One more Vegetarian Thanksgiving post!  We’re running out of time – Thanksgiving is nearly here (can you believe it?). 


The big question for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, “But what do you eat for the entrée?”  Normally, I just say, “I eat all the sides… they’re the best part, anyway!” 


But, truthfully, it is nice to have an entrée to eat, too.  And the best thing about this meal is that everyone around the table can grab a bite – it makes a delicious side fish, too.

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(And hey – if you are going the turkey route, consider getting a locally-farmed bird to help support local farmers and sustainable practices.)


I’ve been rolling the idea for this meal around in my head for days.  I had a glorious butternut squash in the fridge, just waiting for a recipe. 


I was craving something cheesy and warm, and then I remembered Angela’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheeze recipe.  It’s been on my ‘to try’ list for ages, and I used her recipe as the basis for the sauce in this dish.


Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice Dish (makes six servings)



For the sauce:

  • 2 cups peeled and chopped butternut squashed
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup soy milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tablespoon cayenne powder 
  • Pinch salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


For the rice:

  • 4 cups brown rice (measured cooked)
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Cilantro for garnish



  • Cook brown rice according to package directions.
  • In a covered pot, steam chopped butternut squash in a covered pot with about 1/3 cup water for about 15 minutes, until soft.
  • Combine cooked butternut squash and all remaining sauce ingredients in food processor.
  • Chop broccoli and shred carrots.
  • Place broccoli and carrots in the covered pot with another 1/3 cup water and cook for 10 minutes, or until soft.
  • In bowl, combine warmed rice, beans, and vegetables.  Top with cheese sauce, garnish with cilantro, and serve.




I used Chinese rice takeout instead of prepping my own.  Lazy but fast.


I liked the fortune, though.  Smile


Thought of the Day:


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2011, 2:52 pm

    LOL, I’d say your fortune is very accurate! Ange’s butternut squash recipe is awesome, and same with her vegan lentil walnut loaf! It makes a great entree for vegetarians and vegans at Thanksgiving – or any time! You’ve got me hungry now just thinking about it!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 18, 2011, 2:54 pm

    I love this dish, looks wonderful! Lovely fortune too. 🙂 Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 18, 2011, 2:56 pm

    how true is that fortune?! crazy when that happens.

    i am fairly obsessed with butternut squash and cannot wait to try this recipe!! we’re hosting thanksgiving for my family and in laws and i’m making it much less meat-centric than it has been in the past. hoping no one will notice with delicious side dishes 🙂

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} November 18, 2011, 3:24 pm

    One Thanksgiving, I was a vegetarian (it only lasted 3 months…) and was totally satisfied with only the sides. Even though I eat meat now, I still enjoy the sides more than the turkey!

  • AJ November 18, 2011, 3:40 pm

    The Butternut Squash recipe sounds delicious! We’re having our usual this year- Vegetable strudel with sides of Butternut Squash soup and roasted brussel sprouts. My dad’s been making Veggie Strudel for Thanksgiving and Christmas ever since a an awful Tofurky experience one year when I was 10. It’s one of my favorite holiday dishes!

  • Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) November 18, 2011, 3:45 pm

    This looks great! I’m going to a friend’s house who will be making a turkey, but I’ve committed myself to bringing a hearty side dish and a vegan pie.

  • Army Amy* November 18, 2011, 3:56 pm

    The perfect fortune!*

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 18, 2011, 3:59 pm

    Such an accurate fortune! I have been wanting to try the butternut squash sauce!

  • Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife November 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Looks delicious! I have a butternut squash that needs using up–might give this a try!

  • Amanda November 18, 2011, 4:06 pm

    It’s definitely nice to have a vegetarian entree as an option. Truthfully, I pretty much always fill up on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie though. Total carb-fest. haha

    What a fitting fortune!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 18, 2011, 4:58 pm

    ooooh cheesy butternut squash sounds deeeelicious!

    LOVE that fortune–so perfect for YOU 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 18, 2011, 5:10 pm

    The sides ARE the best part! I was vegetarian and then vegan for years and never missed meat at Thanksgiving and I still don’t eat it. haha

    My sister is gluten free and my brother in law is vegetarian so we all work together to make tons of yummy food we can all eat without it tasting weird!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 18, 2011, 5:19 pm

    My main dish is the dressing smothered in gravy with pumpkin (or sweet potato) pie on the side. Being vegetarian has only encouraged me to eat the stuff I love on Thanksgiving. Those are the parts that make the meal for me! However, this does look amazing!

  • Sana November 18, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Sides are the best part 🙂

  • Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife November 18, 2011, 7:22 pm

    You should try Angela’s Vegan Pumpkin Mac N Cheese Sauce! Sooo good and super easy. No food processor or dealing with b-nut squash!

  • CJ @ November 18, 2011, 8:40 pm

    you know i am not a vegetarian so my family will be having a bird, but sometimes your recipes look way more enticing than some dry piece of white meat. perhaps i can convince them for next year!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 18, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I love when fortunes are spot on like that. Of course, all the other times they’re totally off base but whatever 😉

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 18, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Honestly, the sides really are the best part. I might just start forgoing the turkey…more room for sweet potatoes!!

  • Khushboo November 19, 2011, 12:15 am

    Sides really are the best part! I have a great vegan lentil loaf recipe- let ms know if you would like to take a look!

  • shah'ada @ from 280 to 26.2 November 19, 2011, 10:17 am

    and this is going on my vegan thanksgiving menu … holy delicious looking!!!

  • Jacquelynn November 19, 2011, 11:46 am

    When you steam the butternut squash, do you use a steam basket, or do you just put the squash directly into the water to steam?

    Looks so yummy!

    Also, your fortune is so perfect for this season of your life! <3

    • CaitlinHTP November 19, 2011, 11:52 am

      You could do it either way but I put it in the water. You could also roast it.

      • Jacquelynn November 20, 2011, 11:09 am


  • Amber K November 19, 2011, 1:49 pm

    That looks delicious! I love experimenting with new dishes.

  • Moni'sMeals November 19, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Love this idea! As a vegetarian myself, I know I can use a recipe like this on many occasions. 🙂

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