Slideshow: 21 Vegetarian Mains for Thanksgiving

Easy Awesome Eggplant Tian
Easy Awesome Eggplant Tian

Rather than breading and frying the eggplant, this twist on eggplant Parm calls for roasting the eggplant in a vinaigrette of olive oil, garlic, and balsamic vinegar, sweetening the slices as they roast.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Ultra-Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
Ultra-Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

You won't miss the meat in this creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna, packed with a mix of whole-fat cottage cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Rigatoni with Mushroom Ragu, Fresh Mozzarella, and Truffle
Rigatoni with Mushroom Ragu, Fresh Mozzarella, and Truffle

Carrots, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, and mushrooms are blended to create a pasta sauce that takes on the dark, thick, and chunky texture of a beef-based sauce that will leave even your meat lovers feeling satisfied.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Carmargue Red Rice Salad
Carmargue Red Rice Salad

If you can't get your hands on Carmague red rice, substitute it for a wild rice blend that'll bring you a salad full of flavor and texture.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Baked Kale-Stuffed Delicata Squash
Baked Kale-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Kale, apples, and leeks are cooked down with garlic, raisins, and thyme for a sweet and savory stuffing. The squash is topped off with breadcrumbs, cheese, and butter, which bake into a crisp, nutty crust.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin
Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin

This casserole combines the contrasting textures of creamed greens, white beans, and a crunchy layer of cheesy breadcrumbs. Best of all, it can be prepared ahead of time and baked right alongside any other dishes that you plan to stick in the oven.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Vegetarian Maqluba (Rice Layered With Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Cauliflower)
Vegetarian Maqluba (Rice Layered With Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Cauliflower)

A fragrant, layered dish of basmati rice, roasted cauliflower and eggplant, and fresh tomatoes is so flavorful and complex that you can easily drop the chicken that's traditional to maqluba.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Parisian Gnocchi Soufflé
Parisian Gnocchi Soufflé

Covering browned gnocchi with a blanket of Parmesan cheese and sticking it under the broiler will bring you a puffed and crisp soufflé creation that'll have your guests lining up for seconds.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Eggplant With Spicy Tomato Sauce
Eggplant With Spicy Tomato Sauce

Light and healthy, this dish can be served over couscous or with bread on the side to soak up the delicious spicy tomato sauce.

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[Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]

Crunchy Cauliflower Casserole
Crunchy Cauliflower Casserole

Cut back on the usual Thanksgiving carbohydrate intake with this creamy cauliflower casserole that mimics the carby foods that we love so much.

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[Photograph: Stephanie Stiavetti]

Fainting Imam (Turkish Baked Stuffed Eggplant)
Fainting Imam (Turkish Baked Stuffed Eggplant)

Eggplant has a meaty quality that makes it a great vegetarian substitute. Top the baked vegetable with yogurt, mint, toasted nuts, and pomegranate molasses, and you're good to go.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers with Cashew-Chipotle Sauce
Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers with Cashew-Chipotle Sauce

Roasted poblanos are stuffed with rice, raisins, and capers, smothered in a cashew-based salsa, and baked with cheese. Need we say more?

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Zucchini Parmesan
Zucchini Parmesan

This forgiving dish can be assembled in advance and kept in the fridge. Better yet, it can be frozen and baked at a later date. And if you're looking to save even more time, feel free to substitute the sauce for a jarred variety.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Cannelloni with Braised Escarole and Butter Beans (Vegan)
Sweet Potato and Mushroom Cannelloni with Braised Escarole and Butter Beans (Vegan)

With a sweet potato purée and savory wild mushroom filling, the cannelloni make a hearty, satisfying centerpiece.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Vegan: The Best Vegetarian Bean Chili
Vegan: The Best Vegetarian Bean Chili

A slow-cooked, 100% vegan chili has the richness, textures, and deep chili flavor that the best chili should have, all without the meat!

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Vegan: Black Bean and Squash Chili
Vegan: Black Bean and Squash Chili

This quick chili gets its substance from butternut squash, peppers, and black beans, with cubed avocado and cheese shavings delivering a creaminess that offsets the heat from the peppers.

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[Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]