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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Love

November 16, 2016

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Being vegan doesn’t have to mean missing out on Thanksgiving favorites like pumpkin pie and delicious savory and satisfying dishes! That’s why we’ve gathered some tasty Thanksgiving recipes even the pickiest meat-eaters will love! And if you’re hosting a holiday celebration with vegan guests, they’ll be extra thankful you’ve thought of them.

Tofu “turkey”
First thing’s first: create your main dish. If you want to stick with the traditional Thanksgiving menu, you can get protein and flavor from a tofu “turkey.” Many tofu turkey recipes are floating around the Internet, but we were intrigued by this one on All Recipes, which uses ingredients such as honey mustard, orange juice and miso paste.  Check out our blog post about other vegan sources of protein, perfect for your Thanksgiving meal!

Not into tofu or don’t eat soy? Try this delicious Apple Walnut Lentil Loaf by IIN Grad and Clean Food author, Terry Walters, instead! It makes a great non-traditional yet festive addition to your holiday table.

Lentil, sweet potato, carrot and apple soup
Warm up after a Thanksgiving parade or a brisk autumnal walk with a bowl of this antioxidant-packed lentil, sweet potato, carrot and apple soup from Epicurious. The lentils add an extra bit of protein to your menu, and just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean this soup is bland. A mix of fresh ginger and spices including cumin and curry powder give it a spicy kick. Although the recipe calls for yogurt, you can easily omit it, or substitute it for a vegan variety with almond or coconut milk.

Sweet potato casserole
If you can’t get enough of sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving, try this sweet potato casserole from Oh She Glows, made with a crunchy crumble of pecans, almond meal, coconut oil and maple syrup. For a creamier casserole, the recipe suggests subbing some vegan butter for coconut cream.

Ginger cinnamon cranberry sauce
Forget that ordinary slab of canned cranberry sauce. This recipe from Healthy Blender combines frozen cranberries, orange juice, cherries, ginger, cinnamon and more for a new take on an old favorite.

Vegan stuffing
What would Thanksgiving be without stuffing? Unfortunately, the usual recipes are packed with butter. But this simple vegan stuffing from Minimalist Baker uses vegan butter and flax egg, along with the typical stuffing staples. And there’s a healthy twist: green lentils!

No-bake pumpkin pie
Don’t skip out on perhaps the most popular Thanksgiving dessert—pumpkin pie. Check out this vegan pie recipe, another treat from Minimalist Baker, featuring whipped topping made of coconut milk and a crust of dates, nuts and oats. For filling, choose a non-dairy milk to mix with your pumpkin puree. The best part of this recipe? It’s no bake!

What’s your favorite vegan dish? Share it here!

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