These Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes include my most popular vegan appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, vegan desserts, and more. Save this roundup for delicious vegan recipes and ideas when planning your plant-based holiday menu this year!
Every year I get a ton of questions from family and friends about what vegans eat for Thanksgiving. Here's a popular question: 'If you don't eat turkey, what do you serve for Thanksgiving?'
That's an easy answer - there's lots of Thanksgiving classics that don't include turkey! Today I'm sharing some of my best vegan Thanksgiving recipes to help you figure out what to serve at your own dinner or what to take along to share at Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving this year.
Below you'll find lot of ideas for creating a meat free holiday menu you'll be proud to serve and that everyone will devour. Let's get into the details . . .
MILLION DOLLAR TIPS: When planning your menu, I recommend choosing a few make-ahead recipes that you can reheated the day of. As well, make a master schedule: Write a list of everything you're making. Jot down next to it if it needs time in the oven, stove, air fryer, crock pot, microwave, etc. Note how long the dish has to cook, and what time it has to go in. That way you won't get any appliance backlogs or forget anything - hopefully!
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers
I LOVE a good appetizer, and I used to go overboard by making too many. That was a rookie mistake because my guests were full before we even sat down for dinner! Also appies are time consuming to make.
Pro Tip: My strategy when planning a big holiday meal is to choose, one or two kick a$$ appetizer recipes that everyone loves, that can be made ahead or better yet, frozen in advance. These recipes are worth their weight in gold when it comes to managing stress levels and juggling a long TO DO list on the big day. Here's my epic go-to appie:
Vegan Soups & Salad
If you're like us, you're going to need an easy, make-ahead vegan soup and salad recipe to serve (or take) for Thanksgiving.
Side Dishes for Vegan Thanksgiving
When it comes to Vegan Thanksgiving, it all about the side dishes. If you're lost with what to serve a vegan or vegetarian friend or family member coming to your home for the holidays, here's a few side dishes everyone will love. As well, you can't go wrong taking one of these side dishes along to share with friends.
Main Dish for Vegan Thanksgiving
I've never been a Thanksgiving food traditionalist, I like to mix things up. But my family likes something to slather gravy over so after lots of recipe testing, this succulent tofu turkey recipe was crowned the winner for Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dinner. I've included a few other tasty, indulgent vegan main dishes for your Thanksgiving table too!
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Who doesn't crave something sweet after an incredible savory Thanksgiving feast? I know I do! Here are some of my quickest, most delicious, vegan desserts sure to satisfy any sweet tooth:
Vegan Pantry Items
Sometimes (depending where you live), it's a challenge to find specific ingredients for a holiday recipe. So I typically make my own. Below are three recipes I use all the time starting in October all the way through the winter that can be whipped up easily at home.
I hope you enjoy this roundup of 21 Tasty Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see what you made, and don't forget to leave a comment on the blog post to let me know what you thought.
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