How does one have a fully vegan yet traditional Thanksgiving? Easily! With some minor substitutions, you can make almost any traditional holiday dish vegan. Even if you’re not vegan, cooking vegan is a great way for home-cooks to challenge themselves to explore different ingredients. Here’s a round-up of our favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes along with some vegan cooking tips & tricks:
First thing’s first, what do you serve as a main instead of a turkey?
Orange-Glazed Tofurky Roast
The Tofurky roast (tofu-wheat protein stuffed with wild rice and whole wheat bread crumb stuffing) is one of our favorite Turkey substitutions. For a more traditional recipe, baste it with herbs, soy sauce and olive oil—see recipe here. For a twist, add sliced oranges and orange marmalade when glazing your Tofurky roast—see full recipe here.
Gardein Roast with Carrot Cranberry Wild Rice
If your crazy for cranberries, try Gardein’s soy-protein roast with cranberry wild rice stuffing atop a bed of carrot cranberry wild rice. See recipe here.
Lentil Rice Veggie Loaf
If you’re looking for a soy-free and gluten-free roast option, try making a lentil loaf. This brown rice and green lentil recipe has great no-fuss ingredients, but you can always make your own variation. Or just try switching the glaze out for a vegan gravy to make it more festive. See recipe here.
Now that you’ve gotten the hard part over, vegan side dishes will be a breeze! Just remember to stock up on a lot of vegan butter and non-dairy milk.
Coconut Creamed Corn
Just sub the dairy with coconut or soy milk for any creamed corn recipe! See recipe here.
Green Bean Casserole
With the power of Earth Balance vegan butter, almond milk and vegetable broth, you can make a vegan green bean casserole from scratch in only 30 minutes. Remember to keep those 3 ingredients stocked at home, they’ve proven to be really handy during the holidays. See full recipe here.
Garlic & Chives Mashed Potatoes
Vegan mashed potatoes are one of the easiest things to make vegan. You REALLY can use just about any recipe and sub the dairy for an unsweetened/plain non-dairy alternative. While we don’t recommend boiling almond or soy milk you can add a splash while mashing if your potatoes are looking too dry. Add more flavor to this great recipe by boiling the potatoes in vegetable broth instead of water. See recipe here.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This gluten-free sweet potato casserole with a crunchy nut crumble topping is marshmallow-free AND totally vegan. See recipe here.
Don’t you dare buy cranberry sauce from a can! This basic cranberry sauce recipe is already vegan. Add pumpkin spices for a little flare. Just use raw cane sugar instead of processed sugar to ensure it’s vegan. See recipe here.
Now for vegan baking, we don’t understand what all the fuss is about because it’s a piece of cake. You may even have all of these ingredients in your pantry already.
No Fuss Cornbread
This balanced savory-sweet vegan cornbread only uses 8 ingredients—see recipe here. But if you’re looking for something even easier, try using a vegan friendly cornbread mix and substituting the eggs with mashed banana or apple sauce. ( ⅓ cup apple sauce or ½-1 mashed banana = 1 egg)
Super Moist Pumpkin Bread
Who needs eggs as a binder when you can use pumpkin? The pumpkin not only works as a binding agent, it keeps the bread incredibly moist and delicious. See recipe here.
Four Ingredient Pumpkin Pie
This four ingredient pumpkin pie is guilt-free and amazingly easy to make. That’s right, only four ingredients—pumpkin, cashews, maple syrup & pumpkin spice. See full recipe here.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Banana Pie
Looking for something other than apple, pecan or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Try Dreena Burton’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana “Three’s Company” Pie. Didn’t you hear—banana’s really in for 2015 Holidays. See recipe here.
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