Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Massaged Kale Salad with Cranberries and Cashews

massaged kale salad with cranberries and cashews

Here’s a basic recipes for massaged kale salad, with lots of ways to vary it. You can toss in some slivered baby carrots, substitute another kind of nut, add a bit of thinly shredded red cabbage for extra color, or sliced celery or bok choy for extra crunch. Even in its simple form, as presented here, it’s luscious and festive, and just as welcome for everyday as well as holiday meals. Its colors make it especially nice for a vegan Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sproouts2 randy clemens

While I wish I could take all the credit for the unique blend of flavors here, the inspiration for the Brussels sprouts came from a restaurant in NYC called the Vanderbilt. I was going to rework their recipe as a side dish, but after taking my first bite of this new version, I realized that serving the Brussels sprouts atop my favorite wild rice dish would create a stunning entrée. Recipe and photo reprinted by permission from The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook ©2013 by Randy Clemens. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie

Vegan pumpkin pie with dairy free whipped cream and cinnamon sticks on holiday table

Smooth, sweet butternut puree tastes just as good as sugar pumpkin in the classic pumpkin pie (vegan style)—perhaps even better! Once you’ve got the squash or pumpkin baked, which I do ahead of time, making this nourishing pie is a snap. It contains no eggs or dairy, of course, but no one will notice the difference. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers

Brussels sprouts with chard

Halves of Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with any variety of chard, and they taste wonderful together, too, making for a perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Substitute kale, collards, escarole, or broccoli rabe, depending on what’s available. Recipe from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas ©2012, Sterling Publishing. Reprinted by permission. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Walnut-Apple Stuffing

Apple walnut stuffing

If your Thanksgiving company includes eaters of mixed persuasions, vegetarians and vegan guests won’t want to eat stuffing that’s been cooked in the bird. Of course, you need not wait for special occasions to make this. Everyone loves stuffing! Of course, you can use a gluten-free bread if need be. The sweet apple and red onion contrast nicely with the herbal notes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread is only as good as it is fresh; and when it’s past that point, I like to make this simple, comforting stuffing. Of course, if you don’t happen to have half a pan of leftover cornbread on hand, use a prepared cornbread. more→

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with a hint of chocolate

Here’s a vegan cheesecake-like version of pumpkin pie that offers a subtle chocolate twist with each bite. What a perfect way to finish a Thanksgiving dinner! Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Coconut Butternut Squash Soup with a Garnish of Greens

coconut butternut squash soup with fresh kale and onion garnish and cornbread side

Once you’ve got the butternut squash baked, this autumnal soup comes together quickly. The mellow flavors of coconut milk, kale, and red onions synergies delectably with the squash, and look gorgeous together as well. It’s a fantastic first course for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, but it need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Susan Voisin.

 

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Vegan Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

vegan pumpkin cheesecake on white plate with silver fork holiday table thanksgiving dessert

Thanksgiving isn’t the same without pumpkin pie. But if you’re looking for something different and delicious that your guests willl go crazy over, you’ve found it. Recipe and photos contributed by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes

Tempeh, Brussels Sprouts, and Sweet Potato stew

Just about any type of tempeh—soy, quinoa, sesame, wild rice—works well in this stew, which tastes even better the next day. It’s a lovely main dish option for a vegan Thanksgiving table, though you can make it any time you crave something hearty and warming.  Cranberry-Orange Sauce is a perfect accompaniment. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Going Wild in the Kitchen: The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy

vegan mashed potatoes with onion gravy

Have a fabulous celebration with these mashed potatoes and gravy, a must-have on the dinner table during the holidays — they’re a welcome addition for both vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner menus. Try some of the variations for both recipes and make it even more fun! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett, from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Easy Mushroom Gravy

Easy vegan mushroom gravy

If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes. In other words, this makes comfort dishes even more comforting. This recipe makes about 2 cups. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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