Recipes

Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Made Easy

Rice and Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash

Want the secret for cooking a successful and delicious vegan Thanksgiving dinner that everyone—including those family members and friends who crack jokes and claim to only eat meat—will be raving about?

It’s simple: Design a well-rounded vegan Thanksgiving menu that is filled with surprising and satisfying vegetable-based dishes and vegan twists on traditional favorites.

At first, for vegans, it may seem overwhelming to plan a Thanksgiving holiday meal, which usually focuses on turkey and the trimmings. But the variety and number of dishes presented at the vegan Thanksgiving table actually creates the perfect opportunity to show guests how easy and delicious vegan cooking can be. more→

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Curried Yam Stew

Curried yam stew by John McDougall

This one-pot meal contains many of the plant-based world’s favorite foods: chickpeas, spinach, and yams. It is easy to prepare, cooks quickly, and tastes delicious. Adapted from The Healthiest Diet On the Planet: Why the Foods You Love—Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta and More—Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling your Best Copyright ©2016 by Dr. John McDougall & Mary McDougall. Published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, reprinted by permission. Photo by Jennifer Davick Photography. 

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10 Yummy Vegetable Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Vegan Green bean casserole

Vegetarian, vegan, omnivore — whatever the dietary preferences of your crowd at the Thanksgiving table, everyone can enjoy these delicious vegetable side dish. Most are (or can be made) gluten-free, too! We’ve got the traditional fall veggies covered here — choose two or three for your menu and enjoy! Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a winter holiday favorite. The original, vintage version uses canned cream of mushroom and (gasp!) canned fried onions; this one gets its creaminess from pureed white beans or silken tofu. more→

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Peanut Butter and Jam Scones

Peanut Butter & Jam Scones

Peanut butter and jam fans, this vegan baked treat is for you! These comforting scones are a great, wholesome breakfast pastry, or a nice accompaniment to coffee or tea on a chilly day. Unlike classic scone recipes, the dough for this one isn’t made with butter; peanut butter makes the perfect dairy-free stand-in. Use smooth peanut butter that has a flowing rather than clumpy consistency. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Chickpea Chopped Salad

chickpea chopped salad wraps

Here’s a tasty chickpea chopped salad that may just become your go-to sandwich spread or wrap filling. Or, just add a scoop to a green salad to add protein. Filled with olives, cucumbers, peppers, and sunflower seeds, this is both comforting and crunchy all at once. It’s great for a portable lunch for work or school, too. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Pumpkin Juice

pumpkin juice

There’s more to pumpkin juice than just breaking into a haunted pumpkin patch, fending off the zombies, and juicing a pumpkin. This Harry Potter-inspired version simmers spices, fresh ginger and vanilla bean – with apple juice to infuse it. Then it’s blended with soaked dried apricots, pumpkin purée and a little nutmeg. It’s sweetened only with dried apricots. Reprinted with permission from The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes by Kathy Hester © 2016 printed with permission. more→

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Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole

butternut squash and pasta casserole

This simple and comforting vegan casserole will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off. To make this, pre-bake the butternut squash until the wide part with the seeds can be easily pierced, and the narrow part can be pierced with some resistance. For some tips, see How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Polenta, Vegan Sausage, and Mushroom Stuffing

polenta and vegan sausage stuffing

Using prepared polenta and vegan sausage makes for a nice change-of-pace stuffing for fall and winter meals, and it’s great for the Thanksgiving table, too. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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