gao

Alice Gao

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy the fall flavors of this slightly spicy pumpkin pasta dish.

Tasting Spicy Hazelnut Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy the fall flavors of this slightly spicy pumpkin pasta dish.

Make This: Spicy Pumpkin Pasta

Carrot Ginger Soup

Shot glasses full of carrot-ginger soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

This spicy, vegetarian carrot-ginger soup can be served hot or at room temperature. Spoon single servings into shot glasses for the perfect party-sized portion. Get the recipe.

Make This: Carrot Ginger Soup

Green Bean Casserole

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Photo by: Kana Okada Prop Stylist: Marina

Kana Okada Prop Stylist: Marina

Parmesan Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Biscuits with Parmesan, Cheddar, and Chives

Parmesan Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Fresh chives and both cheddar and Parmesan cheese give these soft, flaky biscuits a savory bite your guests will love.

Tofu Edamame Falafel

Falafels on a Stick

Tofu Edamame Falafel With Tofu Tahini

Serve these tasty bites as a warm appetizer that both vegetarians and meat lovers will enjoy.

Photo by: Courtesy Lee Anne Wong ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Courtesy Lee Anne Wong, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

A combination of three tasty cheeses — white Cheddar, Gruyère and Swiss — make this mac 'n' cheese a creamy comfort food that's destined to become a go-to indulgence.

Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted Root Vegetables

Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted root vegetables are a hearty seasonal staple of many tables in the fall. Seasoned with olive oil, thyme and citrus, this fresh take is sure to become one of your family's favorite dishes.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving Side Dish

Roasted Butternut Squash With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Savory and flavorful, butternut squash tops the list of favorite fall side dishes. As a tasty twist, top this healthy comfort food with toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch.

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