Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Vegan Sweet potato biscuits

Here’s a vegan version of the very slightly sweet, traditional Southern sweet potato biscuits. They’re a perfect companion to hearty vegetable or bean stews, and a nice addition to Thanksgiving or Christmas menus. Or, just enjoy them for breakfast or as a not-too-sweet companion to a cup of coffee or tea. This makes about a dozen; or more if making smaller biscuits. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Squash, Sweet Potato, and Corn Chowder

Squash and corn chowder

Squash, corn, and sweet potato combine to make a hearty chowder that’s especially perfect for fall. Though this admittedly involves a bit of preparation, none of it is difficult. It’s a great soup to make on a quiet Sunday — you’ll be happy to come home to it during the week! It’s delicious with fresh cornbread. It’s also the kind of soup you won’t mind making an extra effort to make for holiday meals like Thanksgiving. more→

Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad

Spinach, orange, and red cabbage salad recipe

Here’s a gorgeous salad of spinach, red cabbage, and oranges that adds a burst of color and nutrition to the plate. It’s a quick salad for everyday meals and is equally welcome as part of a vegan Thanksgiving feast. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Wild rice salad with cranberries and walnuts

Wild rice adds a nutty crunch and elegance to salads. This is a wonderful companion to squash dishes, and makes an excellent room temperature side dish for fall and winter holiday or company meals, especially a vegan Thanksgiving. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing

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Even those of us who have given up the bird welcome a Thanksgiving dish that has been stuffed. This satisfying dish of butternut squash stuffed with whole grain (or gluten-free) bread, wild rice, and onions makes a handsome centerpiece for the holiday meal. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Maple and Tarragon Sweet Potatoes

Maple baked sweet potatoes

Maple syrup and tarragon are wonderful enhancements for the flavor of sweet potatoes. You’re welcome to make and serve this any time, of course, but it’s an especially delicious addition to the Thanksgiving meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Contemporary Candied Sweet Potatoes

contemporary candied sweet potatoes

Here’s a lightened version of the American holiday classic, candied yams,  featuring sweet potatoes (which are often misidentified as yams). Sweetened with orange juice and gently spiced with cinnamon, this is as welcome at the holiday table (especially Thanksgiving) as it is for everyday meals.
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Creamy Golden Potato-Squash Soup

Squash and potato soup recipe

In this luscious cool-weather soup, onions, garlic, winter squash, and silken tofu are all enveloped in the familiar flavor of potatoes, making this a wonderful vehicle for getting a lot of nourishing ingredients into eaters of all ages. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Salad with Greens and Herbs

Jerusalem artichoke salad with greens and herbs

Here’s a colorful and crunchy salad featuring Jerusalem artichokes, the misnamed underground tubers of a native American sunflower; they have nothing to do with Jerusalem and aren’t related to artichokes. In season in the late fall, they are quite fitting to serve as part of Thanksgiving dinner. Those who haven’t had them will find them surprising and exotic, kind of a crunchy cross between water chestnuts and potatoes.

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Green Chile Cornbread

vegan green chile cornbread

This moist vegan cornbread, spiked with green chile peppers, is an ideal companion to bean dishes, stews, and other hearty fare. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas.

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Winter Squash Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes and Peas

Stuffed Squash with Mashed Pot - 1

This mild mashed potato-stuffed squash makes a great alternative main dish for Thanksgiving, but it’s any time during fall harvest season or as a winter comfort food. Double the recipe to feed a bigger crowd. Each squash half can serve as a main dish portion; or cut each half again to make 8 smaller side dish portions. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Two-Potato Bread Stuffing Casserole

Two potato bread stuffing casserole

You need not wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy this vegan stuffing, made hearty with regular and sweet potato and whole-grain bread. That said, it is most welcome at the holiday table! For an everyday meal, roast some broccoli and cauliflower florets while this is in the oven, and serve with a bountiful tossed salad with some chickpeas or black beans tossed in for a nice meal. Photos by Evan  Atlas.  more→

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