Every great host knows what it’s like to throw a fantastic holiday dinner only to find out that your nephew is now vegetarian, your brother discovered a gluten intolerance and X, Y and Z don’t eat this or that. So for those of you who know someone will be attending your Thanksgiving with a dietary restriction, here is a comprehensive list of 9 excellent vegan Thanksgiving recipes!
Holiday At The Homestead | 9 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
A common misconception with vegan cooking is that in some way or another, by using different ingredients, you’ll be compromising on the quality and taste. But this doesn’t need to be the case! You don’t need to buy crazy ingredients that you’ve never heard of before or jump feet first into tons of complicated recipes. Truthfully, vegan cooking often brings together complimentary and simple ingredients to create a medley of fresh and natural final dishes.
Here, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 9 vegan recipes. Now I’m no master chef – so it’s safe to assume these are not overly complicated or foreign! I enjoy simple recipes that consistently provide a delicious result. So if you are looking to cater to friends and family, or just want to try something new this Thanksgiving, give these wonderful recipes a shot!
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Who doesn’t love sweet potato casserole? This is a vegan take on an age old Thanksgiving dish that is knows to be a crowd pleaser. Saweet! Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble is a hearty, filling, coma inducing side that will leave your vegan and gluten free guests asking for more.
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Protein protein protein! One of the absolute staples to a vegan/vegetarian diet is legumes and beans. They are both filling and provide vital nutritional value. This Quick Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili is the prefect Thanksgiving addition. It’s robust flavor makes this an excellent wintery comfort food!
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If you’re thinking “Beans?! Those were the least of my worries! They’re already vegan!” You’re right! But if you’re going to do a classic, do it with flair! The point of vegan cooking is not to cater to just the few who will eat it, but to make something that everyone, vegans and meat-eaters alike, can enjoy and share!
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A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the biscuits, and these are delicious! These are very dense with great hearty flavor that is amplified when fresh herbs are used. As homesteaders, we know the value of fresh and natural ingredients, so give these a try! The best part? You can add some of your own favorite herbs to the mix and tailor these biscuits to your family’s tastes!
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Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, apples, oh my! In my opinion, Brussel sprouts are highly underrated and get a bad rap from childhood distaste. But they are such a filling food that can take on flavors and when mixed with their earthy taste, create a delicious final meal! Give the store bought bag of dried bread a rest and create a stuffing that is fresh and unique.
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A staple of Fall baking is pumpkin bread. With this recipe, you’ll be able to make the best pumpkin bread you’ve ever tasted, while catering to dietary restrictions and including wholesome ingredients. So get out your baking supplies and let’s get cooking!
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If you’re throwing a party, then foods that are a little easier for the food-grazers to pick up and nibble while socializing can be good options. These Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust are absolutely fantastic and perfect for your finger food fix!
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Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving because it provides that touch of sweet to a generally salty and hearty table. The taste of this Jellied Cranberry Sauce is fresh and crisp. This jelly can stand alone, but in classic Thanksgiving tradition – mix it up with everything on your plate! It’s especially great with fresh rolls!
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Alrighty, now for the big bad faux meat entrée! Don’t worry! While this is the most advanced recipe on this list, it is well worth the effort! One of the best parts about this recipe is that you no longer have to ask or wonder “just what is faux meat made out of?” There are so many delicious and wholesome ingredients in this main course that you may have your meat-eating relatives asking just what is in that delicious vegan-friendly dish? Keep your veg-heads and your carnivores pleased with this excellent turkey alternative!
These are just a few of so so many different vegan thanksgiving recipes that are out there to try. So get started early, get creative and enjoy the best Thanksgiving to date with just a few of these simply vegan recipes. Have a Happy Tofurkey Day!
I hope you enjoyed my post on 9 vegan Thanksgiving recipes! Let me know which recipes you are going to try in the comment section below.
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