I’ve been having vegan Thanksgiving feasts my whole life. Being raised vegetarian we never had the typical American Thanksgiving.
So of course, there were no turkeys at our Thanksgiving–though before I was born my dad did get a live turkey to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast before bringing her to a sanctuary to live out her life.
Instead of the typical dairy and meat laden holiday table, my family developed a tradition incorporating the staples of the Native American diet into our meal.
The Iroquois grew three main crops, known as the “three sisters,” that harmoniously grow together and provide a balanced diet. These crops are beans, corn, and squash. This tradition resonated with my family as we lived in Illinois which was Iroquois land and we are three sisters ourselves.
Every year we make a point to include beans, corn, and squash in some form in our meal.
While I haven’t yet published all my family’s Thanksgiving dishes onto the blog, I do have a great collection that include some of these ingredients into the meal!
For the corn, we often make a salad with corn, radishes, and parsley dressed in a zippy mustard vinaigrette. Last year we made a southwestern corn pudding.
I love incorporating beans into seitan for a Thanksgiving centerpiece! It makes a hearty main dish to serve and impress both ourselves and guests.
Other Dishes to Include:
Is it even Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and gravy? I didn’t think so! ?
I certainly have a lot more vegan Thanksgiving recipes to make for my blog, and hope to add to this list! Think, green bean casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, gravy, apple pie, pumpkin pie.. the list goes on and on!
I hope you find this vegan Thanksgiving round up helpful in planning your plant based holiday feast! If you have any questions or recipe requests, please drop them in the comments below!
These cheesy broccoli fritters make a great appetizer, plus they're as veggie-filled as they are indulgent tasting! Make the vegan smoky red pepper buffalo cheddar dip in advance and prep your broccoli ahead of time so that you can quickly whip these up!
This mildly oniony, creamy and silky smooth potato-leek soup is the perfect comfort food. It's ready in just over 30 minutes of mostly hands off time and only needs 12 mostly pantry friendly ingredients. It's a rich tasting and flavorful naturally gluten free soup that would be great for your Thanksgiving table.
This is another creamy soup and a great option for a Thanksgiving soup course! Carrots, onions, and garlic are roasted until sweet and caramelized, then blended to perfection with tomatoes and coconut milk.
Vegan Thanksgiving Bread Basket
Thanksgiving isn't complete without some bread at the table! I love to make fresh homemade rolls to accompany our family's Thanksgiving meal. Choose one of these breads to make for your feast!
These pillowy soft vegan milk bread buns use the Japanese method of tangzhong to create the most beautiful and delicious rolls. The tangzhong helps keep the rolls fresher for longer, so you could even get away with making these rolls in advance and warming them up in the oven on Thanksgiving day.
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Everyone's favorite part of Thanksgiving! The sides! Well, I happen to love all parts of the meal, but here are some vegetable filled sides you could serve at your holiday feast!
This creamy vegan mushroom gravy is built with so much flavor from caramelized onion and mushrooms. It's easy to make and can be made in advance, so ideal for holiday meal planning! For a gluten free gravy, use GF all purpose blend or substitute arrowroot or other starch.
If you've gotta have Mac and Cheese at your Thanksgiving meal this roasted garlic and sweet potato mac and cheese is a great option!
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
We all want a "main event" when it comes to our Thanksgiving feasts. Eating vegan doesn't mean you can't have a centerpiece dish! Consider some of these recipes for a hearty, protein-filled Thanksgiving main.