Healthy Happy Life

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Guide!


Here it is, my Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Guide! This post is jam-packed with my favorite festive recipes that are perfect for your holiday table.

Check out my vegan Thanksgiving recipes as well as my "Choose Five!" approach to holiday cooking when I am feeling overwhelmed, plus see my five must-have recipes for Thanksgiving.

I hope one (or a few!) of my recipes can help you celebrate the holidays with ease, joy, comfort, wellness and deliciousness!..



Vegan Thanksgiving??? First, if you are a bit hesitant about trying out a #vegan feast this year, read my post from a few years back.. 25 Reasons to Host a Vegan Thanksgiving this Year

Then, you will understand this..



But really, just adding more plants to your feast is a great place to start! You do not need to do a 100% vegan meal to make a difference. Just adding a few new plant-based recipes to your table -- or using vegan versions of one or more of your go-to classic holiday recipes is a super way to give your holiday feast a boost for the plant, animals and everyone diving into the deliciousness.

How to make small changes? Try a vegan version stuffing this year, or a vegan pumpkin pie. Try taking turkey off the menu and replacing it with an elegant mushroom-chickpea tart or a festive risotto or casserole, my sweet potato pockets, or one of the many vegan "celebration" options from brands like Gardein, Field Roast and Tofurkey. Or you can simply add a few more veggies to your feast, a fall salad, vegan mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, sweet potatoes using vegan butter, a spinach-artichoke dip. Whatever your approach to adding #vegan to your feast, I applaud you for being right here! I truly hope you find something that pulls you in and inspires you! Ps. Recipe options for all the suggestions I just mentioned are listed below..

Now onto the best part about Thanksgiving.. the food!



Kathy's Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes:

I wanted to keep things really browsable, in list form. If you have any questions about the specific recipes, please let me know in the comments, I am happy to help!

Appetizers:
- Orange Spiced Pumpkin Hummus
- Peppercorn Lentil Pate
- Warm Roasted Swirled Cauliflower Pumpkin Dip
- DIY Cashew Cheese
- Cheezy Artichoke Spinach Dip
- Wild Blueberry Crostini
- Hummus Dip
- Curried Cashew Butter Dip

Side Dishes:

- Stuffing
- Wild Blueberry Cranberry Sauce
- Fall Flavor Leafy Green Salad with apples, nuts, maple dressing
- Mashed Potatoes
- Glazed Roasted Carrots
- Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
- Ginger Citrus Roasted Beets
- Butternut Apple Pecan Salad with tahini dressing
- Maple Mustard Chard Salad
- Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Cranberry Maple Tempeh Brown Rice Bowl
- Cheezy Crispy Roasted Potatoes
- Basic Cranberry Sauce
- Brussels Sprouts Salad, wilted, with walnuts, citrus, avocado
- Tuscan White Beans
- Shiitake 'Bacon'
- Skillet-Popped Lentils
- Fall Raw Kale Salad with beans, citrus
- Curried Carrot Slaw with optional tempeh
- Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
- Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
- Arugula Avo Mac Mango Salad (sub apple or tangerine for the mango if desired!)
- Cranberry-Topped Brussels Sprouts

Bread:

- Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits
- Popeye Spinach Biscuits
- Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Cornbread
- Crusty Brown Bread with pumpkin seeds

Entrees:

- Sweet and Sassy Sweet Potato Pockets
- Pumpkin Sage Risotto
- Mushroom Chickpea Hazelnut Tart
- Tofu Steaks, citrus-rosemary
- Fall-Spiced Tofu Cubes with Apple
- Baked Farro with butternut squash, garlic, onion
- Pumpkin Pistachio Fried Rice with tofu
- Pumpkin Alfredo
- Acorn Alfredo Pasta
- Maple Pumpkin White Bean Quesadillas
- Creamy Cozy Tofu Pot Pie
- Gardein, Tofurkey or Field Roast celebration entrees

Beverages:

- Hot Pumpkin Mug
- Cloud Cocoa
- Ginger Tea
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Minty Matcha Latte
- Ginger Shots
- Pumpkin Nog
- Hot Golden Milk Mug
- Mulled Wine and Hot Toddies

Desserts:

- 4-Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie - for you minimalists out there.
- Pumpkin Brownies
- My pumpkin pie from scratch, gingersnap crust
- Swirled cheesecake pumpkin pie!
- How to make a vegan pie crust from scratch
- Crust-free pumpkin pie with pecan streusel
- No-bake walnut pumpkin pie - oat-nut crust
- Pumpkin Ice Cream
- Fruit + Nut Chocolate Bark
- Maple Bliss Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Baked Cheesecake
- Vegan Peach Pie with DIY crust
- Dark Chocolate Mousse Pie
- Hubbard Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Caramel Apple Pie
- Two-minute pumpkin pie pudding with walnuts
- Pumpkin Pie Parfaits
- Coconut Whip for your pies

Breakfast:

- Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts with glaze
- Pumpkin Spice Scones
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf
- Eggnog French Toast (vegan)
- Cranberry Sparkle Loaf
- Pumpkin Loaf, Classic
- Holiday Banana Bread
- Holiday Fruit Salad
- Apple Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake
- Jack-o-Pumpkin Breakfast Sandwich
- Easy Energy Almond Banana Shake - for a boost!
- Holiday Pancakes
- Banana Bread Breakfast Quinoa
- Pumpkin Waffles or Holiday Waffles
- "Eggy" Tofu Breakfast Sandwiches - try with pumpkin butter instead of jam and avocado!
- Pecan Pumpkin cinnamon Rolls
- Cashew Banana Bread French Toast

Looking for even more (like over 100,000+) vegan recipes? Check out my other site, FindingVegan.com/Thanksgiving or search for ANY recipe on our iPhone App or search box on the site.

Some of my Thanksgiving favorites..

Sweet Potato Pockets. recipe


Stuffing. recipe


Pumpkin Pie. recipe


Buttery Mashed Potatoes. recipe

Butternut Squash Farro Bake. recipe

Wild Blue Cranberry Sauce. recipe

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. recipe

Chickpea Mushroom Hazelnut Tart. recipe

Swirled Cauliflower-Pumpkin Dip. recipe

Cloud Cocoa. recipe

Crusty Brown Bread. recipe

Popeye Biscuits. recipe

Menu Planning Worries? Keep reading!..

If you want to cook this year, but just feel a bit overwhelmed and scared about the whole thing, try my Choose Five method for approaching your Thanksgiving feast..

My "Choose 5" Method for the holidays!..

When I feel overwhelmed around the holidays, I choose five main recipes that I make with as much love and gusto as I can. These recipes can change from year to year or you can make your same go-to recipes every year. But the point is, you stick to FIVE. If you have guests that bring other dishes, that's fine, but in your kitchen, your hands only have to worry about five things. Then, in addition to the five homemade things, you can bring on 2-3 store-bought goodies as boosters. Things like rolls, cranberry sauce, nut cheeses and crackers or even a holiday main like a "veggie meat" entree.

Here are a few examples of menus featuring five dishes..

1. Main: chickpea tart
2. App: pomegranate mimosas and a homemade cashew cheese platter
3. Side: sweet potatoes
4. Side: vegan stuffing
5. Dessert: vegan pumpkin pie
Store-bought bonuses: cranberry sauce, dinner rolls

1. Main: baked farro with butternut squash
2. App: Pumpkin-Cauliflower Dip
3. Side: cranberry sauce
4. Side: fall salad
5. Dessert: pumpkin pie with homemade coconut whip
Store-bought bonuses: dinner rolls

1. Main: vegan stuffing with added lentils, mushrooms or veggie sausage
2. App: homemade hummus + veggie + cracker platter
3. Side: homemade cranberry sauce
4. Side: simple roasted sweet potato + pecan + apple salad
5. Dessert: hot chocolate or a holiday bark
Store-bought bonuses: dinner rolls, vegan pie

1. Main: sweet potato pockets
2. App: skip and app and add a hearty salad: Fall Flavor Salad
3. Side: Mashed Potatoes
4. Side: homemade cranberry sauce
5. Dessert: pumpkin pie
Store-bought bonuses: dinner rolls, sparkling cider, hummus and crusty bread + veggies

And here is what my go-to Thanksgiving dinner usually looks like..

1. Main: Sweet Potato Pockets
2. Side: Vegan Stuffing
3. Side: Homemade Cranberry Sauce
4. Side: Green Veggie or Festive Salad
5. Dessert: Homemade Pumpkin Pie with whip

Store-bought: Fresh bread or dinner rolls, appetizer fare: nut cheese and crackers

So that's it! I hope you found a few recipes you are inspired to try. And remember, the best meals and celebrations are not the fanciest or the ones with the most items on the menu, they are the ones made with love and that serve to comfort, uplift and bring together the people at the table. Sending you all my biggest holiday hugs!..



One more way to find holiday recipes:
my book Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen is loaded with holiday favorites like a Gingerbread Bundt Cake, Gingerbread Cookies, loads of holiday-worthy salads and veggie sides, soups and even special dinner-approved entrees. My books also make lovely gifts for the healthy cook in your life, or for someone just starting out with plant-based cooking, curious about veganism. Thank you as always for your love and support of my recipes and projects!

H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S
blog comments powered by Disqus