10 Vegetarian Holiday Dishes

While turkey is still the star of any holiday meal, these simple recipes will make sure your holiday meal is a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Green Beans with Mixed Mushrooms1. Green Beans with Mixed Mushrooms: This light alternative to the classic green bean casserole will add a fresh-from-the-garden taste to your holiday meal with its green beans, variety of mushrooms, and thyme. Get the recipe!

Scalloped Potatoes with Green Onions2. Scalloped Potatoes with Green Onions: Creamy and cheesy, this potato casserole is the ultimate comfort food, and the green onions even add a little kick to each bite. Your dinner guests will be begging for the recipe all night. Get the recipe!

Maple-Cranberry Sweet Potatoes 3. Maple-Cranberry Sweet Potatoes: This alternative to the sweet potato casserole is not only a beautiful display but it's easy to prepare ahead of time. Make your syrup and potatoes the day before and just pop it in the oven 20 minutes before dinnertime. Get the recipe!

Butternut Squash and Pesto Rotini4. Butternut Squash and Pesto Rotini: This quick and easy pasta dish blends the sweetness of butternut squash with pesto's earthy flavor. Using packaged squash, it takes almost no time to prepare. Get the recipe!

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Double-Corn Spoonbread5. Double-Corn Spoonbread: This buttery and fluffy mix of cornmeal, corn kernels, and Parmesan cheese is rich with flavor without being too heavy. Get the recipe!

Apple Cider Braised Greens6. Apple Cider Braised Greens: This low-calorie dish, combining apples and greens, will surprise your dinner guests with its tangy flavor. You can prepare this dish up to two days in advance, which means less work for you on the day of the dinner. Get the recipe!

Cranberry-Apple Chutney7. Cranberry-Apple Chutney: Ditch the canned cranberry sauce this year for this homemade side dish full of flavor. The sweet and tart blend of cranberries, apples, and figs will excite your guests' taste buds. Get the recipe!

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Savory Broccoli-Cauliflower Roast8. Savory Broccoli-Cauliflower Roast: This low-cal vegetable dish is high in flavor with its citrus and olive garnish, making it a must-have on your holiday menu. Get the recipe!

Eggplant Parmigiana Pasta Bake9. Eggplant Parmigiana Pasta Bake: Whether or not you're Italian, this Eggplant Parmigiana dish makes the perfect main course for your holiday meal. This simple, yet delicious, main will have everybody going back for a second helping. Get the recipe!

Spiced Winter Fruit Compote10. Spiced Winter Fruit Compote: For vegetarians who don't eat eggs, this fruit compote with spiced brandy syrup is a perfect winter dessert. The sweet but natural flavor is sure to guests when paired with vanilla ice cream or served with a dollop of yogurt. Get the recipe!

What are your favorite vegetarian-friendly recipes for the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

-By Kristyn Lyncheski

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