Your favorite fancy Vegetarian/Vegan main dish?

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  1. ChocolateMouse

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    Ok, so, every year I have me a nice holiday party for Yule.

    While I'm not, I have several friends who are vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian etc. and a few people who have lactose intolerance. These friends attend my party of course.

    Every year I make one or two meat main courses and a vegan or lacto vegetarian main course to account for these people. But I'm looking for new ones because there's only so many variations on squash and mushrooms you can do. So I'm looking for your favorite recipe! The ABSOLUTE requirements are;

    Made with whole foods, not meat-ish plants like a tofurkey. Not that tofu is a problem, but like veggie bacons and vegan cheese and such are. So no fake meats/plants trying to take the place of meats/cheeses/etc.
    A good protein source like mushrooms or nuts or both. Or beans, etc. (This is why tofu is fine)
    Very holiday centerpiece! A bowl of soup isn't a very good centerpiece, roast carrots aren't a very good main dish, etc.
    Heckin tastes good. :(

    So some examples of things I've done in the past!
    https://www.marthastewart.com/946769/acorn-squash-stuffed-mushrooms-and-rice
    https://ohsheglows.com/2017/10/27/make-ahead-roasted-butternut-squash-casserole/ (but baked into a vegan pie crust with fancy cut out decorations)
    https://www.makingthymeforhealth.com/butternut-squash-risotto-stuffed-mushrooms/
    And a curried version of the mushrooms.

    You can see I'm in a bit of a squash-mushroom-nut.... Rut. So I would value your input! Please share your fancy holiday main dishes (vegetarian and lactose free are a must) that I can steal for my holiday! Thanks! I appreciate your input!
     
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  2. Aunt Angus

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    Squash is my vegetarian go-to. I've done acorn squashed stuffed with wild rice and everyone loved it - even the meatatarians. And roasted pumpkin stuffed with cranberry farro salad, and baked apples. Yum!
     
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  3. ChocolateMouse

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    Aunt Angus, that's mine too. Hence the list of what I've already done. I was hoping to branch out. :p

    The stuffed pumpkin sounds nice, though! I could carve fanciful patterns into the skin of small ones....

    I guess I was hoping for something newer though...!
     
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    It's soooooo good and so pretty! I've stuffed pumpkins with typical stuffing, too, but I don't make that particular dish vegan, but you could! I've stuffed it with both cranberry farro salad and pomegranate farro salad.

    Oh! Veganor vegetarian pot pies/shepherd's pie, too! You can make a crust on the bottom with rice cauliflower to make it vegan, if you can't find a vegan pastry that works.
     
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  5. My son in law makes a stunning curry with garbanzos, potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms and you could put squash in. Then curry spice. It is yummy and good reheated.
     
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  6. ChocolateMouse

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    We have vegan pie crusts and pepperidge farm puff pastry is vegan too and is my go-to for veg*n crusts that can be found anywhere. :)

    Curry isn't really main-dish-y. It's more of a soup... And squash is NOT a requirement!
     
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    That sounds fantastic!!!
     
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    I disagree! :gig
     
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  9. ChocolateMouse

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    :p
     
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    Love this topic, btw. I'm always looking for things to entice my fam to join me in mg plant-based ways.
     
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