16 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to Please Everyone!

16 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to Please Everyone

Being Vegan over Thanksgiving can be a challenge. Animal products seem to dominate everything – but with our help, you won’t go without. In fact, we’ve put together some of our favorite recipes to help out. Whether you’re hosting for the Holiday or bringing food to help out the host – we’ve got everything you need, from Appetizers to Dessert. Read on and plan your menu!

Main Meals

Cozy + Comforting Lentil Loaf

Sliced Lentil Load with fresh herbs served as a  vegan Thanksgiving Roast.

We love this vegan-ized meatloaf as part of a Thanksgiving spread. It fills that spot for a tasty, sliceable table centerpiece – and saves a turkey 😃! It also keeps well in the fridge and that means leftovers!

Don’t feel like lentil loaf? Well, there are plenty of tasty meatless roasts available! Check out these super-helpful videos for some ideas:

Stuffed Squash with Delicious Quinoa Filling

Baking tray topped with baked winter squash, filled with quinoa filling.

These roasted squash are a real people pleaser! The combination of sweet, caramelized squash and nutty quinoa stuffing is perfect for Fall. They’re quite substantial too, which makes it easy to cook for a crowd.

Easy + Tasty Green Bean Casserole

Vegan version of a classic Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Here’s our vegan take on a Thanksgiving favorite. Enjoy this piping hot combination of green beans, mushroom gravy, and crunchy fried onions at your holiday feast. We make it from scratch, with fresh ingredients, so you can be sure it’ll taste great!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Vegan version of a classic Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

It’s so simple to create this Holiday classic using 100% plant-based ingredients! All you need is vegan marshmallows, which are super-easy to find. And the usual dairy is easily substituted with plant milk and vegan butter. It’s just as delicious, using nothing but plants.

Appetizers and Sides

Deviled ‘Eggs’ made with Potato

Plate of deviled 'eggs' garnished with chives and smoked paprika.

This recipe makes an awesome plate of finger food! It’s a great vegan option to take with you when someone else is hosting. Also, everyone loves these – so if Thanksgiving’s at your place, watch everybody dig in!

Spanakopita Triangles (spinach and vegan feta pastries)

Close up shot of some vegan spanakopita triangles.

These Greek-inspired pastries are a crunchy, creamy, decadent treat that will fly off the plate! This recipe is another vegan option that your Thanksgiving guests will devour.

Spicy Edamame

Bowl of spicy edamame surrounded by empty edamame pods and glasses of beer

How about something a little different? These Spicy Edamame are very tasty and super addictive! They might not be a Thanksgiving tradition, but people will be popping these in their mouths as fast as they can (vegan or not).

Sides

Homemade Cranberry sauce

Bowl filled with cranberry sauce

Why not say NO to the canned stuff this Thanksgiving? Instead, make your cranberry sauce from fresh, in-season fruit! It’s a very easy recipe and has way more flavor and texture than sauce-in-a-can.

Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Bowl filled with creamy instant pot mashed potatoes topped with herbs

If a meal is served without mashed potatoes, is it really Thanksgiving dinner? Well, with this recipe you don’t need to find out 😉. We dump the dairy, using all plant-based ingredients instead. The result is so creamy and delicious that no-one at the table would even know!

Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing with Cranberries

Casserole dish filled with vegan stuffing with cranberries

We think stuffing is much better when it’s not actually stuffed into something. Don’t you? This deliciously vegan mix of crispy bread, savory herbs, and juicy cranberries will make your Thanksgiving spread complete!

Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic + Rosemary

Baking dish filled with multi color hassleback potatoes with garlic and rosemary

Hasselback potatoes are a fantastic way to bump up the WOW factor for a Thanksgiving feast. These beauties not only look good but combine crispy and creamy textures all in one dish. Also, they are especially tasty when scattered with roasted garlic, plus fresh rosemary and sage.

Super-easy One Bowl Corn Bread

A stack of cornbread pieces.

A typical Thanksgiving plate gets flooded with delicious gravy. Therefore, let’s make sure there’s something to mop it up with! We love this tender, moist cornbread on the side of any meal. Once again, it’s vegan, but no-one celebrating Thanksgiving with you would know. Why not let them devour it first and then break the good news – no animals were harmed in the making of this side dish!

Soups

Purple Sweet Potato Soup

Three bowls of purple sweet potato soup.

We eat with our eyes, or so the saying goes. So why not give everyone at your Holiday celebration a visual feast? Luckily, this soup isn’t just pretty, it also tastes amazing! Serve it up to take the edge off everyone’s hunger while the main meal comes together 😋.

Butternut Squash Soup

Three bowls of butternut squash soup topped with fresh herbs, nuts and seeds.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Fall soup – here it is! This recipe is a delicious way to put some winter squash on the table. It’s dairy-free yet just as creamy and satisfying as a regular recipe. Just be sure not to ladle out too much – or everyone will be full before the meal even starts!

Desserts

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie garnished with heart shaped pastry shapes

If there’s one thing you need to put on the table at Thanksgiving, it’s a kick-ass pumpkin pie! We think this recipe is extra-special because it’s both vegan and gluten-free. That means pretty much everyone can have a piece! Serve it up with some dairy-free ice cream for extra awesome points 😃.

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Baked sweet potato brownies topped with pecans and cut into squares

Our Fudgy Sweet Potato brownies are an excellent option to bring along to a Holiday event. They’re decadent, chocolatey, yet somehow packed with plant-based goodness! What a sweet way to slip some nutrition into the Holiday feast 😉.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a fun, relaxing Holiday season. We’re thankful that you’re here, taking some time to read our blog during such a busy season. Hopefully, this post helped you put together an amazing vegan Thanksgiving feast. Show your family and friends how wonderful 100% plant-based food can be, and help them to Go Vegan!

If you try some of these recipes please let us know what you think with a comment and rating. Every bit of feedback helps make The Plant Riot even better!

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