Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. And whether you’re hosting at home or going to a loved one’s residence, one thing is for sure, food is an inextricable part of this holiday. While turkey may be the star, there are plenty of delicious dishes that don’t involve meat or dairy. And you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy! So to give you a head start on menu planning, we’ve rounded up scrumptious appetizers, sides, mains and desserts. We guarantee all your guests will gobble ‘em up!
1. Green Bean Skillet Casserole
Green bean casserole is a classic. And while your grandma may have made it with cream of mushroom soup, this dairy-free recipe relies on almond milk, veggie stock, and plenty of spices. One thing it doesn’t omit? Crispy fried onions.
Get the recipe on Simply Whisked
2. Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie
This chocolate and caramel-laced pecan pie is both creamy and decadent. You could tell guests it’s vegan before they dig in, but why bother? It’ll be so much more fun to see their reactions after they’ve devoured a slice or two.
Get the recipe on Vegan Family Recipes.
3. Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Pumpkins
And the winner for the most Instagram-worthy dish of 2017 is…these roasted, stuffed pumpkins. The filling? A flavorful white wine and garlic infused quinoa risotto, with red bell peppers and chickpeas.
Get the how-to on Full of Plants.
4. Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad
Autumn’s bounty in a bowl! Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, quinoa, pomegranate seeds, pecans, and balsamic vinegar come together to make one dynamite, veg-friendly side dish.
Get the recipe on Emilie Eats.
5. Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole
Everyone will be clamoring to try this sweet potato casserole. No dairy or refined sugar means you can enjoy a heaping scoop of goodness, sans guilt.
Get the recipe on Wake Up to Waffles.
6. Pumpkin Sage Hummus
Of course, you’ll want to set out some appetizers for friends and family to savor while sipping and mingling. This seasonally-inspired hummus blows any store-bought brand out of the water. Serve with veggies and homemade pita crackers.
Get the recipe on Le Petit Eats.
7. Cornbread Stuffing
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. This vegan, cornbread version is both colorful and delectable. Maple-glazed cranberries add a hint of sweetness, while pecans give it that crunch that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Get the recipe on Minimalist Baker.
8. Roasted Butternut Apple Soup
Proof that simple, seasonal ingredients can create something truly special. This velvety smooth soup stars roasted butternut squash and sautéd gala apples and is garnished with sprinkle of sumac, a swirl of coconut milk, and a handful pumpkin seeds for texture.
Get the recipe on Feasting at Home.
9. Sweet Potato, Sage, and Olive Oil Biscuits
Why settle for run-of-the-mill rolls when you can serve biscuits? And unlike traditional butter-forward recipes, this rendition puts fresh sage, sweet potato, and olive oil front and center.
Get the how-to on The Speckled Palate.
10. Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale
Wow family and friends with this homemade pumpkin gnocchi with kale (with options to use canned pumpkin or to roast your own). The recipe looks like a million bucks, but it can be thrown together surprisingly fast and uses garlicky kale as a delicious complement to the sweetness of the pumpkin.
11. Thanksgiving Bowl
This Thanksgiving bowl combines everything you know and love about Thanksgiving dinner: mashed potatoes, roasted veggies including brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, and acorn squash, an easy vegan gravy, and cranberry sauce. Serving it all in individual bowls makes for a cozy and appealing serving option (that’s also helpful for controlling portion size).
12. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Tempeh
This stuffed butternut squash is almost too pretty too eat. Almost. Filled with brown and wild rice mixed with veggies and protein powerhouse tempeh, the roasted squash is an earthy and savory dish to bring to the Thanksgiving table. We love the addition of pomegranate seeds for a pop of color and a surprising flavor.
13. Apple, Sage, and Molasses Holiday Roast with Mother-in-law Stuffing
Let’s be honest: not all of us have the time or culinary inclination to create Thanksgiving masterpieces from scratch. This holiday roast from Meet The Shannons jazzes up Gardein’s Holiday Roast (a prepared vegan meat alternative) and a vegan stuffing package with more veggies and flavors. No one will guess you didn’t make it all yourself, and it’s such a lovely presentation no one will care!
14. Vegetables Wellington
Wellington is famously known as a puff pastry-wrapped dish, usually with beef at the center. This vegan version is instead filled with a smoked mushroom “bacon” and beans and a score of seasoned veggies including carrots, two types of mushrooms, and leeks. Served with a vegetarian gravy, the vegetable wellington makes for a filling and delectable (not to mention elegant-looking) dish.
15. Vegan Cassoulet
Cassoulet is a warming, slow-cooked French stew that includes beans and often meat. This vegan version piles on more vegetables and slashes the cooking time without sacrificing taste. It’s a comforting stew that you’ll make throughout the winter whether it’s a holiday or a work weeknight. Add some delicious crusty bread for a filling meal.
16. Moroccan Couscous Tfaya with Chickpeas and Cranberries
Thanksgiving meals often involve grain-based dishes (such as rolls and stuffing), but making couscous will instantly add variety and an exotic feel to Thanksgiving dinner. The term “tfaya” means that the dish is made with sweet carmelized onions and raisins, and this version also adds cranberries and chickpeas for an autumnal feel. Serve as is or add some roasted root vegetables for an even heartier meal.
17. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
A vegan shepherd’s pie that can be made in just an hour, leaving us the rest of Thanksgiving to hang out with family and friends? Sign us up. The Minimalist Baker’s version incorporates less than 10 ingredients but serves up hefty and flavorful servings of veggies and lentils topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.
18. Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna
Spaghetti squash often subs in as a lighter and healthier version of noodles, but this Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna looks decadent and delish (and did we mention that it’s gluten-free?). A creamy, tofu-based filling and a vegan cheese sauce satisfy those holiday cravings for a rich dish, but this plant-based “pasta” dish will satisfy healthy minded eaters and incorporates mushrooms and spinach as well as the spaghetti squash for a boost of veggie power.
19. Lentil Loaf
Lentil loafs have long been associated as a vegan comfort food and with good reason. This satisfying and simple recipe uses red lentils and adds a few veggies as well as a bunch of flavor-enhancing spices. A slice of loaf rounded out with some vegan mashed potatoes and vegan green bean casserole sounds like a plateful of heaven.
20. Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole
Angela Liddon is a plant-based superstar so it’s not surprising that she came up with a unique casserole for Thanksgiving (you should also try her glazed apple walnut lentil loaf). Crunchy cornbread tops this mix of beans, onions, pumpkin, and cranberries; all together it makes for a sweet and savory bowl of goodness.
21. Tofu Skin Roulade with Sage Mushroom Stuffing
Thanksgiving is often a time for tried-and-true favorite family recipes, but if your brave culinary heart likes to shake things up, try this unique tofu skin roulade. Tofu skin, also known as yuba and which can be found in Asian grocery stores, envelopes stuffing and traditional holiday veggies such as celery, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Flavored with sage and thyme, this recipe offers a fun flavor twist for adventurous eaters.
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.