17 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones, delivering gratitude and reflecting on how to give back to your community. Oh, and the food! This special holiday is also all about the food. But, rather than sweating and toiling in the kitchen all day long, most folks would rather be able to spend the bulk of their day enjoying rich, seasonal dishes with family and friends.

There are plenty of ways to work around spending hours over the stove, including selecting dishes you can make ahead of time. All of these dishes can be prepared before the big day so you can heat and serve right before dinnertime. The hardest part might be picking which one sounds most delicious!

15 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

1. Tofu and Vegetable Pot Pie

Few things warm the belly like a flaky, flavorful pot pie. This one includes tofu for a protein-punch.

2. Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto With Fresh Herbs

Risotto is the ultimate make-ahead dish, since it soaks up all the flavors the next day.

3. Lightened-Up Vegetable Lasagna Casserole

For those who want to go light on pastas and grains, fill them up with this veggie noodle-based casserole. It’s super easy and super (vegan) cheesy.

4. One-Pot Rice and Curried Butternut Squash

Throw this dish together the night before and simply heat it up on the stove while guests are nibbling on appetizers. The spice will definitely warm them up!

15 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

5. Glazed Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf

This nutty, toothsome loaf will appease both meat-eaters and vegheads at the table. The hint of sweetness from the apples is a nice touch.

6. Potato and Portobello Mushroom Gratin

Mushrooms always provide a satisfying, earthy flavor to main dishes. Whip up this gratin casserole the night before and pop it in the oven before guests arrive.

7. Herbed Tofu Quiche

Slice up some tofu quiche—customized with your favorite herbs and vegetables—and you will probably get more than a few people asking for the recipe before you part ways.

8. Squashy Black Bean Stew

Use fresh squash or canned pumpkin to make this delicious and hearty stew.

15 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

9. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake

Italian-inspired dishes may not be traditional Thanksgiving fare, but this course will surely please everyone’s palates.

10. Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce

A fun twist on a traditional lentil loaf, these “balls” are easy to make and easy to serve.

11. Butternut Squash Jambalaya

For the spice-lovers in the crowd, why not mix things up and heat up some jambalaya for a main course?

15 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

12. Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili

In true “set it and forget it” style, throw the ingredients for this pumpkin chili in the slow cooker in the morning and it will do all the work for you by dinnertime.

13. Potato Chorizo Bake

The delicious flavors of vegan chorizo pair well with the chewy texture of potatoes in this nonconventional Thanksgiving feature.

14. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Spruce up your mac and cheese main with some seasonal pumpkin flavor! Mac and Cheese freezes very well. To re-heat, put foil over and heat through in the oven.

15 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Main Courses for Thanksgiving

15. Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Risotto

Everyone loves a creamy, savory risotto. This dish with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes will not disappoint.

16. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie may be a little more labor intensive than other dishes, but it will keep well in the fridge overnight so you can pop it in the oven before dinner.

17. Portobello Pot Roast

In a unique twist on the meaty main, portobellos take the stage in this savory course.

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