These Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes are crazy delicious and festive at the same time. Make them and you will surely impress everyone around the table.
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
When you are vegan, or have vegan relatives/friends, you have to create/make unique dishes, that are appropriate.
Have you been struggling to find awesome recipes to impress? Well good news, you can stop searching. These meals are perfect to serve anyone at the table. Meat eaters and vegans alike will be satisfied with the yummy food you made.
These meaty portobello mushroom steaks have a twofold secret — the balsamic and tamari marinade, both sweet and salty, and the creamy basil, lemon and garlic aioli which is added at the end. Both highlight the mushrooms’ natural umami.
Could you even have Thanksgiving without stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy? This is the vegan and gluten-free version which cooks up in a muffin tin for pre-portioned serving at its finest.
This version of a pithivier has the warm flavors of Thanksgiving layered inside a flaky vegan puff pastry crust. Any guest who cuts into one of these impressive little pies will be in awe of your culinary genius.
When the elegant truffle meets an unpretentious lasagna noodle, worlds collide in the most delicious way. These roll-ups are a garlic mushroom extravaganza that come together in no time and are a little something different for the dinner table.
Here’s a new take on an old classic — shepherd’s pie reimagined for a newer, healthier generation. Its bottom layer is creamy lentils. Then there’s a wild toss of carrots and mushrooms. The final layer is a luscious coconut butternut squash.
Falafel, that old vegan standard, has just gotten a holiday makeover. Adding a decadent pear and cranberry dip on the side makes it a sweet and savory celebration, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you a vegan holiday centerpiece — a stuffed, roasted butternut squash. It’s fit for a king’s feast and tastes of sage, wild rice, nuts and little pops of cranberry.
This stew doesn’t play. A bowl of this chunky, hearty minestrone stew is a meal-and-a-half of veggie, bean and pasta love.
This couscous stuffed acorn squash is a showcase of Fall ingredients. It’s also customizable, so clean out that veggie drawer and go to town. Easy to prepare, and it can be enjoyed as a main or a side.
The problem with this vegan pear pizza is that you’ll have to share it. They’ll smell the roasting pears and squash, toasty crust and garlic cashew sauce and they’ll all come running. Pity. It’d make a fine meal for one.
There is something so fun about everyone at the table getting their own individual quinoa stuffed mini squash. It’s also a hearty side dish that really delivers in the flavor department.
Bowls are all the rage right now, so a Thanksgiving bowl seems like a total no brainer. All of those comforting flavors — roasted acorn squash, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy — mingled together in one go? Perfection.
Being vegan doesn’t mean giving up comfort food favorites. This meatless meatloaf topped with barbecue sauce not only looks like the real thing but it’s so packed with flavor that you won’t miss the old, boring meatloaf for a minute.
When roasted red peppers and acorn squash get together, it’s magic. This creamy soup has just a little spice from the fresh ginger and takes about an hour to develop all of its yummy layers of flavor.
Vegans shouldn’t miss out on that dramatic moment when someone carves the Thanksgiving turkey. Now they don’t have to with this stuffed seitan turkey roast. It’s totally legal and essential for a Turkey Day celebration.
Grandma’s green bean casserole has been given a modern makeover and now it’s healthy! Don’t worry, it still has that flavor and creaminess you remember — thank you, cashews — but now you can have a second helping without feeling overindulgent.
Here’s a dish that could be a mid-week family dinner or have a coveted spot on the Thanksgiving table. Golden brown scratch-made biscuits atop a rich veggie stew equals nothing short of comfort food bliss.
Ah, it’s like Autumn on a plate. Homemade pasta dough stuffed with cashew cream, sweet potato puree and fresh thyme. Sprinkle sautéed mushrooms and shallots across your raviolis and you’ve created a restaurant-quality meal.
Bring these heirloom carrots to your holiday table and watch their jaws drop. By the end of the meal, everyone will be fighting about which is better, the taste or the presentation.
Get ready for gasps of wonder when you present a tray of these chive and garlic duchess potatoes. Using a piping bag is the key to making these beauties look so elegant and it’s easier than you may think.
21. Fall Panzanella
All of the colors, textures and flavors of this seasonal bread salad will delight the palate while being a feast for the eyes. Enjoy it as a lunch or a light dinner.
Here’s a promise — if you put a basket of these potato croquettes on your Thanksgiving table, you will indeed be celebrated. Golden and crispy, they look so inviting and will make a perfect addition to an already crowded plate.
23. Creamed Corn
Creamed corn is a Thanksgiving must but it doesn’t have to be that stuff from a can. It’s easy to make your own and — newsflash — it can be dairy-free. With just five ingredients, it’s a side dish everyone at the table will adore.
It’s crunch time for salad lovers. Think tart Granny Smith apples, crisp celery and coarsely chopped pecans all tossed with spinach and citrus and al dente pasta. This autumn salad bursts with fresh, seasonal flavors.
They’re a side dish. No, they’re a breakfast. No way, they’re a side dish! Calm down everyone. They’re jalapeño cornbread muffins and they can be a side dish and a quick grab-and-go leftover breakfast.
Need a last minute, easy peasy side for the holiday table? Roasted green beans with garlic can be prepped in only five minutes and will cook in 15 minutes. Fresh and delicious! Don’t forget a sprinkle of finishing salt.
In this pretty Autumn dish, the orange balsamic glaze provides the vim while the quinoa adds the vigor. The two together make a hearty side dish or a light lunch meal.
28. Dinner Rolls
“Don’t fill up on bread!” Whoever said that probably never tried this fabulous recipe. Thank goodness, it only makes a small batch of six pillowy-soft vegan dinner rolls — just enough for the Thanksgiving table.
Y’all, what would Thanksgiving be without a heaping helping of cornbread stuffing? It just wouldn’t be right. So here’s a recipe that has all the textures and flavors without any of the gluten or the guilt.
No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without offering your guests a piping-hot bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes. The mushroom gravy ups the ante and turns this standard into a vegan-friendly must.
Hey, someone pass me the cornbread. Oh, you mean that light and fluffy, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan cornbread? That’s right. It’s got just a hint of sweetness and all of the cornbread flavor that everyone adores.
Fact — no Thanksgiving would be complete without cranberry sauce. This version is a super easy four-ingredient recipe that tastes sensational and has no sugar. It’s also low in carbs and paleo friendly, so don’t hold back.
Decisions, decisions. Should it be pecan pie or a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Here’s an easy solution — put both in the same pie! This vegan pecan-topped pumpkin pie solves that age old dilemma and satisfies every Thanksgiving dessert desire.
Looking for something a little different for the Thanksgiving dessert table? Chai spices are so warm and inviting and when paired with pear, it’s a dream come true. The flavor combination is unbeatable especially when it’s served in a buttery, vegan crust.
Give yourself a break this Thanksgiving and throw together this vegan apple crumble. Made with simple ingredients, you can assemble it ahead of time and then bake it on the big day. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
36. Pumpkin Roll
Let’s be honest — some people are just fed up with pumpkin pie. But believe me when I tell you that no one ever turns down a well executed pumpkin roll. Yummy pumpkin cake stuffed with light, aquafaba cream? Too darn delightful to pass up.
At Thanksgiving, remember that cranberries aren’t just for the sauce. They have a legit place on the dessert table as well! This cranberry pear crumble is a prime example. It’s fantastic by itself but when served alongside custard, it’ll become the talk of the feast.
Apple cider and autumn go together, so why not make a cake that celebrates both? It is bursting with those flavors of cinnamon and maple that everyone craves when the leaves start to turn and the wind gets crisp.
If you’re like me, it’s hard to resist any bite-sized dessert. I mean, the calories don’t count if you can pop it in your mouth in one go, right? It’s everything you like about pumpkin pie in a single, delicious bite.
Gather your guests around. They can smell the apple-cinnamon goodness as you present the hot pan. Get a plate and watch their anticipation. Flip that baby out and they’ll see the caramelized apple goodness on top. Dessert perfection achieved.
This pumpkin bundt cake is so good that it doesn’t even need a glaze. Sure, if you want to gild the lily, by all means, go for it. You can also make it without a bundt pan! Three cheers for a flexible recipe!
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Who wants some punch? Everyone, especially when it has the flavors of the season. This Thanksgiving Punch only has three ingredients — apple cider, caramel syrup and pumpkin pie spice. When they say it really packs a punch, this is what they were talking about.
Treat your guests to an intoxicating holiday aroma as soon as they walk in your door. This recipe adds orange to apple cider and when simmered gently in a slow cooker, it’s both fragrant and irresistible.
Thirsty? How about some apple cider, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and rum all decked out in a glass with apples and oranges? I know I’m ready for a big holiday glass of that festive brew.
Everybody’s had mulled cider but how many people have dared to mull pear juice? This drink is next level yummy. Clementine juice adds a citrus zing to the subtly sweet pear. A whole batch takes only 15 minutes to make.
46. Autumn Sangria
Pour you and your bestie a glass of autumn sangria, sit in front of a crackling fire and let the fun begin. Apples, plums and pears all get familiar in a crisp pinot grigio with a dash of bourbon and cider thrown in for good measure.
Let the children sip on some cider — I got myself a tumbler of Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash. The flavors of fall and whiskey make a perfect match, and it’s amazing how something so cool can warm you right up.
For those occasions when, for whatever the reason, you can’t have a cocktail, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little mocktail. It’s a celebration in a glass but without any regret the next day.
Looking for an extra nibble for your holiday guests? Blow their minds with these vegan sausage rolls that have all the flavor without any of the (wait for it) sausage! They don’t need it — the umami comes from mushrooms, cashews and soy sauce.
Stromboli is a party food classic and this vegan version makes a perfect holiday appetizer. Roll up some grainy mustard, veggies, vegan cheese and deli meat in pizza dough and bake. Slice and you’re ready to serve.
While others are pigging out on pigs in a blanket, up the sophistication with a vegan take — I present garlicky olives neatly tucked in their own little blankets. These are so simple and impressive for vegans and non-vegans alike.
52. Mushroom Pate
Need a savory pâté dipping solution that doesn’t involve meat? Of course it’s the mighty mushroom that comes to the appetizer rescue. All of that umami flavor in a scrumptious pâté that is perfect on crackers, French bread or as a veggie dip.
Watch out, Buffalo sauce, chili garlic sauce is eyeing your crown. It has already cozied up to the Brussels sprouts and is making a name for itself. A little heat, a little soy, a little garlic and wow — an appetizer that wakes up your palate.
Nothing says holiday spread like an old fashioned cheese ball platter. Too bad you can’t have a vegan cheese ball…or can you? Yes, you can and it’s delicious. Vegan cheeses, nuts, leeks and chives are all it takes to be the star of your platter.
You will never go wrong serving stuffed mushrooms at a party. Italian bread crumbs tossed with all kinds of herbs and seasonings in a roasted mushroom make for a perfect, savory bite. Vegans, call dibs because the non-vegans will descend and seize them.
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The 40+ Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for 2020
- chickpea meatloaf
- roasted green beans
- mushroom gravy
- cornbread stuffing
- glazed carrots
- mashed potatoes
- butternut squash
- Choose your favorite Thanksgiving meal from the list and click on the link to get the recipe.