Drool-Worthy Vegetarian Holiday Entrees

More and more dinner guests are looking for vegetarian and vegan options on the holiday table. With a hectic holiday cooking schedule in mind, our goal was to come up with simple, time-saving options that are hearty enough to satisfy — and even appeal to — meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Trust us, your guests will forget all about that bird.

Creamy Kabocha Squash Rice

The ultimate comfort food, this simple, oven-cooked version of risotto is irresistibly creamy.

This gluten-free dish offers a twist on the classic Italian risotto and will have everyone thinking you slaved over a hot stove all day. Hey, no one has to know how little effort it took to make such a satisfying treat … right? The festive orange color fits perfectly at the holiday table and the super creamy texture feels like a big warm hug.

Leek and Mushroom Tart

A rich and comforting vegetarian tart that’s perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

We opted for store-bought puff pastry to dramatically trim the time it took to create this elegant, rich and satisfying tart. The leeks and mushrooms can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated, so all you have to do is whip up the filling and pop it in the oven before your guests arrive.

Curried Chickpea Stew and Farro-Stuffed Squash

This hearty, protein-rich vegan dish is served in a tasty roasted squash for dramatic effect.

These cute and tasty little stuffed squashes are a fantastic vegan option and will make all of your guests feel thankful — carnivores included. Simple to make, each of the elements can be prepared days ahead of time to minimize prep on a busy day.

Creamy Slow Cooker Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms

Pour any leftover polenta into an oiled baking dish and cover for later use. Serve firm polenta sauteed or grilled.

For this gluten-free dish, we took advantage of a holiday cooking superstar: the slow cooker. No need to stand and stir to create some of the creamiest polenta we’ve had. And once it’s done, the cooker keeps the dish warm until you’re ready to serve. Sometimes it takes a recipe like this to remind us why we’re so thankful for this genius cooking appliance.

Pumpkin Cauliflower Lasagna

Perfect for fall, this vegetarian lasagna features nutty cauliflower and a subtle pumpkin flavor.

We’re pumpkin crazy this time of year, so why not pumpkin lasagna? This seasonal spin offers a colorful alternative for the holiday table. Canned pumpkin replaces tomato sauce and minimal prep time means this dish comes together quickly.

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