9 showstopping vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes

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Aside from the proliferation of cut-out paper pilgrims and clusters of Indian corn, nothing says "Thanksgiving" like a big dead bird center-stage on the table. For those of us who prefer our birds pecking around in the fields rather than plucked and on the plate, the lack of said dead bird leaves the Thanksgiving table looking a bit barren.

For vegetarians who are attached to the tofu simulation of the traditional tom turkey, more power to you. But for the rest of us who might wish to avoid the ovoid ball of soy (or heaven forbid, the bird-carcass shaped version with its stubby faux drumstick nubs), where to turn? How do vegetarians compete with a big turkey centerpiece? And how to keep the omnivorous guests happy too?

With any of these bird-free main courses, that's how.

1. Stuffed Pumpkin with Quinoa, Butternut and Cranberries

This recipe for Stuffed Pumpkin with Quinoa, Butternut and Cranberries offers a lot of bang for the buck, and is a beauty to behold. Seriously, who needs a turkey when you have a stuffed pumpkin?

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