Thanksgiving is coming around the corner—do you know what you’re serving? No need to worry with my guide to 20+ VEGAN Thanksgiving recipes!
Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I’ve been tinkering around testing recipes and I’ve come up with a delicious Thanksgiving feast for you! I tend to be pretty traditional when it comes to the holidays, so I stick to this basic formula: a main dish, potatoes, an orange and a green veggie dish, salad, some stuffing, some cranberries and maybe a beverage? Oh, and dessert. Never forget dessert. Check out the 20+ recipes below and choose your favorites to take center stage this Thanksgiving!
Brunch: Let’s face it—dinner is the main event on Thanksgiving Day! But….you’re not going to make it to dinner without a little sustenance. I’ve got two easy options for you! My Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding is super easy to put together—a perfect 1-dish breakfast! And my Pumpkin Spice Waffles can be made start to finish in 15 minutes!
I don’t know about you, but for Thanksgiving dinner I always feel like a main course is a little overrated. Long before I was a vegan I loaded up on the sides and skimped/skipped the main. So as a vegan I don’t feel a lot of pressure to make a main dish. That said, I really love my Seitan Marbella—it’s seitan simmered in a sweet white wine sauce with dried plums and olives. So simple, and comes together in just 30 minutes! It’s a great main course for a festive occasion! Or for a more rustic Thanksgiving meal try my hearty Hash Brown Shepherds’ Pie—earthy veggies and seitan stewed in red wine and topped with crispy hashed brown potatoes!
My mom and I always make a big batch of potatoes, then divide them in two, and doctor them up as we both see fit. My favorite kind of mashed potatoes are loaded with garlic and olive oil, and drowning in onion gravy! If you prefer roasted potatoes, try my Crispy Roasted Potatoes with a secret ingredient—polenta!
I love sweet potatoes, and this year I’ll be making my new Maple Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes. They are sweet and smokey, and SO easy! If you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes (Irving isn’t!), you might prefer my Maple Coconut Roasted Carrots—also delicious! For an updated spin on a sweet potatoes, try Emily’s Vegan Coconut Sweet Potato Casserole!
Green Bean casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish for a reason. It’s creamy, flavorful and delicious! I took some inspiration from Mad Men when I created the recipe for this dish. I have made it dozens of times and it is always a hit! Or try Lauren’s Cinnamon Glazed Brussels Sprouts—delicious! Hint: if you’re oven is finicky like mine keep an eye on them in the broiler!
Soup is always a perfect choice in the fall! My Carrot Soup is so delicious, and beautiful too! Go all out on the garnishes, or choose to leave the soup on it’s own depending on the size of spread you have! Or if you’re feeling festive, try my Pumpkin Curry Soup with a hint of rum!
My Big Chickie Kale Salad is a perfect light salad to pair with a heavy meal. The lemon vinaigrette keeps it nice and light, and the raw kale is a great balance to richer foods. (Or check out the cranberry version of this same salad!) Of course, if you want to be really seasonal, any salad with my Pumpkin Vinaigrette would be equally delicious, for all of the same reasons. You’ve just gotta have a fresh salad!
Last year I made Richa’s Cornbread Stuffing and it was really good! This year I think I will try Julie’s “Best Vegan Stuffing Ever”—it looks really similar to the one my dad always makes! And if you really want to cheat—get a box mix of cornbread, sub in dairy free milk, flax eggs (1T flax meal mixed with 3T water), and sub pumpkin puree for part/all of the oil and you’ve got yourself a REALLY easy Pumpkin Cornbread.
My dad has made his Cranberry Orange Relish for as long as I can remember. It’s just not Thanksgiving to me without it.
I’ve got two show stopping desserts for you! Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Ginger for the chocolate fans, and Apple Pie for those who prefer a fruity dessert. Here’s the secret though—you don’t have to choose. You can make them both and eat them both too!
After all that food prep I think I need a drink! Might I suggest Becky’s Mulled Apple Cider? You can spike it or not—your choice, which makes it a perfect option for a crowd. I bet my boys would love the kids version!
Hope this gives you a great start to your Thanksgiving planning! If you are going to be a guest in someone else’s home, offer to bring a few side dishes that you would be happy eating if there aren’t any other vegan options. And ask the host to do some simple things like save you a few potatoes to mash on your own, or serve salad with the cheese on the side. And if you’re the host you’ll get the opportunity to show your friends and family how delicious and satisfying vegan food is! Have a great time!!!
And don’t forget—all of those leftovers make a delicious bow meal the next day. Start with a base of mashed potatoes, load up your other leftovers, and drizzle liberally with gravy! Yum!