Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? Thanks to the experiments of innovative vegans, plant-based eaters no longer have to fear this holiday. Gone are the days when Thanksgiving as a vegan meant picking at the mashed potatoes and hoping someone remembered to bring a salad. You might still have to deal with some jokes about Tofurky, but if you include recipes from this roundup in your holiday spread, it won’t be long before everyone’s too busy to say anything except, “Mmmmmm…”
I usually give a little blurb about each recipe, but there are so many amazing options out there for Thanksgiving that I’ll let them speak for themselves. Enjoy!
- Healthy Pumpkin Muffins by Quantum Vegan
- Buckwheat Pancakes with Pumpkin Cream from The Full Helping
- Harvest Breakfast Warming Pumpkin Oatmeal from The Joyful Hearth
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole from Healthful Pursuit
- Raspberry Apple Crisp from One Green Planet (This could double as dessert!)
Snacks & Sips
Serve one (or all!) of these tasty starters to get your guests warmed up for the feast to come.
- Raw Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Nog from Rawmazing
- Hot Pumpkin Mug from Healthy. Happy. Life.
- Pumpkin Fig Rolls with Jamtastic Jam from Quantum Vegan
- Deviled Eggs from Nouveau Raw (Yes, “eggs.” This is so completely genius–I can’t wait to try it.)
A good salad is often absent from the traditional Thanksgiving table. These recipes ensure that everyone gets their greens!
- Apple Harvest Salad from Life Made Simple
- The Best Shredded Kale Salad from Oh She Glows
- Mushroom Kale Rice Bowls on Babble.com (This would also make a great light lunch.)
- Butternut Bliss Fall Salad from Healthy. Happy. Life. (Ditto with this.)
Stuffing & Sides
What’s Thanksgiving dinner without a few (updated) classics?
- Thanksgiving Dressing from VegWeb
- Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potatoes and Hazelnuts from Marla Meredith
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette from Blogging Over Thyme
- Sundried Tomato and Butternut Squash Bisque from Allyson Kramer
- Wild Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash from What Would Cathy Eat?
- Chickpea Caulipots with Miso Mushroom Gravy (Who needs butter when you have miso mushroom gravy?)
Looking for a plant-based centerpiece that blows everyone out of the water? With these gracing your table, those Tofurky jokes will be things of the past.
- Roast Pumpkin Stuffing on YouTube (This is a fun video. Add some chickpeas to make it a full meal!)
- Holiday Stuffed Pumpkin from the International Vegetarian Union
- Almost One Dish Thanksgiving Dinner by Robin Robertson
- Homemade Mock Turkey Roast with Stuffing from Culinate
- Apple Sage Chickpea Burgers from Edible Perspective
- Stuffed Thanksgiving Burger from The Post Punk Kitchen
- Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash on Food52
- Sweet Potato Hash with Black Beans and Apples from Quantum Vegan
- Gobi Musallam (Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Gravy) from Vegan Richa
As I was looking for vegan loaf recipes, I stumbled upon a great tool on Vegan Lunch Box: the Magical Loaf Studio! It lets you quickly create a customized main dish loaf by choosing ingredients from lists like Protein, Carbohydrate, Vegetables and Spices. Click the “Submit!” button, and out comes your recipe.
And for those of you who were waiting for a version of the Vegducken that didn’t call for eggs and two sticks of butter, feast your eyes (and your taste buds) on this amazing plant-based version from Klunker’s Kitchen. It’s a lot of work, but it makes a beautiful centerpiece that looks way more attractive on the table than a gigantic dead bird.
There are plenty of vegan pumpkin pie recipes, but how about thinking outside the box to satisfy your sweet tooth this year?
- Pecan Pie Bliss Balls on One Green Planet
- Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust on One Green Planet
- Chocolate Swirl Shortbread from Quantum Vegan
- Pear Right-Side-Up Cake from Healthy. Happy. Life. (This would also make a delicious breakfast.)
- And one pie recipe, because it’s oil-free: Pumpkin Pie (Vegan, Soy-Free, Gluten Free) from Plant-Powered Kitchen
Looking for More Inspiration?
That’s it for this year! Remember to take some time to really reflect on what you’re thankful for. God gives so bountifully, and this is the perfect time of year to recognize that and express gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you planning on serving this Thanksgiving? Will your own roundup include any of these tasty dishes?