These simple Soft Vegan Sweet Potato Dinner Biscuits are so moist and flaky, they practically melt in your mouth. Fantastic to serve with fall meals, especially as an accompaniment to chili or other stews, these are also a welcome addition to your vegan Thanksgiving menu. Recipe contributed by Cathe Olson from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook.* Continue Reading…
Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This recipe makes a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish but is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
This colorful kale dish featuring fennel, cranberries, and walnuts makes a lovely Thanksgiving side dish, but you need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Recipe contributed by Ellen Kanner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…
Served in its shell, this simple recipe for Cranberry Spaghetti Squash makes a dramatic presentation as part of a winter meal. It’s festive enough to serve as a holiday side dish at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table as well. For more servings, simply double the recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas.
This Cranberry-Apple Relish adds vivid color to fall harvest meals. Make this recipe for a change of pace from jellied sauces at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
This Vegan Thanksgiving Torte combines all your favorite Thanksgiving varieties of classic textures and savory flavors which come from its combination of wild rice, mushrooms, nuts, and sage. This recipe makes a hearty main dish when served with a robust Mushroom Sauce (recipe below) and goes well with all the typical Thanksgiving side dishes like cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, chestnut stuffing, and veggie combinations. Continue Reading…
Wild rice adds a wonderful texture to this Cranberry-Pear Wild Rice Stuffing; the sweetness of dried cranberries in the recipe lends a delicious flavor. This is an ideal stuffing for winter squashes which stands as a dazzling holiday main dish. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…
While I wish I could take all the credit for the unique blend of flavors here, the inspiration for these Maple-Sriracha 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.
Here’s a basic recipe for Massaged Kale Salad with Cranberries and Cashews, along with lots of variations. 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 add some sliced celery or bok choy for extra crunch. Even in its simplest form, as presented here, it’s luscious, festive, and just as welcome for every day 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.
If candied sweet potatoes are too cloying for your palate, try them prepared in a savory rather than sweet way. This recipe, fragrant with garlic and thyme and studded with black olives, may change your mind about sweet potatoes if they’ve never been your veggie of choice. This recipe doubles easily for a larger crowd.
This salad recipe has ﬂavors that speak eloquently of autumn—pears, walnuts, bitter greens, and cranberries. You can substitute other dried fruit if you like. It’s a simple enough salad to serve for every day, yet dressed up enough to serve as a first course for company meals. It’s a welcome addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas menus, as well. Double the recipe for a larger crowd. Contributed by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, adapted from The Veggie Queen™: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment.* Continue Reading…
You can make this festive roasted sweet potato dish with yams or sweet potatoes or a combination of both. Generally speaking, garnet yams are sweeter than sweet potatoes. Serve it as part of a vegan Thanksgiving holiday or anytime you want to warm up the house with the sweet aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photo by Tracey Eller
Thanksgiving is the Mother of All Holidays, according to many vegans. There are few special occasions that can compare when it comes to amazing plant-based food choices that celebrate the fall harvest — truly something to be thankful for. And even though the meal can be filling — or indeed, over-filling — leave room for one or two of these delectable vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes. There are the requisite pumpkin pies, with variations, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other appealing options. Make sure to visit our Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner page for an incredible array of options for the entire meal. Continue Reading…
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. We like to take them out of the tins they come in, and place them in a similar-sized pie pan. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. This recipe makes two pies, for at least 12 servings. For a smaller crowd, to make one pie, halve the recipe. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky
Thanksgiving has gotten to be a more inclusive holiday over the past few years — where once upon a time, the lone vegetarian or two picked at side dishes. Fast-forward to the present, and even full-fledged vegans can enjoy the full feast, from appetizers to desserts. Whether you’re going to be a guest or host, you’ll want to explore these options for our best vegan Thanksgiving main dish recipes. And make sure to explore our entire array of vegan Thanksgiving dinner recipes.
Three Sisters Stew (shown at top) is somewhat like chili, though it’s 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! Continue Reading…
This mild mashed potato-stuffed winter 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 stuffed winter 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.
- 2 medium butternut or carnival squashes (1½ to 2 pounds each)
- 6 medium potatoes, any variety, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, cut into thick 2-inch-long matchsticks
- ½ cup unsweetened nondairy milk
- 1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
- 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend (such as Spike or Mrs. Dash)
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Nutritional yeast to taste, optional
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and fibers. Cover with aluminum foil and place the halves, cut side up, in a foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, leaving a firm ¼- to ½-inch-thick shell all around. Mash the pulp and set side until needed.
- Meanwhile, combine the potatoes with enough water to cover in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then simmer steadily, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and carrot and sauté over medium heat until the onion is golden and the carrot is tender-crisp. Remove from the heat.
- When the potatoes are done, drain them and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the milk and mash until smooth. Stir in the onion-carrot mixture, followed by the peas, nutritional yeast, and nutmeg. Add the reserved squash pulp, and stir gently until the mashed potato and squash are well integrated.
- Divide the mixture evenly among the four squash shells. Bake for 15 minutes, until well heated through. Serve each half as one substantial portion, or cut each half crosswise to make 8 smaller portions.
Variation: Substitute 1 large sweet potato for 2 of the other potatoes.
Why center your Thanksgiving dinner on the turkey? With many trusted and tasty recipes online, creating a vegan Thanksgiving menu can be simple, delicious and compassionate.
Browsing our favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes can make it fun to plan a vegan Thanksgiving dinner that is sure to please everyone at the table. Vegan recipes for appetizers, soups, vegetable side dishes, main courses, breads and desserts will ensure no one misses the meat. Continue Reading…
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. Continue Reading…