10 Ridiculously Good Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
There’re no animal products here. But there is a seitan roast. And great side dishes. And perfect desserts.
Every Thanksgiving, the vegan cook faces a dilemma: Tweak the traditional Thanksgiving recipes (and risk offending Aunt Joan with a new take on her sweet potato casserole) or forge a new path with some new recipes for vegan dishes. If you’re ready to make your own food traditions, start with this roster of 10 delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks
This succulent seitan roast stuffed with herbed, meaty shiitakes and leeks may even convert turkey lovers to the vegan way. The seitan is mixed with pureed pinto beans to give it great, juicy texture and even a hint of pink color. The vegan stuffing is coated with bread crumbs, which keep it perfectly packed into the roast when you slice it. It all comes together when baked in a familiar aluminum foil wrapping. You can even keep it in the fridge for up to three days beforehand and reheat it on the big day. Mushroom lovers: Serve with this vegan mushroom gravy for even more flavor.
Risotto with Pumpkin, Sage, Chestnuts, and Cranberries
You may be skeptical that a vegan risotto could ever be as good as a traditional one packed full of cheese — until now. This vegan risotto with pumpkin, chestnuts, and cranberries is creamy, delicious, and full of nutritious ingredients. Even better — it’s vegan. There’s no need to replace the cheese with vegan cheese — the pumpkin does a brilliant job of breaking down to create the perfect risotto texture. A little nutritional yeast adds some extra nutrients and nutty taste, but this is optional so don’t worry if you don’t have any. As either a main dish or a side dish, you'll be sure to please with this addition to your Thanksgiving menu.
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Who says you have to eat something turkey-ish for your main course on Thanksgiving? This vegan lasagna recipe is a crowd pleaser even for those who aren’t into vegan food; white beans add a classic creamy texture, while celeriac noodles keep the dish gluten-free. The roasted butternut squash sauce just ups the nutrition factor even more.
Raw Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts
This recipe will make you a Brussels sprouts believer. Roasted brussels sprouts become soft and sweet. Raw, the sprouts keep their crunch. Mustard in the vinaigrette dressing helps to tenderize them a bit, without turning them to rubber. And the raw shaved Brussels sprouts dotted with bright red dried cranberries embody the colors of the season, making it a perfect addition to any holiday table. (Feel free to pull this gluten-free recipe out again for Christmas!)
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole
Need a delicious Thanksgiving side dish? This casserole will not disappoint. It’s filled with creamy, mashed sweet potatoes and topped with a sweet, crunchy, oatmeal topping made of pecans and almond flour. Drizzle it with maple syrup and you have a winning side dish. It’s also refined gluten-free and sugar-free. With its gorgeous sweet potato color and fabulous maple-pecan flavors, you don’t have to save this highly-rated vegan recipe for the Thanksgiving table.
Parmesan Green Beans
This elegant side dish elevates basic green beans to a whole new level, and it’s great for entertaining because it looks and tastes like you spent a lot more time on it than you actually did. Roasting the green beans assures they will be crisp-tender and full of robust flavor. As an added bonus, the high-quality extra virgin olive oil and freshly-grated Parmesan cheese enhance the natural appeal of this classic side. No one will miss the green bean casserole!
Red Curry Mashed Potatoes
This is a great and flavorful alternative to your regular mashed potatoes. Once you have the red curry paste, it’s pretty simple — after that, you just need to boil the potatoes and mash them together with the red curry paste and coconut milk. It can also be made ahead the previous day, so that’s one less thing you have to do on Thanksgiving itself.
Vegan Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
This gluten-free salad with shaved brussels sprouts is packed with nutrition and delicious flavors. Rich in glucosinolates (detox compounds), antioxidants, vitamins C and K, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, brussels sprouts help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol and aid digestion. For those of you who are skeptical about eating raw brussels sprouts, the secret to getting them to taste amazing is to shred them into really thin shreds and coat them with a delicious creamy dressing like this one.
Roasted Kabocha Squash with Apple Cider Glaze
Yes, this time of year, pumpkin gets all the love. But this easy, sweet, roasted kabocha squash recipe — complete with a delicious apple cider glaze — is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. It’s full of delicious fall flavors (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and sugar), and it makes your house smell even better than those fall-scented candles.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pecans
Don't forget this classic Thanksgiving dessert! Here is a vegan pumpkin pie with a difference — both dense and creamy (even without cream or eggs) and spiced just right. Remember that the pie needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least five hours before serving (overnight is fine), so plan ahead. Allow the pie to return to room temperature before serving. Don't place the nuts on the filling until shortly before you are ready to serve, or the sugars will “leak” and make the surface of the pie wet. It's cosmetic only, but let’s serve pretty pie.