Here is my annual recipe guide to help you host a healthy, happy, Vegan Thanksgiving feast!
A very vegan holiday. I remember my very first vegan Thanksgiving quite well. My homemade cranberry sauce was chilling in the fridge, my sweet potatoes were baking and caramelizing in the oven. I pulled my heavy, ice-covered Tofurky box out of the freezer and started reading the instructions, yanking out the box components. Some vegan "wishbones" and vegan gravy and that round firm Tofurky. I must say, I do love the Tofurky. But I haven't made one in a few years. I remember it baking up a tad dry. I slathered it in gravy and Dijon mustard sauce. My meal was pretty good, but in the end I just felt so satisfied to have celebrated an entire meal, cruelty free. I had such a light and happy heart. A vegan meal can be delicious, easy, fun and life-changing. If you have never done "vegan Thanksgiving" before, I high recommend you give it a try!
The categorized lists ahead include my personal favorite dishes featured here on my blog. Both traditional favorites (stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie galore) and a few less than traditional ideas as well..
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes 2012
Ahead you will find these recipe categories..
* festive breakfast
I have loosely noted the more seasonal and/or traditional recipes with -> (*)
POM-tini using Fresh Crushed Pomegranate Juice*
Ginger Juice Shooters - pre-meal palate cleanser
5 Holiday Smoothies
Mint Creme Soy Cocoa (after-meal)
Appetizers + Sides:
Baked Vegan Sweet Potatoes*
Homemade Cranberry Sauce - smooth or whole berry*
3 Vegan Stuffing Recipes + Vegan Stuffing 101*
Cheezy Spinach Dip - recipe 1, recipe 2
Sweet Potato Apple Souffle Cups*
Jalapeno "Cheddar" Biscuits*
Skinny-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Beet Walnut Dip - pretty!
Golden Saffron Quinoa + Cheezy Roasted Broccoli
Roasted Cauliflower Pumpkin Swirl Dip - LOVE this one*
Citrus Butternut Squash Dip or my Sage Butternut Squash Dip*
Cashew Cheese Appetizer
Sunny Asparagus Tapenade
Raw Almond Spreads - 3 ways
Sweet Potato Hummus - Cajun Spiced
Fancy Fruit Tapas - use seasonal fruit!
Pumpkin Spice Cashew Cheese*
King Oyster Mushroom "Scallops" + Cucumbers
Salads / Veggies:
Fall Forward Seasonal Salad + Apple Rings and Dried Cranberries*
Holiday Citrus-Apple-Walnut Fruit Salad*
Cranberry Balsamic Brussel Sprouts*
Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Citrus*
Easy Tahini Curried Carrot Raisin Slaw
Shredded Carrot Salad Duo
Apple Cider Swiss Chard + hemp seeds
Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin*
Arugula Avocado Macadamia Nut Salad
Roasted Beet Salad + Citrus and Pecans*
Peanut Ginger Wilted Kale Salad
Panko Green Bean Fries
Fully Loaded Kale Salad
Butternut Bliss Salad with tofu*
Sweet Potato + Vegan Sausage Salad
Citrus Quinoa Tempeh Plate
Green Goddess Grain and Veggie Bowl + grapefruit
Sugar Snap Pea Maple Nut Salad*
Over-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (make sweet potatoes the main event)
Toasty Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters*
Holiday Citrus Rice-Stuffed Squash*
Sweet Potato Pockets (my traditional must-make recipe!!)*
Golden Orchard Quinoa Platter + roasted pumpkin + pecans*
BBQ Hasselback Tofu
Vegan Mac/Cheez for Thanksgiving? Go for it!
Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice*
Homemade Smoked Maple Seitan
Maple Tempeh Broccoli Pitas - casual feast
Simple Sticky Blackened Tempeh Logs
One-Plate Comfort Food Vegan Meal - mac/cheez, rice/beans veggies too.
Cashew Cheese + Kale Enchiladas (for a Mexican-themed entree)
Easy Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers .. go all un-traditional on your festivities!
kid-friendly: Sweet Potato Glow Spirals
If you want a vegan "centerpiece" entree - I list a few optionshere.
Golden Trio Chipotle Fall Soup + Cubed Tofu*
Roasted Veggie Stew
Ginger Sage Butternut Pumpkin Soup - love this velvet-y blend!!*
Thick & Frosty Pumpkin Coconut Shake
5-Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie*
4-Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie*
Peanut Butter Cheesecake - Pumpkin Cookie Dough Studded
No-Bake Walnut Pumpkin Pie*
Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
Cream Swirled Pumpkin Pie
Vegan Pumpkin Pudding - 5 ingredients, 5 minutes
Hubbard Pumpkin Pie*
Chocolate Epiphany - Chocolate Mousse Pie
Mocha Layer Cake
Soy Nog Shake (Persimmon Too!)*
Pumpkin Cinna-Bun Layer Cake*
Vegan Caramel Apple Pie*
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal*
Apple Cinnamon Candied Ginger Waffles*
Jack-o-Pumpkin Breakfast Sandwich*
Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Latte or Mocha
Coffee Cake Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Frosting
Vegan Pumpkin Pudding (light dessert too!)*
Pumpkin Spice Orange Banana Bread Bars
Apple Dumpling Cinnamon Rolls*
Blackberry Walnut Oat Rolls (sub with seasonal fruit in place of berries if you'd like.)
Cinnamon Frosted Pumpkin Muffins*
Cranberry Almond Swirl Muffins*
Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls + Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting (also dessert-worthy)*
Matcha Shake (I will most likely make this to power me through Thanksgiving morning) I crave my matcha fix!
More Vegan Thanksgiving Links!..
And also check out my: 25 Best Vegan "Pumpkin" Recipes!
And check out my other site FindingVegan.com #HOLIDAY for recipes from your favorite bloggers all over the web! Over 19,000+ recipes to search from!
And see my slideshow of 31 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes over on Family Kitchen.
Above images - recipes shown (left to right, starting top left):
top: cauliflower pumpkin dip, apple harvest rice, sweet potato souffle cups, baked sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffed butternut squash, jalapeno biscuits, 4-ingredient pumpkin pie,cranberry brussel sprouts, mac/cheez, carrot slaw, stuffing, hasselback tofu, green bean fries, pumpkin pudding, hubbard pie, ginger pumpkin-squash soup, almond dips, butternut squash dip, roasted butternut squash cubes, golden quinoa platter, mushroom scallops, pomegranate juice, sticky blackened tempeh logs, curried tahini carrot slaw
dessert: 5-ing pumpkin pie, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin muffins, hubbard pie, pumpkin cinnamon rolls with ginger frosting, mint cocoa, chocolate epiphany pie, 4-ing pumpkin pie, coffee cake cinnamon rolls, apple pie, orange-frosted coffee cake cinna rolls, walnut pumpkin pie, mocha cake, cream-swirled pumpkin pie duo, pb cup latte/mocha, pb pumpkin cheesecake with caramel, apples for apple dumpling rolls, soy nog shake, pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon bun layer cake