How to Have a Vegan Thanksgiving

Eating vegan this Thanksgiving can actually be a lot easier than you may expect. Keep reading to learn more about how!

Turkey Alternatives

Though we believe you can have a delicious Thanksgiving meal without Turkey as the main dish, there are a ton of vegan roasts on the market which are surprisingly good. If you're the one cooking this Thanksgiving, try out one of these turkey alternatives!

Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y

Trader Joe's Vegan Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast

Tofurkey Plant-Based Roast & Wild Rice Stuffing

Quorn Meatless Roast

Field Roast Celebration Roast

 

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are easily "veganized" - with simple swaps like dairy-free butter and plant milks. Though any plant milk will work, our favorite to use for mashed potatoes is the So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. This will give your mashed potatoes a nice creamy texture, without giving it a nutty flavor (like almond milk or cashew milk may). As for the "butter", any vegan butter will work, but we love the Miyokos Vegan Butter. It's palm oil-free and melts just like regular butter! So don't worry - you can still enjoy your mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving by simply "veganizing" them!

 

Gravy

You can't have mashed potatoes without gravy! There are so many different recipes out there for vegan gravy. Here are some of our favorites that you should try!

Loving it Vegan's Gravy

Connoisseurus Veg's Super Simple Vegan Gravy

This Savory Vegan's Best Vegan Gravy

Nora Cooks' Easy Vegan Gravy

 

Stuffing

Of course when it comes to vegan stuffing, you'll be making it in a casserole or baking dish instead of actually inside the turkey (ew!) Your stuffing recipe may be very easily "veganized"! If it calls for chicken broth, swap it out with some vegetable broth. If it calls for butter, use some vegan butter. If you've never made your own stuffing before and you're looking for some vegan recipes, we've got you! Here are some delicious vegan stuffing recipes:

Easy Vegan Stuffing

Classic Stuffing Made Vegan

Stuffing with Mushrooms

Easy Vegan Stovetop Stuffing

The Best Vegan Stuffing

 

Veggies

And of course, we can't forget the veggies. Some people like roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, or green bean casserole on Thanksgiving. There's a ton of recipes for veggie side dishes, so here are just a few that we love!

Green Bean Casserole

Make-Ahead Butternut Squash Casserole

Roasted Brusell Sprouts with Garlic

Oil-Free Roasted Carrots

 

Cranberry Sauce

Most cranberry sauce is vegan - whether storebought/canned or homemade! Just be sure to stay away from any that may contain gelatin or honey. Feel like making your own homemade cranberry sauce? Try out this Cranberry Sauce recipe or this Healthy 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce.​

 

Rolls & Butter

You can't forget the rolls and butter on Thanksgiving! Many store-bought rolls are vegan (just be sure to watch out for any milk or egg ingredients!!) and there are a variety of vegan butters available. If you want to make your own rolls, try these Vegan Dinner Rolls! And like we mentioned earlier, there's a variety of butters - like Miyokos, Earth Balance, Flora, and I can't believe its not Butter!

 

Pies

It's not Thanksgiving without some pie. There are countless recipes for vegan pies, but here are just a few that we love! Check out Pinterest for more variations of these delicious vegan pies.

Vegan Apple Pie

Vegan Pecan Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

 

Try out these recipes and let us know how delicious your vegan Thanksgiving was!

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