Thanksgiving Feast: Vegan Edition

Let’s be honest, the best part about being American and going to McGill is the fact that we now have an excuse to celebrate Thanksgiving twice. At least, that’s my favourite part anyway. With my roommate going vegan back in March, however, we had to pay a lot more attention to what we were putting into our feast this year than in past years. The good news is that with the help of Pinterest, you can still eat gravy, pie, and casserole even if you don’t eat animal products!

Here’s a list of vegan recipes that have passed the tried and true test, from both the vegans and non-vegans that were at my Thanksgiving feast this year. Even if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving next week, these recipes are still delicious no matter when you’re craving sweet potatoes, gravy, and all things pumpkin. 


Vegan Gravy 

We'll start with gravy since it's the glue that holds the entire Thanksgiving feast together. I grew up watching my dad use turkey drippings to make the gravy, so I didn't think that you could even make it vegan. But once again, Pinterest has proven to me that any recipe you can think of, the vegans can make an animal product-free version of. Thank goodness for that because would it even be Thanksgiving without gravy? 


Sweet Potato Casserole

Maybe it's the southerner in me, but I love sweet potato casserole. It's a Thanksgiving staple. This one doesn't have marshmallows on top, but vegan marshmallows are becoming widely more accessible in the grocery market, so you can always swap those out for the crumble topping instead. Get creative! 


Roasted Carrots & Maple Tahini 

These carrots look really fancy but are actually super easy to make - the ultimate fall dish to trick your guests into thinking you're actually the next Gordon Ramsey. 


Mashed Potatoes 

Who doesn't love mashed potatoes? They're the ultimate comfort food, and luckily, you don't have to miss out on them just because you can't eat butter or milk anymore. 


Apple Butter-Filled Cinnamon Sugar-Topped Donuts 

If you're looking for a bit of a challenge, but something delicious that'll impress and delight all of your Thanksgiving guests, give this recipe a try. It's a little more time-consuming than others, but the end result is delicious. Plus, you'll end up with lots of leftover apple butter that you can use on pancakes or waffles for future breakfasts. 

Pumpkin Pie 

Calling all vegans who don't like putting a whole lot of effort into cooking or baking - this recipe is for you! Seriously, all you do is throw everything into a blender and then pour it into a pie shell. You don't even have to take out a bowl. It couldn't get any easier than that.


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