This year I'm celebrating my first Thanksgiving as a vegan, and I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about it. Yes, I'm aware that vegan Thanksgiving isn't taken so seriously by the mainstream public-people have long since made fun of it, cracking Tofurky-themed jokes andВ insinuating that cranberry sauce is the only thing a vegan can eat on Thanksgiving. If your family doesn't quite get the plant-based lifestyle, bringing your veganism home to dinner can often feel like bringing home a significant other that they don't like or understand. But just like true love, there's nothing that can come between a vegan and her ethical, health-conscious views. Especially when vegan Thanksgiving can beВ thisВ delicious.
Whether you're in a long-term relationship with veganism or just a casual flirtation, these plant-based takes on traditional dishes will blow your mind. We have mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, roasted veggies, pumpkin pie, and even stuffing and gravy-and it's all 100 percent plant-based, totally delicious, and good for you (well, some of it, anyway).
Looking for vegan Thanksgiving recipes that even carnivores will love? Keep scrolling for nineВ vegan versions of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes!
Chickpea MeatloafConnoisseurus Veg
Your family might not understand the concept of a turkey-free Thanksgiving yet, but we guarantee this plant-based meatloaf by ConnoisseurusВ VegВ makes a scrumptious substitute. Roasted chickpeas and a delicious maple glaze make this main dish hearty, protein-rich, and festive.
The only specialty ingredients this requires areВ vegan Worcestershire sauceВ andВ liquid smoke, but they're both available onВ Amazon.
JalapeГ±o-Orange Cranberry SauceFat Free Vegan
Most cranberry sauce is already vegan, but this spicy, savory version by Fat Free Vegan shows how much fun you can have with plant foods. FreshВ jalapeГ±o peppers giveВ the recipe a unique zing. Plus, it contains an ingredient called capsaicin, which is anВ anti-inflammatoryВ and shown toВ help with weight loss, especially in the tummy area.
Green Bean CasseroleOh My Veggies
Oh My Veggies' fresh, plant-based take on a classic dish puts Grandma's green bean casserole to shame. (Sorry, Grandma. It's true!)
Instead of canned cream of mushroom soup and processed French, fried onions, this recipe offers straightforward ways to make both from scratch. Soy milk makes a rich yet healthful substituteВ for cream-we promise no one will be able to tell the difference!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate
Impress your fellow guests withВ this beautiful dish by Robust Recipes. This combination of fall veggies and pomegranate is not only the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, but it also has a myriad of health benefits. First off, the flavor balance of creamy, crunchy, tart, savory, and sweet is to-die-for. But furthermore, butternut squash offers tons of nutrients, like dietary fiber, immune-boosting vitamin B6, and a whopping 437 percent of your daily vitamin A needs. Pomegranate is also amazing for your health, skin, and hair, thanks to its high concentration ofВ polyphenol antioxidants.
Fluffy Dinner RollsOh She Glows
Vegan butter, like Earth BalanceВ Buttery SticksВ ($5), is the key to these mouthwatering pull-apart rolls by Oh She Glows. They're not exactly the most nutritious dish on the table, but remember,В carbs in moderationВ won't kill you, especially not on Thanksgiving.
Sourdough Bread StuffingVegan Huggs
ThisВ savory stuffing has the crispy outside and theВ tender inside you look for with stuffing; plus, it has so much flavor, you won't feel like you're missing out on anything. "The onions, garlic, mushrooms, and celery give it that classic texture and flavor we all love," says the recipe's creator, Vegan Huggs. "The aroma and flavor of rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley will make you feel at home."
The Best Damn Vegan Mashes PotatoesMinimalist Baker
You'd think good vegan mashed potatoes would be impossible, but this simple recipe by Minimalist BakerВ nails it. All you need is six simple ingredients: Yukon gold potatoes, vegan butter, roasted garlic, sea salt, pepper, and chives.
Easy Vegan GravyTablespoon
Yep, even gravy can be done vegan.В This easy recipe by TablespoonВ uses vegetable broth and smart flavorful substitutes likeВ miso pasteВ and soy sauce to produce an impressively tasty plant-based gravy.
Simple Vegan Pumpkin PieIt Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
This classic pumpkin pie by It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken will make everyone at your Thanksgiving table want to go vegan. The secret to making it taste creamy and rich is good old-fashioned coconut milk. But,В of course,В the best part about pumpkin pie is that spicy autumnal flavor, which is naturally vegan. All you need is purГ©ed pumpkin from a can, pumpkin pie spice,В cinnamon, and brown sugar.