This vegan holiday meal plan is bursting with delicious vegan recipes you can use for your next holiday dinner! Having tasty vegan recipes for your Thanksgiving and holiday dinners is important. You’ll find healthy, delicious, and even easy vegan holiday meals!
Vegan Vegan Holiday Meal Plan
Every year I make a full Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu for our family. I have recreated vegan versions of our favorite classic Thanksgiving dishes. You probably know those classics, like seven layer salad, sweet potato casserole, and more! I decided this year to share our menu you with via this Vegan Holiday Meal Plan.
Your holiday dinner has to start out with something special. That’s why these starters are perfect for your next get together:
Set out a tray of your favorite veggies with this vegan yogurt ranch dip nearby and everyone will get the day started with a health kick. Sure, you’re going to end this day with pie, but at least you can say you started it healthy!
One thing I love about this Vegan Banana Nut Bread is that you can make it ahead and freeze it. That way when it’s show-time you can set it out in the morning and it should be thawed out by dinner. If not, you can always give it a little help in the oven.
There’s no doubt these Vegan Bacon Ricotta Crostini look like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. But it’s actually a quick recipe to put together and your family will be impressed.
Vegan Main Dish Holiday Recipes
Look, if you want to, there’s no shame in going with a Tofurkey or Field Roast for your holiday dinner. We do this often and we enjoy it! The Tofurkey has taken a lot of jokes over the years, but they have improved the recipe from those early days. Follow the package directions on either and you’ll do fine!
My vegan holiday meal plan includes this Lentil Loaf made with all the holiday flavors you would expect and yearn for, like stuffing and cranberries. It’s a perfect vegan main dish!
I like for people to have options, that’s why I love sharing a couple of main dish options for my guests. This vegan shepherd’s pie combines a savory vegetable stew with mounds of mashed potatoes. I mean, we go overboard with the mashed potatoes…which is why it’s SO good! 🙂
Holiday Veggies and Side Dishes
No Vegan Holiday Meal Plan is complete without some tasty veggies and sides. You’ll find a variety of dishes here to complement your entire spread!
My mom made this salad every single Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I couldn’t wait for the day after the holiday dinner so I could have the leftovers (if there was any) all to myself! So, once we went vegan I just HAD to veganize it. And I think it’s better than the original! And guess what? My mom agrees!
Our holiday dinners require some delicious stuffing. I love my mom’s cooking, but her stuffing was really more like a loaf. It’s rich and dense, but also very flavorful. So, I took all that flavor and turned it into something a little easier to make…and vegan too!
You’ll notice something different about our mashed potatoes. First, we include the skins, because that’s where most of the health benefits come from! Second, we add a little bit of garlic to the mix. Well, I guess there’s a third, because we don’t use dairy in our mashed potatoes. The results? Perfection!
Whenever I have mashed potatoes, I need to have corn. They just seem to go hand-in-hand. That’s one reason I love this vegan cheesy corn casserole, loaded with buttery corn and oozing with cheese!
This is one of our old recipes which we haven’t reshot yet, so please disregard the photos. The recipe itself is golden and something we love to make for our holiday dinner feast. I love sweet potato casserole, but I oftentimes think people serve it way too sweet. So we reduced the amount of sugar and added some crunchy, caramelized nuts to the top as well.
I made this salad recently and think it’s a perfect addition to any holiday dinner table. It’s such a dramatic, delicious dish and meets the needs of a variety of dinner guests, including gluten-free eaters, vegetarian eaters, and even the ever-more rare omnivore!
These literally are the perfect dinner rolls to serve for your holiday dinner! But don’t stop there. These buttery, fluffy dinner rolls can be served any time of year!
Perfect Holiday Vegan Desserts
Here comes my favorite part…vegan desserts!
Look, we have to begin with the primo holiday dessert, the vegan pumpkin pie. One bite, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the flaky crust and flavorful filling are perfection.
I believe this is one of the best vegan pecan pie recipes out there. That must be why it’s one of our most popular posts, especially this time of year. From the crispy crust, to the tender sweet filling, this vegan pecan pie is the best!
I had to show off at least one of my meringue pie recipes. You have so many to choose from on this site, but chocolate is definitely one of our favorites!
This vegan carrot cake is relatively easy to make and offers layers of sweet, nutty, cake, topped with a vegan cream cheese frosting. It’s perfection in every bite!
If you want the flavors of the season combined with chocolate and coconut, you’ll love these vegan pumpkin magic bars.
Bonus Dessert tip: How to Make Vegan Whipped Coconut Cream. This is perfect to have handy to top your vegan pies!
Bonus Dinner Tip: I shared this guide on How to Make a Super Simple Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner!
There you have it! My Vegan Holiday Dinner Meal Plan, with lots of delicious recipes to share with everyone!
To make your big day even easier, here’s a shopping list that includes ingredients for the recipes above:
Here is a list of groceries you’ll need for the ingredients in this vegan holiday meal plan. Of course, you may not make each item on this list, but just in case you do, you’ll have everything handy!
- Vegan Yogurt, plain not flavored
- Green Onions
- Fresh Basil (optional)
- Ripe Bananas
- Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance)
- Plant-Based Milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- Garlic Cloves
- Vegan Bacon
- Raw Cashews
- Mild Miso Paste
- Maple Syrup
- Fresh Cranberries
- Agave Nectar
- Dairy-free cornbread stuffing mix
- Vegetable Broth
- Russet Potatoes
- Fresh Carrots
- Tomato Paste
- White Wine
- No Beef Bouillon
- Bay Leaves
- Veggie Crumbles
- Frozen Corn
- Frozen Peas
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb Seasoning
- Mixed Greens
- Vegan Cheddar Shreds
- Vegan Mayo
- Canned or Frozen Corn
- Canned Cream Style Corn
- Vegan Corn Muffin Mix
- Vegan Sour Cream
- Sweet Potatoes
- Canned Chickpeas (save the liquid from the can!)
- Liquid Smoke
- Soy Sauce (or tamari if gluten free)
- Romaine Lettuce
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin Puree
- Gingersnap Cookies
- Coconut oil
- Silken Tofu (firm or extra firm)
- Hazelnut Dairy-free Creamer
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Xanthan Gum
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- Vegan Cream Cheese
- Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Dried Cranberries
- Coconut Flakes
- Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
There are other ingredients you’ll need which are part of your every-day pantry.
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Dried Dill
- Dried Basil
- Dried Ground Sage
- Dried Thyme Leaves
- Dried Ginger
- Dried Cinnamon
- Cocoa Powder
- Nutritional Yeast Flakes
- Sea Salt
- Brown Sugar
- Refined Sugar (or coconut sugar)
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Flax Seeds
- All-purpose, unbleached Flour
- Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Cream of Tartar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Corn Syrup
That’s the end of my shopping list for your vegan holiday meal plan. I’m going to love my time in the kitchen over the next several days. I hope you will too! ❤️
Health + Happiness,