Plan a Perfectly Plant-Based Thanksgiving — 2016 Recipe Roundup!

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Let us come before [God’s] presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. ~ Psalm 95:2

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! I hope those of you in Canada enjoyed your October celebration and are prepared to bear with the Americans who haven’t yet gobbled our way through the holiday menu.

Speaking of, who says holidays have to feature traditional dishes? Every year around this time, I see ads for sales on scores of turkey alternatives. These are great options for helping new vegans transition away from meat or to satisfy a mixed vegan and omni crowd without compromising on the inclusion of animal products, but overall I think vegan “turkey” sells the plant-based community short. Plant-based food offers such a wide variety of options for any holiday (Isa’s New Book being a perfect example) that it seems to me there’s no reason to rely on prepackaged substitutions.

With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a collection of traditional and not-so-traditional recipes to grace your Thanksgiving table. From stuffing and stuffed squash to chili and cake, there’s something to satisfy everyone — with no un-turkey in sight!

Salads

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Sides

And then, of course, there’s stuffing. But why settle on just one when One Green Planet has 15?

Main Dishes

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I couldn’t resist including this One Green Planet roundup, too, mainly because it contains an ingenious recipe for cauliflower pot roast!

Desserts & Snacks

Beverages

If you’re in the mood for a simple cup of tea, both Learning Herbs and The Kitchn can get you started with homemade chai.


Is this your first vegan Thanksgiving? No worries. Check out my guide to navigating the holidays!

Looking for more recipes? Take a look at last year’s roundup.

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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