Recipe Round-up: Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes!

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…

MAIN DISHES

The Mighty UNturkey!

(photo courtesy of dhlovelife.com)

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…

Holiday “Ham”

(photo courtesy of Caribbean Vegan)

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??

Stuffed Acorn Squash

(photo courtesy of Vegan Yack Attack)

A nutritious main that can hold its own against any meaty counterpart! Perfect for the faux-meat-averse…just leave out the veggie sausage.

Portobello Wellington

(photo courtesy of Virtually Vegan Mama)

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

SIDES

Maple Ginger Carrots

(photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping)

Ginger is a natural friend to carrots, and with maple syrup to bump up their sweetness…this simple recipe is perfection.

Spiced Sweet Potato Gratin

(photo courtesy of Alice Currah)

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!

Biscuits!!

(photo courtesy of Minimalist Baker)

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.

Cornbread

(photo courtesy of Pickles & Honey)

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!

Green Bean Casserole

(photo courtesy of Fat Free Vegan)

A classic, veganized, and made with wholesome ingredients. No canned, MSG-laden soups here!

Creamed Kale

(photo courtesy of Vegan Dad)

Cashew cream gives it the craveable, creamy sauce. Kale makes it vegan-approved. A simple, yet complex side dish.

Macaroni & Cheese

(photo courtesy of VegNews)

Touted as “The Best Vegan Mac & Cheese,” this faux-cheeze-free recipe is so delicious, it’s unlikely you will have any leftovers.

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

(photo courtesy of Kate Mathis)

No thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. Homemade beats canned any day, and this one is especially exciting with ginger and pears.

DESSERTS

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust Topping

(photo courtesy of The Post Punk Kitchen)

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!

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie

(photo courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie)

Sliceable heaven…I told you Mother Nature was generous! :D

Gluten Free Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crumble

(photo courtesy of Allyson Kramer)

Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel

(photo courtesy of Vegan Richa)

Pumpkin Tiramisu

(photo courtesy of Chef Chloe)

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!

DRINKS

Mulled Sangria

(photo courtesy of Bev Cooks)

Sweet and spicy and full of holiday flavors.

Vegan Baileys

(photo courtesy of Oh She Glows)

So delicious and if you add some to  a cup of coffee, the perfect way to end a night of cruelty free gluttony. Pow!

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3 Responses to Recipe Round-up: Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes!

  1. Elyssa says:

    Creamed Kale? Amazing!

    - E

  2. Great round up! Thanks for sharing my wellie!

    =)

    xoxo

    Jen

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