Thanksgiving is November 28th this year, and while I may be 3,000 miles away from my family and all the traditions of home, I certainly don’t plan to miss out on the feasting. I am also coming up on my third cruelty-free holiday season, and if I have learned anything, it’s that choosing a vegan lifestyle does not mean deprivation. Instead, we can, and should, celebrate the abundance of nourishing foods that Mother Nature has gifted us. I mean, for goodness sake, CHOCOLATE is vegan…that’s more than enough to be thankful for!
So without further ado, I present to you a series of recipes that may just redefine your holiday season. Some recreate classic dishes while others revolutionize them, but all in all, with a few of these dishes in your arsenal, you will surely be a hit this Thanksgiving. Perhaps you’ll even convert an omni or two! Enjoy…
Talk about a showstopper! This seitan-based faux turkey would be an awesome centerpiece for any family’s table. The crispy “skin” is made from yuba, aka the skin that forms over soymilk when heated. Miyoko Schinner is pretty much a genius…
Sweet, smoky, hammy? This seitan “ham” brings in all the classic flavors: pineapple juice, cloves and smoky goodness. Can you imagine your family’s surprise when you pull this juicy number out of the oven??
A nutritious main that can hold its own against any meaty counterpart! Perfect for the faux-meat-averse…just leave out the veggie sausage.
Mushrooms are so meaty on their own that this fancypants dish will likely knock the socks off of any omni…unless they are one of those weird people who hate mushrooms (like my sister!)…I never understood those people lol
Ginger is a natural friend to carrots, and with maple syrup to bump up their sweetness…this simple recipe is perfection.
Sure, we’re all used to the sticky, sweet sweet potato casseroles. But why not step things up a notch this year? Molasses and pecans make this recipe familiar, but curry and cardamom take it to new heights!
Oh fluffy goodness. Biscuits make everyone happy…don’t they? They are also an easy way to add cruelty-free noms to the table without people even realizing that they are eating vegan food.
Here you have a basic cornbread recipe that is delicious on its own, but don’t you wanna throw in a handful of cheddar Daiya, some chopped jalapenos and maybe even some corn?? Just the thought has me salivating!
A classic, veganized, and made with wholesome ingredients. No canned, MSG-laden soups here!
Cashew cream gives it the craveable, creamy sauce. Kale makes it vegan-approved. A simple, yet complex side dish.
Touted as “The Best Vegan Mac & Cheese,” this faux-cheeze-free recipe is so delicious, it’s unlikely you will have any leftovers.
No thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. Homemade beats canned any day, and this one is especially exciting with ginger and pears.
Straight outta Vegan Pie In The Sky, this cheesecake is cashew and tofu based…you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. Oh, and I totally recommend using gingersnaps for your crust…ahhh-mazing!
Sliceable heaven…I told you Mother Nature was generous!
Looking for a way to impress everyone? Step out of the kitchen with an armful of tiramisu! Pumpkin makes everything better, but pairing it with dark chocolate and espresso? Oh. My. YUM!
Sweet and spicy and full of holiday flavors.
So delicious and if you add some to a cup of coffee, the perfect way to end a night of cruelty free gluttony. Pow!