Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday in the US and Canada that honors the harvest and other blessings from the previous year. The Thanksgiving meal traditionally consists of a whole lot of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, cornbread and pumpkin pie. The American holiday is particularly rich in religious legends and cultural significance. When it comes to traffic, the holiday is frequently the busiest of the year as family members get together. Thanksgiving Day is generally observed on the 4th Thursday of November every year.
Americans typically spend Thanksgiving Day with their families or groups of friends and express gratitude for the blessings they feel privileged to have in their lives. This occasionally has a religious component because many people go to religious services or pray before meals. Some people also attend local Thanksgiving parades and observe sports events such as football or baseball.
80 to 90% of Americans consume turkey on this day and thus this day is alternatively known as Turkey Day. But, don't worry! Your Thanksgiving feast won't fall apart if you want to choose a vegan option or have guests over who prefer vegan food. Because there are plenty of vegan Thanksgiving recipes available that taste so good that your guests won't even miss the turkey.
Take a look at these carefully curated vegan Thanksgiving recipes. They contain all the ingredients you'll need to put together a plant-based holiday feast, including inventive entrees, decadent desserts, and vegan takes on traditional side dishes. I hope you enjoy looking through them. Thanksgiving greetings!
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
Mashed potatoes are a classic dish you must have eaten a lot. But this unique twist on this regular recipe makes it a hit platter in a Thanksgiving feast. When the rich golden German butterball potatoes mix with the goodness of flavorful roasted garlic and olive oil, the dish gets a lovely creamy texture that is just irresistible! Enjoy the rich nutty flavor with all of your loved ones.
Shepherd's Pie Made Vegan, Including Chickpeas & Sweet Potato:
When it comes to thinking of the main course dish for Thanksgiving, people forget to look past just Turkey. There are a lot of other delicious vegan dishes you can include in your menu if the vegan turkey is not your thing. And this scrumptious Shepherd's Pie is a prime example of that. A nut-free and soy-free recipe that comes with a Savory and thick vegetable broth, chickpeas, breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs, and mashed potatoes. This delicious dish will easily become a hit among all Vegan Thanksgiving entrees.
Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatloaf:
This flavorful, hearty vegan meatloaf has the best texture. It has a delicious meaty flavor, is packed with vegetables and lentils, and can be served with either mushroom gravy or a tangy tomato glaze. This hearty dish will be adored by all your guests on Thanksgiving feast.
The perfect texture is provided by the abundance of oats, lentils, and quinoa in this loaf, as well as the flavorful addition of mushrooms and a variety of seasonings and toppings.
When sliced, this mushroom lentil loaf won't crumble or fall apart because it is moist but not mushy. Be it a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas dinner, or a regular meal, serve it with scalloped potatoes and green peas and smother it in tangy tomato glaze or mushroom gravy for a vegan version of a traditional comfort food dish.
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Coconut Whip:
A healthy, tasty, and obviously vegan Thanksgiving dessert option for your sweet cravings on the dinner table. If you are not fond of steaming hot drinks and yet want to indulge in the yummy seasonal fall flavors, then this Pumpkin Pie Parfait is the perfect choice for you.
A thick and opulent layer of creamy pumpkin pie smoothie, sweetened to perfection with a mixture of maple syrup and molasses, is the base of this parfait. It is made of frozen pumpkin, almond milk, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.
Add a generous amount of coconut whip for an enhanced flavor.
For crunch, a generous scoop of your favorite granola.
Another layer of that smooth, creamy smoothie with pumpkin pie. Add another LARGE dollop of coconut whip, some granola, and a light cinnamon dusting to the top. If you want to go all out, add a cinnamon stick to the end!
Festive Vegan Falafel with Cranberry Pear Dip:
When you are done with selecting the dishes for the main course and dessert, the concern for some delicious appetizers to start off the feast still remains. After all, there's a saying, first impressions are important. So you need to start the celebrations off with style. And to make a lasting impression on your guests on Thanksgiving feast, this easy-to-make vegan falafel with cranberry pear dip will work wonders. Full of the goodness of chickpeas, chopped walnuts, fresh parsley, cumin, cilantro, and garlic, this appetizer comes together really well with the yummy cranberry sauce.
Roasted Red Pepper & Squash Soup:
This is a very easy and tasty vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free soup recipe perfect to accompany you on a chilly night. Add roasted red peppers to squash, broth, and spices to get an enhanced burst of flavor. Serve it on Thanksgiving or other festive occasions as appetizers. Or you can mix in some crunchy chickpeas to turn it into a main course dish.
Healthy Vegan Cornbread:
There are only 6 ingredients needed to make this nutritious vegan cornbread, and it is completely gluten-free! Perfect as a Thanksgiving side dish, a sweet or savory snack, or a fluffy and moist lunch on the go. It's made with applesauce and without sugar. This healthy cornbread recipe is soft, tender, and a little savory. It is delicious right out of the oven and adds a lovely touch of flavor and texture to many meals.
This nutritious vegan cornbread takes a completely different approach than traditional cornbread, which is made with eggs, butter, oil, dairy milk, flour, and sugar.
For this six-ingredient recipe, some of the substitutions include oat flour, applesauce, and soy milk to create your own vegan buttermilk.
Creamy Vegan Risotto with Roasted Vegetables:
The ideal recipe for comfort food is this melt-in-your-mouth creamy vegan risotto with roasted vegetables. Keep things vegan while obtaining all the creaminess you associate with risotto.
This dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare, but most of that time will be spent watching the rice while the vegetable roast. Think about serving a simple kale dish alongside it!
Without the roasted vegetables, this creamy, dairy-free risotto is actually excellent on its own. But these flavorful roasted vegetables combine well with the creamy rice dish.
Season your creamy risotto with salt and pepper, fresh herbs, and a flavorful, rich broth to make it more flavorful. Another method is to use dairy-free parmesan.
Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Casserole:
This vegan cauliflower casserole, which is loaded with vegetables, is baked to perfection with layers of gooey cheese and buttery breadcrumbs on top. It's delicious and simple! This crispy and buttery veggie casserole is so tasty that even the kids will enjoy it on Thanksgiving dinner even if they usually hate vegetables.
Yams that have been cooked slowly are already very sweet, but when combined with some fine bourbon and topped with spiced walnuts, the dish takes on a whole new level of flavor. Use your preferred vegan substitute for butter to keep it vegan. Your Thanksgiving dinner will get a nice kick out of this yummy treat.