Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
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→
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→
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.
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.
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, 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→
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 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→
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.
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.
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.
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.