Thanksgiving is a big day for a lot of us here in the states. And although around the country millions of people will be getting together around a typical Thanksgiving dinner table, I thought it might be fun to take a look at Vegan Thanksgiving benefits and ideas for what to serve for dinner.
The Info Behind Benefits of a Vegan Thanksgiving
I read an article by the Calorie Control Council showing the typical Thanksgiving dinner could amount to 4,500 calories and nearly 300 grams of fat. I was a little surprised by this number so I decided to construct a typical Thanksgiving dinner and analyze it myself. Don’t worry, I didn’t bake a turkey. I baked up a spreadsheet instead. I have an MBA. That means I have a master’s degree in spreadsheets!
Nutritional Analysis of a Typical Thanksgiving Dinner Plate
The typical Thanksgiving Dinner Plate includes the following:
- Turkey & Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cranberry Sauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Dinner Roll with Butter
- Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
- One slice of Pumpkin Pie & one slice of Pecan Pie, both with Whipped Cream
From that I gathered the calories, cholesterol, fat grams and fiber and came to this conclusion:
The Typical Thanksgiving Dinner, with one plate of the food above, and a dessert plate with two slices of pie amounts to roughly 2,800 calories, 229 grams of fat, 523 grams of cholesterol, and 10 grams of fiber.
Of course, all of this is very subjective. Some people might put bacon in their green bean casserole which would increase the cholesterol and fat. Others may choose to make their pumpkin pie without a crust, lowering the total calories, fat, and cholesterol. So, you see, this isn’t a hard and fast number. But it also doesn’t include someone going back for seconds either, which, you know, maybe a few of us do.
Wow! this is such a wonderfully comprehensive post! My little fam certainly celebrated a vegan thanksgiving, but I wish I’d seen this post sooner! Will certainly use some of these recipes for Christmas! — Bella
Nutritional Analysis of a Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Plate
You may be wondering now what goes on a Vegan Thanksgiving dinner plate. Well, I’m so glad to hear that because I’m about to tell ya!
A typical Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Plate could include the following:
- Tofurky & Stuffing
- Dairy-free Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cranberry Sauce
- Dairy-free Green Bean Casserole
- Dairy-free Dinner Roll
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Vegan Gravy
- One slice of Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie & one slice of Dairy-free Pecan Pie, both
From the list above I gathered the calories, cholesterol, fat grams and fiber and came to this conclusion:
The Typical Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner, with one plate of all of the food above, and a dessert plate with two slices of pie amounts to roughly 1,357 calories, 30 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, and 31 grams of fiber.
How A Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Compares to a Typical Thanksgiving Dinner
Here’s the cool part. A vegan Thanksgiving dinner provides the following benefits:
- You SAVE 1,390 calories
- You SAVE 86 grams of FAT
- You SAVE 523 grams of cholesterol
- You ADD 31 grams of fiber
That’s not too shabby!
Best Vegan Dinners for Thanksgiving
The next question I would be asking if I were you, which I’m not, but I’m just saying if I were, I’d be thinking something like this: Sure a Vegan Thanksgiving will save me these calories and fat and whatever, but will it taste like cardboard?
No one likes cardboard. Not even if you’re moving and you want to box up all the things you own because that’s a lot of work which means cardboard kind of sucks. I guess little kids like cardboard if they could use it to build a fort. Businesses like cardboard if it means they’re shipping out things that they’ve sold.
But no one wants to eat cardboard. It’s the same for us vegans. In fact, I think vegans are some of the most creative people on the planet because we’ve learned ways to make incredibly tasty food with plant-based ingredients. For example, did you know you could make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie that looks like this?
I venture to say most people would dive into this pumpkin pie and not know (or care) that it was made with a plant-based milk. It’s so incredibly tasty, no one usually stops to look under the hood.
Favorite Vegan Holiday Dishes
If you’re thinking you might want to try some a Vegan Recipe this year, here are links to some of my favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes:
- Try these Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls
- Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping
- Vegan Green Bean Casserole
- Tofurky Roast
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Of course, everyone wants Vegan Stuffing as a side dish!
- Vegan Pecan Pie
- And because you’ve got the link above for Pumpkin Pie, here’s a Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake you might like
- Or maybe a Vegan Banana Cream Pie will suit your fancy!
I call myself a secular vegan which means I’m probably the least judgmental vegan you will ever meet. That’s because I observe the Golden Rule of Food Choices: I want respect for my choices so I choose to give respect to others for their food choices. See? It’s not that complicated.
If this post on the Benefits of a Vegan Thanksgiving piqued your interest, I hope you give a vegan recipe (or two) a try. I think you might like it. Besides, can you imagine the look on your mom’s face when you tell her the mashed potatoes were made with Hemp Milk? Just so you know, I’m about to find out on that one myself.