Don't get us wrong, sometimes a meal made up of side dishes (or appetizers!) can be the best. But often at a big sit-down dinner, it's nice to have something special to take center stage—or center plate, in this case.

Here are nine vegetarian (and some vegan) main dishes to create a more vibrant, plant-centric table this holiday season.

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Cafe Delites

Full-size portobellos make an impressive main dish when stuffed with roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic.

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How Sweet It Is

A galette is a beautiful way to make vegetables the star of a dish—everyone will want a slice.

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Heartbeet Kitchen

This cauliflower is epic. Seasoned and roasted until nutty and tender with a fontina cheese sauce to go with it, this main is nothing short of impressive.

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Yes, More Please

Or root-a-touille. This decorative main takes a summer classic and gives it a more in-season feel.

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Vanessa Rees

Acorn squash look adorable as a serving vessel for even more seasonal flavors.

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Minimalist Baker

In addition to being a decadent-tasting, comforting dish, this vegan and gluten-free risotto takes only 30 minutes to make. Score!

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The Fitchen

A layered sweet potato and quinoa casserole with a spicy chipotle sauce that takes it the next level.

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Go unconventional and throw a Thai-inspired curry into the mix.

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The Colorful Kitchen

Stunning with its kaleidoscopic vibe, this vegetable tart will both brighten the table and make a satisfying vegan main.

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