Here’s a fantastic array of abundant vegan Thanksgiving recipes in 4 handy roundups, letting you to easily choose from the categories you’re looking for. Use these listings to create memorable mix-and-match menus for your compassionate plant-based holiday.
For many vegans and vegetarians, Thanksgiving is the Mother of All Holidays. Over the last couple of decades, we’ve gone from picking at side dishes to creating and participating in a full celebratory feast.
Despite the holiday’s all-American identity, let’s not forget that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as well—it’s on the October calendar, as befits a harvest festival. And keep in mind that Thanksgiving’s original intent was as a feast of gratitude for the harvest’s abundance — making it quite fitting as a plant-based meal. Here you’ll find:
21+ Main Dishes
25+ Sides & Salads
16+ Pumpkin Desserts
Link to each category below!
A LITTLE THANKSGIVING ETIQUETTE FOR THE PLANT-BASED CROWD
What should you do if you’re a vegan or vegetarian invited to a traditional Thanksgiving gathering (or, for that matter, any holiday gathering at which you know that meat will be served)?
- If you’re going to be in the plant-based minority, volunteer to bring a main dish that you can enjoy (and possibly a stuffing baked in a casserole), and that others can have as side dishes. Be prepared to make a heaping helping; in my experience, everyone else always wants some of what we’re eating!
- Perhaps you’re an omnivore who’s hosting the meal, and expecting a vegan or vegetarian or two. That may be what brought you to this post. If your vegan guests haven’t volunteered to contribute anything (or if you’d like to try making something to impress the new vegan in the family), read on for plenty of alternative main dishes.
- For the vegans, try to be tolerant of others at the holiday table. I know it’s hard, and many has been the time when I’ve needed to bite my tongue. But the table isn’t the place for guilt-inducing, emotionally charged discussions about animal agriculture.Vegans have a plethora of stomach-turning facts (and around this time, the conditions of the poor, hapless mass-produced turkeys) in a file at the very front of their brains. Wait for a more opportune moment to expound on the topic, and expound away when the time is right. Silence doesn’t accomplish anything!
- Likewise, devout meat-eaters shouldn’t use the holiday table as a setting to belittle the choices of those committed to vegan diets. If, as a vegan, you do feel confronted by drunk Uncle Joe or flaky Aunt Clarabelle for your compassionate choices, tell them you’ll be glad to continue the conversation after the meal.But be strong and down back down. For the duration of the meal focus on what those of us of differing culinary philosophies have in common, such as a penchant for yummy sweet potatoes.
Is your celebration a small and cosy one? Here are mix-and-match recipes for a scaled-down Thanksgiving.