The days of dreading the holiday season, because you are a vegan, are over. Sitting down to the super bowl of dinner parties (yup that’s what Thanksgiving is) and engaging in a hearty vegan meal is very 2017. Plus, a plant-based Thanksgiving dinner can easily win over your guests at the dinner table if you get the menu right.
Thanksgiving is all about taking time to show gratitude that your family is safe and in good health. The most important item on the dinner table is not what’s really on the plates but the people sitting on the chairs around the table. It’s the best time to invite over your vegan pals or give your family a chance to try out a terrific turkey-free Thanksgiving feast.
Our Thanksgiving dinner guide will help you prepare the best meal for your family and friends while celebrating life. Whether you want a traditional fare or be wild and imaginative this plant-based Thanksgiving recipe-guide will help you plan an outstanding holiday meal that will have even your meat-eating guests lick their fingers. Right from vegan starters and salads to hearty mains and indulgent desserts, we’ve got you covered.
Top-notch side dishes and starters are the foundation of a great Thanksgiving meal. We’ve picked two delicious vegan Thanksgiving starters that would help you create a fantastic fare that’ll be delicious and healthy.
Vegan wraps would be an excellent choice for entrées – they are simple, delicious and will be loved by everyone. Plus, they’ll make your Thanksgiving dinner table look Instagram-worthy.
Time: 30 Minutes; 10 ingredients
Rich, flavorful and full of nutrients, this yummy and warm soup will be comforting and is incredibly simple to make. You’ll be swamped with recipe requests for this unconventional treat later.
Time: 40 minutes; 16 ingredients
Brighten up the Thanksgiving table with yummy and easy salads. Plus, when you serve something healthy, your guests can indulge in the rest of the meal guilt-free. After all, all that green will cancel out the calorie-loaded delights that would be on the dinner table.
Give the everyday brussel sprout salad a delicious and attractive upgrade by adding some color and taste to it. Roasted brussels combined with a base of fresh spinach and peppery arugula, topped with butternut squash, cranberries, and roasted pistachios, you’ll not only get a bounty of vitamins and minerals but also a salad that no one can resist!
Time: 35 minutes; 8 ingredients + dressing
Non-traditional on a holiday table but a classic, the creamy Caesar salad is a fail-safe recipe that everyone will enjoy. The best thing is, you can get this ready the day before and refrigerate so you have time to get the rest of the meal ready on the main day.
Time: 70 minutes; 18 ingredients
Get your creative side out and experiment with something unconventional that’s a whole world outside of meat or faux-turkey. However, if you want to stick to the traditional fare, we’ve got that covered too!
You will never go wrong with stuffed shell pasta as the mains. Add some fresh herbs and veggies to this recipe and your family will vote you the best cook (or chef) in the world.
While at it, why don’t you prepare Vegan Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado too?
When you know your guests would appreciate something traditional, please them a vegan Turkey so they won’t have a reason to regret. We swear this vegan turkey recipe will be well-taken and appreciated because it comes with kindness and love. It will take only 15 minutes prep time and while it is cooking, you can get started with your desserts and sides.
Time: 90 minutes; 10 ingredients
Sauce for Mains
Jalapeno-orange Cranberry Sauce is a great choice as it’s a rare combination of healthy and delicious. The fat-free sauce for mains has always proven popular during Thanksgiving. Prepare it as the best alternative to tomato-rich salsa or as an accompaniment to the Thanksgiving dinner.
Even though it’s the Thanksgiving meal, dessert is of the utmost importance, after all you don’t feel satiated until you get a dose of sweet. We’ve picked the perfect vegan dessert option that’ll perfectly pair with the rest of the menu and are sure to shine at your holiday soiree.
What’s a Thanksgiving without a pie? Give pumpkin a break and treat your family to this delicious vegan pecan pie with no eggs, butter or any dairy. You can get this ready the day before and pair it nicely with a scoop of vegan ice cream.
Time: 65 minutes; 10 ingredients
On our holiday tables, no one should be disappointed and that’s what this avocado mousse is for. The smooth chocolatey treat minus the calorie guilt and without any sugar, soy, nuts, gluten or any of the allergens. No baking required.
Time: 5 minutes; 6 ingredients
Thanksgiving drinks don’t have to be overly complicated. A simple vegan eggnog is just as good a drink for a night spent in the company of your loved ones thanking the heavens for everything you enjoy. It’ll be ready in 20 minutes in just 6 ingredients.
Invite all who are legally allowed to drink (or not) to a glass of Apple Cider Mimosa, without the alcohol, before calling it a night or going out. In 2 ingredients and 10 minutes, this will add color to your party and the mood!
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