11 Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone at the Table

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Ahh, the holidays. Trying to please everyone around the table can be tricky! You’ve got your cousin who doesn’t eat meat and dad who’s a huge carnivore. Luckily, there are lots of plant-based Thanksgiving recipes that are seriously satisfying to meat eaters and veggie lovers alike! I’ve been eating a mostly plant-based diet for over 10 years, and each Thanksgiving I’m amazed by the amount of flavor that veggies offer.

Now, you don’t need to replace the turkey with tofu! There are lots of filling and nutritious entrees full of plant-based protein, and a big plate of plant-based sides works, too. Here’s a list of Thanksgiving recipes that are all vegan, and are guaranteed to please everyone at the table.


Cozy Vegan Pot Pie

Plant based Thanksgiving recipes
Photo by Sonja Overhiser at A Couple Cooks

You won’t believe the flavor in this cozy pot pie from A Couple Cooks! The sage-flecked crust is perfectly crispy, and it’s filled with cozy veggies and thick gravy.


Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash
Photo by Sonja Overhiser at A Couple Cooks

This stuffed acorn squash is draped in a pecan stuffing that makes your kitchen smell like a Thanksgiving paradise! It’s plant-based and gluten-free, so it pleases just about everyone at the table.


Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan green bean casserole
Image by Dana Shultz at Minimalist Baker

Want a plant-based take on the classic green bean casserole? This vegan version from Minimalist Baker is creamy and cozy, and you’ll never know there’s no cream.


Vegan Sheet Pan Gravy

Vegan gravy
Photo by Laura Wright at The First Mess

Wow, does this vegan gravy from The First Mess pack in flavor! With roasted cauliflower and veggies at its core and a hint of liquid smoke, you’ll want to pour this on just about everything.


Lentil Meatloaf

Lentil meatloaf
Image by Dana Shultz at Minimalist Baker

This hearty meatless meatloaf from Minimalist Baker is packed with cozy, savory flavor. It’s full of plant-based proteins like lentils and walnuts and is sure to please the entire table!


Vegan Pumpkin Ziti

Baked pumpkin ziti
Photo by Shelly Westerhausen at Vegetarian Ventures

Pasta for Thanksgiving? Oh yes. This pumpkin baked ziti from Vegetarian Ventures via Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Veganomicon cookbook is the perfect plant-based Thanksgiving main dish! It’s full of creamy, savory pumpkin sauce and has a crunchy crumb topping.


Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup
Photo by Ali Martin at Gimme Some Oven

This cozy soup doesn’t need dairy to be creamy! This plant-based take on butternut squash soup from Gimme Some Oven is full of big flavor, featuring apple, carrot, and sage. You can make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.


Traditional Vegan Stuffing

Vegan stuffing
Photo by Oh My Veggies

This vegan stuffing from Oh My Veggies tastes just like the traditional stuffing you grew up with, but is totally plant-based! Lots of spices bring big flavor.


Vegan Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash

Farro risotto
Photo by Laura Wright at The First Mess

This vegan risotto from The First Mess is made with chewy whole grain farro and is topped in a creamy butternut squash. It’s easy to make ahead and reheat when serving!


Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving side dish
Photo by Sonja Overhiser at A Couple Cooks

The best Brussels sprouts are all about simplicity! These roasted Brussels from A Couple Cooks are roasted in a hot oven until they’re perfectly crispy.


Vegan Sweet Potato & Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Plant based Thanksgiving recipes
Photo by Gena Hamshaw at The Full Helping

To round it out, another stunning plant Thanksgiving main dish: shepherd’s pie! Instead of the traditional meaty dish, this lentil shepherd’s pie from The Full Helping features sweet potatoes and a savory lentil filling.

Editor’s Note: Want to learn more about incorporating plant-based eating into your lifestyle? Have a look at Sonja’s first article for Wit & Delight, Plant-Based Eating: How to Actually Do It.

BY Sonja Overhiser - November 14, 2019


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