I’ve received many requests for Vegan, cruelty-free Thanksgiving recipes but the thing is guys… I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving! Even though I’ve lived in 3 countries and in 2 different continents,Thanksgiving has never been on the calendar. Anyway, I do enjoy all the Vegan recipes that flourish at this time of the year, foods that remind me a lot of what I would cook for Christmas. So here’s my roundup of the top Vegan recipes to celebrate Thanksgiving in a meaningful, thankful, cruelty-free way without meat, dairy, eggs nor Animal sufferance on our plates.
If I were to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would be having….
Top Vegan Thanksgiving recipes roundup:
Thanksliving free ebook
The number one recipe that I want to share with you is not a recipe but a whole e-book (!!!) by Mr. & Mrs. Vegan that you can download for free here: http://www.thanksliving.com. I love the idea of creating new traditions, Thanksgiving -> Thanksliving, get it? Too many times family members feel rejected when one or more Vegan members of the family refuse certain “festive” foods and as a consequence their whole lifestyle. But new traditions can be created, recipes can be adapted, and we should totally involve non-Vegan friends & family and show them how great it is to celebrate in a cruelty-free, compassionate way, still eating loads of delicious foods. Once again, when you go Vegan the only thing you give up is cruelty towards Animals.
Vegan Pot pies
These are perfect Autumnal comfort foods. I love to make them in small personal-sized cocottes that my mom gave me. There’s some variations to this game, so you might want to check all of them out and then, of course, mix the ideas to create your own recipe!
– Coconut pot pie by the Vegan Stoner
– Vegan Pot Pies With White Wine Gravy & Olive Oil Crust by Vicky and Ruth
– Chikin Pot Pie with a Phyllo Crust by Luminous Vegans
– and the 1-hour Vegan Pot Pies by Minimalist Baker pictured below.
Roasted veggies (Brussels sprouts, green beans, carrots…)
I will not even mention fluffy mashed potatoes, because that’s a given at Thanksgiving, n’est-ce pas? But for a more grown-up side dish I advice you to go for a hearty roasted vegetable. Brussels sprouts have only really been on my radar since when my husband (then fiancé) told me he loved them…. (really? Someone can actually love Brussels sprouts? ;D) I now find them a very tasty addition (in moderation) to many of our meals, Buddha bowls and roasted casseroles. As they are very flavorful they only need a couple more herbs or condiments to become a refined dish, like in The Vegan Road’s Caramelized Brussels Sprouts or in One Green Planet’s recipe pictured below (if you really don’t care for the little green sprouts, try Roasted Carrots or Roasted green beans instead!).
Super easy Vegan gravy
I admit that when I’m preparing lots of different recipes and dishes, I like to rely on one or two that are not complicated, that I can make almost with my eyes closed. I’ve adapted this super easy recipe from Mary’s Test Kitchen in an infinite number of ways and it’s always a success.
Finally, in my imaginary Vegan Thanksgiving menu, my dessert would not require me to do any extra work while having the meal itself, that means, no checking the oven, no whipping last minute things… I assume the oven would have been in use with the pot pies, or the meatless loaf, or the roasted veggies, so instead of consuming even more power, I would go for something fresh and no-bake, that I could prepare in advance and just take out of the fridge at the right moment. Too daring and unconventional? I don’t think so :) Check out these yummy pies and then we’ll talk again:
– Easy & decadent Peanut Butter Pie by My Whole Food life
– Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with an Almond-Coconut Crust by The Taste Space
– Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Pie by Vegan Family Recipes
– and the glorious looking No bake peanut butter pie (GF) by Eat Good 4 Life, pictured below.
So, did you enjoy this roundup? What is your favorite Vegan Thanksgiving recipe? How does your family deal with plant-based food in the holiday menu? Let me know in the comments :)
ps: you’ll find many more holiday-themed Vegan recipes in my Ⓥ: holiday recipes Pinterest board. Come check it out & follow me!