Looking for the perfect vegan Thanksgiving Recipes? Here you’ll find everything delicious, from tasty sides like vegan stuffing, main dishes like vegan turkey, and desserts like vegan pumpkin pie. You’ll love all the delicious options to may your plant-based Thanksgiving dinner perfect!
Thanksgiving is one of the most special times of the year, especially when you’re hosting. But can you host a vegan Thanksgiving dinner? What are your options when it comes to family members who aren’t vegan?
Here I’m providing answers to those questions in addition to my absolutely favorite vegan Thanksgiving menu. You’ll get everything from breakfast ideas, appetizers, main meal, side dishes (oh how I love the side dishes), and dessert.
How to Host Vegan Thanksgiving
If you’re hosting or attending a family gathering for Thanksgiving, here are some ideas on how to make it entirely or partially vegan.
- Imagine you’re hosting dinner and some of your family are not vegan. Can you provide the vegan feast and allow family to bring their own dishes? If you’re comfortable with that, it’s a nice compromise.
- If you’re attending dinner hosted by a family member, ask if you can bring your own vegan feast. You’ll need an oven to heat up your food.
- I have family members who sometimes attempt to make us a vegan side dish. I truly appreciate their efforts and usually eat it, even if I question some of the ingredients included (for example, using a vegetarian cheese instead of vegan cheese). You’ll need to think through how you want to handle situations like these.
Here are the recipes I love when it comes to our vegan Thanksgiving menu:
It may be tempting to skip breakfast to save up on calories for the big meal, but if you’re hosting overnight guests, providing a delicious breakfast is a nice touch. Besides, starting your day with breakfast is always a good idea.
These vegan breakfast recipes are easy to make and can be made the day ahead and reheated for a quick and delicious start to the day.
Imagine waking up to the best weekend breakfast that’s easy to make and everyone loves! That’s what this vegan French toast is all about.
These vegan blackberry muffins are packed with blackberries and topped with a simple vanilla glaze. They are the best berry muffins ever!
This tasty vegan breakfast casserole has layers of biscuits, sausage, tofu scramble, and is topped with cheddar cheese. And it’s all vegan!
Cocktails & Beverages
I’m always tinkering with making the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes. That include cocktails and beverages. Having some drinks ready for the pre-dinner hour can be a nice way to get your guests relaxed and ready for the big meal. Here are some of our favorites.
This Raspberry Mojito is the most refreshing cocktail ever! You’ll love the flavors of raspberries, mint, and lime combined with white rum.
This festive Christmas punch is made with fruit juices and a simple syrup. It’s ready in 5 minutes and is served with fresh cranberries.
This delicious hibiscus margarita recipe is a refreshing, low sugar take on the classic recipe. Serve it with a splash of lime and tequila.
If you have guests that arrive early, having some light finger foods on hand is a great way to get people mingling. This takes the pressure off of you, the cook, with also being the host. Set out these vegan finger foods and a few beverages, and you can continue master cheffing in the kitchen!
This tasty Vegan Cheese Ball is made with vegan cheese, spices, and green onions, all blended together and rolled in crunchy toasted pecans.
This sweet potato hummus recipe is made with sauteed sweet potatoes infused with spices. Made with only 7 ingredients, it’s a tasty dip!
These cream cheese stuffed dates are easy to make and a delightful, naturally sweet treat. They’re perfect for celebrations or snacks.
What can vegans do for the main dish? Plenty! Here are some of my favorites.
This vegan ham is perfectly seasoned with smoky sweet flavors and topped with a pineapple glaze. Serve it as a loaf or sliced on sandwiches.
This vegan turkey recipe delivers a delicious roast full of flavor and plant-based protein. Serve it for the holidays or any time of year.
This vegan pot pie features a buttery crust filled with your favorites, like vegan chicken and vegetables in a creamy gravy-like sauce.
This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie made is perfect for those comfort-food cravings. It’s made with a stew infused with veggies and mashed potatoes.
I include salads as their own category here because I may pick and choose from different sides, but I ALWAYS include a salad. It’s non-negotiable for me. I’m from the midwest so we can really do a salad right here. These are what I consider to be some of the best!
This easy kale salad recipe is a nutritious dish to serve at your next plant-based party. It’s so tasty, no one will know it’s healthy, too!
This vegan wedge salad is bursting with fresh and flavorful ingredients like smoked apple bits, tomatoes, and a vegan blue cheese dressing.
You’ll love that this tasty Vegan Caesar Salad recipe has an authentic taste and creamy texture, but is made without raw eggs or fish.
Easy, healthy Vegan Broccoli Salad complete with veggie bacon is a creamy, tasty recipe. This is a vegan keto summer salad recipe with healthy ingredients.
This vegan 7-layer salad is a makeover of a Midwestern classic. It features layers of greens, veggie bacon, and a creamy dressing on top.
The side dish is one of my favorites when it comes to the holidays. These tasty vegan side dishes are delicious and easy to make, too.
These fluffy vegan mashed potatoes are perfectly buttery and creamy. Serve them as the perfect side dish for any plant-based meal.
This vegan broccoli casserole bakes up tender broccoli and rice smothered in a homemade vegan cheese sauce. It’s a perfect side dish!
This homemade vegan green bean casserole boasts tender green beans in a creamy, cheesy mushroom filling and topped with crispy fried onions.
This easy vegan stuffing is quick and delicious. Prepare it the day of your big dinner or make it ahead. It tastes so good, and it’s vegan!
Soft, tender, buttery, these easy vegan dinner rolls are a perfect and easy recipe to add something extra to your next family dinner.
Now we get to the real star of the show. These vegan desserts are great any time of year, but they are especially loved on Thanksgiving.
Everyone’s favorite pie veganized – Vegan Pecan Pie – with simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. This is an intensely-sweet pie with a vanilla base.
This easy Vegan Carrot Cake features a perfect spice flavor with a moist crumb and ultra-smooth vegan cream cheese frosting — it’s the best!
This easy No Bake Oreo Truffles recipe is made with only a few ingredients. The tasty base of these truffles is Oreos and dairy-free cream cheese.
The most incredible Vegan Red Velvet Cake is moist, soft, buttery, and is topped with a simple, homemade cream cheese frosting. It’s always a crowd favorite!
This amazing Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe is what you want to display on your holiday dessert table. It’s gorgeous, and delicious too!
Thanksgiving Week Meal Prep
Now that you’ve got your vegan Thanksgiving recipes in order, it’s time to create a plan for how to go about making them all. Here’s how I break down my week:
- Clean out the fridge and freezer to make room for the extra dishes and leftovers created this week.
- Create a shopping list
- Shop for any ingredients you don’t have on hand.
- Prepare the stuffing (but don’t bake it), cool, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake on Thursday.
- Make the pie crust dough, wrap tightly and refrigerate.
- Prepare the dinner rolls and chill until ready to bake.
- Make the vegan turkey.
- Prepare the red velvet cake, but don’t frost it. Wrap tightly and refrigerate.
- Prepare the vegan cream cheese frosting (for the red velvet cake). Store in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to frost the cake.
- Prepare the vegan gravy, set it aside to cool, then cover and refrigerate.
- Make the salad dressing and refrigerate.
- Make the green bean casserole, cool, cover, and refrigerate.
- Peel and chop the potatoes, cover with water, and refrigerate.
- Make the pumpkin pie, set aside to cool, then cover and refrigerate.
- Make the pecan pie, set aside to cool, cover, and refrigerate.
- Prepare the salad, but do not top with dressing.
- Make coconut whipped cream, cover and refrigerate.
Some of this can be done ahead of time, but the rest you can do an hour or so before guests arrive.
- Boil the potatoes until tender, then mash them according to the recipe instructions.
- Bake the dinner rolls.
- Frost the cake and place it on your dessert table.
- Place the pies on your dessert table.
- Transfer the stuffing to a baking pan and bake.
- Heat the vegan turkey, green bean casserole, and gravy.
- Add the dressing to the salad.
Thanksgiving Meal Tips
After years of hosting big dinners, here are my favorite tips to share with you. My hope is these tips will help make your day as wonderful for your guests and you as possible.
- Plan your menu. What is the number of guest you’ll have? Does anyone have a gluten intolerance? Keep these things in mind as you prepare your menu. If you have only one vegan turkey, plan to make more side dishes.
- Take it Easy Where You Can. It’s ok to use storebought, such as a storebought stuffing mix (as long as it’s vegan). This is a big meal you’re planning for and keeping it simple (while also delicious) is the way to go.
- Meal Prep Thanksgiving Dinner. I’ve found doing as many recipes ahead of time rather than the day of the big meal, helps me have dinner on the table on time.
- Don’t Use an Untested Recipe. Thanksgiving day is not a time to be testing a new recipe. I recommend planning your menu early and testing a new recipe before making it for Thanksgiving. That way you know you’re got a winner!
- Plan the Scene. Where will you be serving dinner? At the dining room table? Clean that room early and plan what each place setting will look like. Do you need place mats? Napkins? Do you have enough plates and silverware for everyone? Do you have enough serving utensils? Will you serve the food buffet style (in the kitchen) or family style (on the table). Thinking through these logistics ahead of time can make the day of the big event better.
- Set the Scene. Go ahead and clean the dining room and set the table early. That way it’s one thing out of the way.
- Clean the Fridge. Making space in the fridge ahead of time is important! It will help create space for dishes you make ahead, but also leftovers on the big day!
Keeping the Peace
Try to make space to enjoy this special time with family. That means preserving peace, whatever that means for you.
I used to be a huge BeeGees fan so I watched the recent documentary with Barry Gibb. They showed all the struggles that he and Robin went through, and then one day, Robin died. Barry said afterward how much he regretted letting those little things get in the way of their relationship. So, my advice to myself is to not let differences of opinion get in the way of relationships.
Use the friendship model for guiding yourself through this day. Create a spirit of friendship, even among family. That means being playful and/or fun, listening, and enjoying each others’ company.
On a very basic level, I like to imagine that on this day we come together over a meal created with love. It doesn’t have to be anything more than that.
Holistic coach Mally Alliman says that taking a moment of calm before eating not only helps with digestion, it can help to create space for mindful eating. I love these terms of gratitude/blessings that can be expressed before any meal.
- Itadakimasu — This is an expression of gratitude for everyone who had a hand in creating the meal.
- Universe Blessing — Thicht Nhat Hhan said in his book that he says this prayer before meals, “In this food I see clearly the entirety of the universe supporting my existence.”
- The Humanist Benediction — For the meal we are about to eat, for those that made it possible, for those with whome we are about to share it, we are thankful.
- Buddhinst Meal Blessing — We receive this food in gratitutde to all beings who have helped to bring it to our table, and vow to respond in turn to those in need with wisdom and compassion.
- Native American Blessing (variation) — We give thanks to the plants that have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together. We give thanks for our friends and family who have traveled here today. May this meal bring us strength and health.
- Nature Blessing — Blessed be the Earth for providing us this food. Blessed be the Sun for helping it to grow. Blessed be the wind and Birds for carrying its seed. And blessed be the Rain for the water’s loving flow. Blessed be the hands that helped prepare this meal. Oh, blessed be our friends, our families, and all of our loved ones. Blessed be our Mother Earth.
- Secular Blessing — Dear earth who gives to us this food, dear sun who makes it ripe and good. Sun above and earth below, our loving thanks to you we show.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some popular questions oftentimes asked about vegan Thanksgiving.
What do vegans east for Thanksgiving?
Vegans have a number of options to eat for Thanksgiving, including plant-based turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more. Side dishes are always a favorite because they’re often vegetable-focused. Substituting plant-based milk, butter, and cheese transforms side dishes into tasty plant-based alternatives. The same is true for dessert.
What can I serve besides meat for Thanksgiving?
There are plenty of non-meat options you can serve for Thanksgiving. These include vegetarian shepherd’s pie, Tofurkey, Field Roast, or even making a homemade vegan turkey.
Is pumpkin pie vegan?
Pumpkin pie is typically made with evaporated milk and eggs and is therefore not vegan. However, it’s easy to make it vegan by substituting plant-based milk and cornstarch as an egg substitute.
I hope you love these Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and tips. Do you have a favorite vegan Thanksgiving side dish? Please share it in the comments below!
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes + Easy Vegan Stuffing
- Heat your oven to 375°F/190°C. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking pan or casserole dish.
- Heat the vegan butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add the chopped celery and onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the vegetable broth over cooked onions/celery and give it a good stir. Cook over medium heat until this just begins to boil.
- Pour in the stuffing and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- Add more seasoning—like dried sage, salt, and pepper—to taste. Pour into your prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until the stuffing is golden and crusty on the top.
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