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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sonja is author of award winning food blog A Couple Cooks and the cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking. Together with her husband, Alex, the two are leading voices on plant-based eating, and authors of a recipe series with Washington Post Food called Voraciously: Plant Powered. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
BY Sonja Overhiser - November 14, 2019
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