Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn

red quinoa pilaf with kale and corn

I love recipes that are impressive enough to serve guests, yet easy enough to make as an everyday dish. In Vegan Holiday Kitchen, this recipe is offered as a Thanksgiving side dish; it’s so hearty that the addition of a cup or two of  beans (yummy with black beans), can make it plentiful entree. Or, to dress it up even more, use it to stuff small squashes like golden acorn or delicata. Can’t find red quinoa? Regular is fine; it will taste just as good, even if it won’t be as photogenic. Photo by Susan Voisin.
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Nutty Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Rich with nutty, invigorating flavors, this earthy wild rice and mushroom pilaf is good served warm or at room temperature. It’s a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, though you need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Pear and Apple Crumble

Apple pear crumble recipe

If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this pear and apple crumble is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

Hearty vegetable pot pie

Everyone loves the nostalgic classic, vegetable pot pie. Many VegKitchen readers have let us know that this mild dish of hearty veggies enclosed in pie crust is on their regular cool-weather meal rotation; it’s also a crowd-pleasing vegan option for a Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Using prepared whole-grain pie crusts makes pot pies a snap to prepare. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. Photo credit: Sang An. This recipe makes two pies, for at least 12 servings. For a smaller crowd, to make one pie, halve the recipe.

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Sweet Potato and Edamame Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet potato shepherd's pie recipe

This vegan sweet potato variation on shepherd’s pie makes a festive holiday centerpiece, especially for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Greens and edamame meld with mushrooms in the creamy sauce, creating a burst of flavor that’s both exciting and comforting. From Big Vegan: 350 Recipes. No Meat/No Dairy. All Delicious* by Robin Asbell.

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Quick Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Quick Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

With the addition of sweet potatoes, this easy chili is filling and warming. Baking or microwaving the sweet potatoes ahead of time cuts down on both the preparation as well as the cooking time. Enjoy leftovers for a thermos lunch or subsequent dinners. Fresh corn bread is a wonderful companion. Serve with a simple salad or any of VegKitchen’s coleslaws and/or a side of sautéed greens. If you need a last-minute idea for a vegan main dish for Thanksgiving dinner, this is a great choice. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

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Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty lentil and mushroom shepherds pie

There are no words to describe this lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. It’s a bit of a project, but not at all difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion or holiday meal. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.  more→

Easy Raw Cranberry-Apple Relish

Fresh raw cranberry apple relish

Antioxidant and nutrient-dense cranberries have so much going for them. Why not enjoy these tart treats raw? This delicious relish can be made in minutes and can be enjoyed on special occasions (like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when cranberry sauce is a staple) or for everyday meals. This recipe doubles easily for serving a crowd. Served in small portions, this provides a great burst of color and flavor to the plate and goes just as well with spicy dishes as it does with comfort foods.

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Leek and Corn Stuffed Peppers

Corn and Leek Stuffed Peppers

For these festive leek and corn stuffed peppers, try to use fresh corn if you can. In the late fall or early winter, organic frozen corn will do just fine.  This dish makes an attractive centerpiece for special occasion dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas. For everyday or weekend meals for a smaller crowd, cut the recipe in half. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Cranberry-Apple Chutney

Apple Cranberry Chutney

If your only experience with cranberries has been in sweet, jelled sauces, this spicy cranberry and apple chutney will provide a welcome change of pace for your grown-up palate! It’s a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner. more→

Wine-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

wine-glazed Brussels sprouts

A slightly sweet glaze of  wine gives Brussels sprouts a deep, rich flavor. This is an easy and tasty way to serve Brussels sprouts for everyday meals. Double the recipe to serve at a festive Thanksgiving meal.

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“Three Sisters” Stew

Three sisters stew recipe

Here’s a great main dish option for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s somewhat like chili, though more about the squash than beans. In Native American mythology, squash, corn, and beans are known as of the “three sisters” — the very crops that the harvest festival of Thanksgiving is meant to celebrate! If you bake your pumpkin or squash a day ahead, the stew will come together in a snap. And if you’re not accustomed to dealing with winter squash, or don’t have the time, see the shortcut following the recipe. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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