12 Thanksgiving Sides or Vegetarian Mains


Goodmotherdiet Thanksgiving Sides3

I am on vacation and very far from my kitchen.  Picture my toes with their freshly painted nails digging into the sand, a good book in my hands and warm waves lapping the shore.  Yes, I am at the beach and before packing for my trip, I had to do the dreaded errand most females I know over the age of 13 put off as long as possible – bathing suit shopping.  Oh the horrors! Bottoms that fit – tops that don’t. Everything all tucked in?  Front okay – back, hmmm… I may be a bit curvier than in my youth and just possibly, a bit more  self conscious modest. too.   Luckily, they also sell cute cover ups and big floppy hats…and after a margarita or two, who cares, right? But, I digress…

Since my kitchen is taking a short break,  in lieu of new recipes this week, I have collected a dozen of my favorite vegetarian and vegan dishes which would be perfect for Meatless Monday or as sides for your Thanksgiving dinner or vegetarian (and vegan) main courses. Luckily, most of these recipes are healthy and naturally low fat so won’t add to the ‘winter layer’ we seem to start putting on this time of year. Clicking on any link will take you to the recipe and original blog post. On Wednesday I will post 10 of My Favorite Soups so check back or Follow so you don’t miss it. Lots of sharing buttons below too… Share with your friends! xoxo J

Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad4

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Eggplant Tart2

Vegetable Tart

Acorn Slices1

Acorn Squash Rings with Cornbread Stuffing

Butternut Squash Gratin15

Butternut Squash Leek and Apple Gratin

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers3

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Brussels Sprouts1

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Shallots and Toasted Pinenuts

Root Vegetable Tian3

Root Vegetable Tian with Goat Cheese and Crispy Shallots

Roasted Acorn Squash1

Roasted Maple Glazed Acorn Squash with Apples and Pecans over Rainbow Quinoa


Tabouleh (grain free)

Marinating Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello Mushroom Stuffed with Eggplant and Gorgonzola

Black Rice Dish

Black and Wild Rice with Roasted Squash and Pomegranate