62 plant-based Thanksgiving recipes from me and my favorite bloggers around the web. Because 61 just won’t cut it.
Everything from appetizers to soups, from mains to desserts. I’ve got you covered!
As I was working on this post, I thought to myself, I’m BLOWN AWAY by the number of incredible plant-based / vegan bloggers out there. Recipe hunters are lucky nowadays. When I first started food blogging in 2009, there wasn’t a massive amount of choices – never mind plant-based or vegan.
The problem is, we’ve got lots of newbie bloggers out there that want to build a name for themselves and when it comes to Thanksgiving Ideas, we want tried and true.
Have I got some Thanksgiving ideas for you!
I spent hours sifting through hundreds of options to bring you the very best, most flavorful and healthful (or, at least, more healthful) recipes. And originally I had photos of every recipe, but unfortunately, it was taking about a minute for the page to load so I had to take some of the photos out. (Insert crying emoji here).
Plant-based Thanksgiving Mains:
The center of attention at the vegan Thanksgiving dinner table is always a challenge. Whether you miss turkey or ham, or not, the main’s gotta be the star of the show.
If you’re new to a plant-based diet, you might be a little nervous and be wondering what to expect. Food is extremely wrapped up in emotions. Will the lack of turkey ruin Thanksgiving? No! I learned early on, it’s not the bird, it’s the flavors and seasonings of Thanksgiving that give us that comforting feeling. Family is there, we’re focused on gratitude and you’re gonna feel incredible afterwards. No turkey hangover!
1. Tender Roast Tofurkey with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Tart Dried Cherries.
Plant-based Thanksgiving Appetizers:
10. Stuffed Butternut Squash
11. Vegan Sweet Potato Coconut Milk Roasted Chili Ravioli
Plant-based Thanksgiving Sides:
We all know the real meaning behind Thanksgiving is having gratitude. But a close second is all the incredible sides at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Rich, filling and comforting – I chose the best of the best across the web.
14. Roasted Calabaza, Kale, Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries
16. Cheesy Baked Kale And Mushroom Stuffed Pumpkin
25. Two Unique Twists On Cranberry Sauce – Moroccan And Cuban
Plant-based Thanksgiving Breads and Biscuits:
I’m not a huge Thanksgiving bread eater, but I know lots of people like a roll or biscuit with dinner.
30. Vegan Roasted Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls Recipe
Plant-based Thanksgiving Soups and Chilis:
Rachael Ray’s Pumpkin Soup with Chili-Cran Relish changed my life. I’d never cooked anything so complicated to my newbie self, yet incredibly delicious. Now I find it to be fairly simple! Perspective changes with experience, I suppose. I looked back through my posts and realized I’d never shared my version. I promise to do so! In the mean time – let me share the link with my variations.
- Sub coconut oil for butter.
- Sub veggie stock for chicken stock.
- Sub full fat coconut milk for heavy cream.
- Sub agave or maple syrup for honey if you’re vegan.
33. Autumn Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Lentil Soup With Fresh Sage
Plant-based Thanksgiving Salads:
Adding a mix of fresh and roasted vegetables is a great way to start the meal.
39. Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Carrot Salad
43. Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad
Plant-based Thanksgiving Sauces and Dressings:
44. Vegan Gravy
45. Vegan Porcini Mushroom Gravy
Plant-based Thanksgiving Desserts:
Still have room? Ok, desserts it is!!
46. Sweet Potato Split
56. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes
Plant-based Thanksgiving Leftovers:
We can’t forget leftovers! Some consider this the best eating of Thanksgiving.
I’ll never forget when I decided to forgo stuffing myself in lieu of my favorite part of Thanksgiving. The leftovers. I packaged all the Thanksgiving leftovers and got them into the fridge within the required two hours of serving. Mind you, I was pregnant at the time. The next day I called my parents. The keepers of the sacred leftovers. My dad uttered the fateful words. “I threw them all away.” The free-range turkey (at the time I was eating turkey), stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato pie. EVERYTHING. Did I mention I was pregnant? I’ll spare you the expletives. I’m sure you can use your imagination. Very un-Thanksgiving-like of me.
57. Cranberry Bowl With Sauteed Spinach, Black Eyed Peas and Couscous
62. Scrambled Tofu