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20 Festive Vegetarian & Vegan Main Dishes You Can Bring To A Party

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Many people follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, and finding a festive main dish can often be a challenge. Here are 20 main dishes that are particularly welcomed at the holidays and for parties. Pot pies, shepherd’s pie, stuffed squashes, warm main dish salads, soups, even roasted gnocchi. These will even satisfy the meat eaters at the table.

Vegan Gluten-Free Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low FODMAP Pot Pie in casserole dish and on plate
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Jam-packed with root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, as well as kale, meaty mushrooms (oyster ‘shrooms!), miso for umami, a light thyme-scented sauce made with Vegetable Broth and unsweetened almond milk.

All of this is topped with “buttery”, super-simple drop biscuits made with gluten-free flour and vegan “butter” spread. Get the recipe.

Loaded Vegetarian Stuffing

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We know this says this is merely a “stuffing” but it is so hearty, it can function as a main attraction. Look at the ingredients: sourdough bread, winter squash, chestnuts, grapes, scallions, leek greens, kale, fresh herbs and more.

Roasted Gnocchi With Tomatoes

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Roasted Gnocchi With Tomatoes recipe. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Have you ever oven-roasted prepared gnocchi? You will never boil them again! This one-pan wonder will blow you away. Juicy roasted tomatoes, fresh arugula and basil, along with gluten-free potato gnocchi are so much more than a sum of the parts. Get the recipe.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

low FODMAP stuffed zucchini boats in glass baking dish and also alongside on white plate with fork
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Our Low FODMAP Stuffed Zucchini Boats are vegetarian, feature a rice, tofu and cheese filling and are covered with tomato sauce and more cheese. Please note that this recipe is for those who are in their Challenge Phase or beyond (more on that below). Get the recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

Root Vegetable Soup

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Root Vegetable Soup. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Potatoes, parsnips, and carrots puréed make a creamy soup, with no added dairy. It all starts with sautéing scallion greens in garlic-oil. And only 5 minutes of prep and about 35 minutes of simmering. Get the recipe.

Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana

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Are you looking for a quick and easy, light eggplant Parmesan? With no breading and reduced calories? This Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana is the recipe for you. We like this version as a side dish. Get the recipe for Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana.

Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad       

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Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad recipe. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad is hearty enough for a main dish at lunch, or add a small amount of roasted meat, chicken, fish or tofu for dinner. The quinoa is protein-packed and easy to cook. Combined with fresh herbs and nuts and fresh, juicy pomegranate seeds, this is a memorable salad. Company worthy. Get the recipe.

Roasted Pumpkin Baked Pasta with Sage

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Roasted Pumpkin Baked Pasta with Sage is hearty, yet a bit elegant. Gluten-free pasta combined with roasted kabocha squash (also called pumpkin), red bell peppers and kale with Garlic-Infused Oil along with marinara, fresh mozzarella and sage. Comfort food, easy to make, and will please everyone at the party. Reheats well, too. Get the recipe.

Vegetable Soup with Beans & Pasta

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Vegetable Soup with Beans & Pasta recipe. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Want a hearty plant-based soup that has tons of fiber and protein? Look no further than this soup with many kinds of vegetables, vegetable broth, pasta, and beans. We have a recipe for the broth, but you can use purchased as well. Get the recipe.

Polenta with Mushrooms & Kale

Low FODMAP Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale on an aqua plate
Polenta with Mushrooms & Kale recipe. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Looking for a vegan fall and winter main dish? This recipe for Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale will please vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The polenta is purchased in logs and ready to go, which means that this elegant dish can be whipped up on a weeknight. The mushrooms are simply sautéed in a skillet with garlicky oil and seasoning and ladled over the crisp polenta rounds. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Vegan Bolognese With Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Vegan Bolognese With Mushrooms. Photo credit: Iryna from Lavender & Macarons.

This is best Vegan Bolognese made with Portobello mushrooms and in a comfort of your slow cooker! The recipe packs a flavor punch and perfect for meat-eaters in your family. They won’t be able to tell it’s vegan. Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Vegan Bolognese With Mushrooms.

Vegan Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

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Ready in an hour, this flavor-packed and aromatic vegan pot pie is a convenient one-pot meal the whole family will love. Loaded with six different vegetables and tender king oyster mushrooms instead of chicken, it is an easy-to-make comfort food that will fill you up without weighing you down! Get the recipe.

Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Wellington

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It is a delicious, vegan Wellington with roasted butternut squash wrapped around in sautéed rosemary walnut mushroom filling baked in a puff pastry shell. It is an exquisite and spectacular main course for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday! Get the recipe.

Grain-Free Juicy Vegan Lentil Loaf

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The best vegan lentil loaf should be rich, moist, juicy, and easy to make. The good news is that you don’t need to look any further. Jump to the recipe and check out how our secret ingredient makes this Lentil Loaf the best. We are so proud of this recipe we have perfected through several tests. We hope you’ll fall in love with it too. Get the recipe.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (No Lentils – Veggies Only)

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This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (or Vegan Cottage Pie) is true comfort food for fall and for winter with rainbow carrots, zucchini (courgette) and eggplant (aubergine) topped with creamy vegan mashed potatoes. If you are looking for a Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie recipe for Thanksgiving or for Christmas with a light veggie stew filling (no lentils, no grains, no soy, and no nuts), this is the one to check out. Get the recipe.

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms & Chickpeas

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Ultimate Stuffed Acorn Squash With Mushrooms And Chickpeas is perfect for the holidays. With mushrooms, rice, chickpeas and cranberries, this healthy autumn-inspired dish is packed with protein and fiber. This veggie stuffed squash is vegan and gluten-free, yet it’s sure to please meat eaters, too. Get the recipe.

Easy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

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This creamy and one-pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. It’s the ultimate comfort dish that gets along nicely with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. What’s even better? It’s easy to make with everyday ingredients. Get the recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Bean And Quinoa Salad

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This Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Bean And Quinoa Salad is one of the easiest, most flavorful fall salad recipes, full of nutrients and healthy ingredients. Served warm or cold, this delicious salad is also a great make-ahead lunch for work or back to school. Vegan and Gluten-free. Get the recipe.

Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash Boats with Black Beans and Quinoa

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These vegan stuffed butternut squash boats are filled with black beans, quinoa, and fire roasted tomatoes. With southwestern spices and topped with cilantro and avocado, you’ll have a healthy, delicious and filling whole food plant-based meal. Get the recipe.

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice

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This Vegan Stuffed Acorn Aquash is filled with a gluten-free wild rice stuffing with flavors of carrots, red pepper, celery, and onions. It makes an excellent vegan main dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Get the recipe.

Looking For Dairy Free Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts?

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This article will discuss the low FODMAP ice cream and frozen desserts that you can find in supermarkets and restaurants, as well as our own exclusive recipes, and will include information on dairy based as well as alt milk frozen desserts and recipes. Click here for Dairy Free Frozen Desserts Recipes.

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One-Pan Chicken with Artichokes & Olives. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson.

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