No-Turkey Day Recipes So Delicious You Won’t Miss the Meat!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I started rounding up an assortment of Vegan Recipes to plan my own Plant-Based Thanksgiving Feast…
And while doing so, I not only started getting really excited, because everything looks so amazing, but I also had the inspiration to share...
So here it goes.
I figure this is a perfect opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorite plant-based food bloggers too!
Why might you want to skip Turkey this Thanksgiving?
Really there are so many reasons to skip Turkey... Including that upwards of 40 million turkeys are killed in the short weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Turkeys are incredible birds... And whether you choose to eat them or not, one of the big issues with our industrialized food system is the conditions most of these birds are raised in.
If you really look into it, those 40 million turkeys are largely raised in atrocious conditions, and in a way that is very inhumane.
The good news is, we all get to vote with where we spend our dollars... So whether that means skipping Turkey entirely, or spending more to make sure you get an Organic Pasture Raised Bird... There are options available!
On that note… …
Here’s some inspiration for a Cruelty-Free and No-Turkey, Plant-Based Thanksgiving Feast!
Whether you choose to have an entirely plant-based menu, or want to try mixing in a couple of new plant based recipes this year... This is a great place to begin!
Plant Based Thanksgiving Appetizers!
There are many wonderful options when it comes to Vegan appetizers, as many appetizers are naturally plant based! You could keep it simple with a veggie tray and hummus, a pickle and olive plate (my favorite), and some mixed nuts and vegan crackers... Or try out some of these amazing recipes:
Fresh veggies are such a wonderful pre-Feast appetizer... Make your veggie plate extra special with this easy Raw Ranch Dip by Laura-Jane "The Rawtarian"
Hummus is a tried and true appetizer that's wonderful with fresh veggies, or step it up a notch and serve with Raw Flax Crackers... Delicious, healthy, and easy to make in advance!
This creamy, warm, and delicious all vegan spin on Spinach Artichoke dip from Dana at Minimalistbaker.com will be sure to wow your guests! This is easy to make ahead of time and then just warm and serve when its appetizer time.
If a quick, easy, light, healthy, and fun appetizer is on your Thanksgiving wish-list, you'll definitely want to check out this recipe from Veganosity.com
This makes for a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer in my opinion. Its delicious, easy to make, and needs to be made ahead so you can have it chilling in your fridge ready to pull out when its go time!
If you've ever wondered how vegans survive without cheese... You clearly haven't tried this amazing cashew cheese spread from BridgetNielsen.com ... Did I mention it's fully raw and cultured?
The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Course Ideas
The biggest question you might have when it comes to planning a Turkey free Thanksgiving is what to make for the main course.
If you want to try something Turkey-like, there are actually some pretty good options out there now for Meatless Roasted Turkey.
Or, you can make one of these plant-based alternatives instead! I love making plant based food that's so good they won't miss the meat!
If you're looking for a Thanksgiving main to wow your guests, this is it! Squash stuffed with vegan sausage, almonds, cranberries and kale. Yum!
Is it Thanksgiving yet?
If you haven't tried roasted cauliflower before you're seriously missing out... This Whole Roasted Cauliflower is easy to make, presents beautifully... And you even get to carve it up like Turkey if you're sentimental like that.
Warm and hearty, this Lentil Loaf is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Plus its easy to make and pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving sides. Not sure how this would reheat, but it only takes 45 minutes to bake, so you may as well eat it hot out of the oven.
Stuffed Squash is one of those recipes that makes for a show-stopping centerpiece. This Curried Lentil stuffing from frieddandelions.com brings the naturally delicious flavor of the squash to the next level.
If you're looking for a festive entree to wow your guests, this recipe from Sina at VeganHeaven.com is it!
Plus, the falafel is Pan-fried so it won't take up any precious oven space on Thanksgiving day!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Yes... Bring on the all Vegan sides! For me, the side dishes are really what makes a Thanksgiving feast shine. And the great thing is there are so many amazing and all vegan side dishes to choose from!
Whether you're looking for a vegan twist on an old family favorite, or something new, fresh and healthy to mix in... Take a look at some of the amazing looking Thanksgiving side dishes I rounded up here:
A Thanksgiving favorite, Mashed Potatoes and gravy are typically loaded with butter and cream... But just make a couple small tweaks by following this recipe and you'll have a delicious all vegan version that's probably even better than the recipe you're used to thanks to one secret ingredient 🙂 .
Pumpkin is delicious... And no... Not only in pie format! This beautiful pumpkin salad from Nina Olsson’s book, Bowls of Goodness features pumpkin, roasted beets, and a lemon tahini dressing. Seriously delicious... What's not to love? A perfect, fresh and beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Skip the overly processed and sugared stuff out of the can and try this delicious, raw, healthy and beautiful relish. This stuff is seriously delicious!
Want to mix in some raw-vegan recipes this year? Don't miss this Raw Walnut, Date and Celery Stuffing from The Rawtarian. The perfect fresh and healthy addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
Did you grow up with Green Bean Casserole at Thanksgiving like I did? This recipe from Jessicainthekitchen.com is a delicious, healthy and all vegan-twist on the traditional dish.
These Balsamic Roasted Carrots from Healthy-Liv.com are not only beautiful, colorful, and crispy... But as Liv puts it, they're also so good they're practically addictive!
This vegan and gluten-free stuffing from Megan at detoxinista.com will be a crowd pleaser, especially for those with special dietary preferences.. But seriously, everyone else will love this stuffing too.
This fresh and beautiful salad from Cookieandkate.com will be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Delectable Thanksgiving Dessert
What's Thanksgiving without desert!? While vegan pumpkin pie is Thanksgiving essential for me… I'm really excited to try out some raw vegan dessert options this year too for a healthy, beautiful and delicious ending to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!
When you serve this Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie from Minimalistbaker.com your guests will have no idea its not the original egg and cream loaded version... Unless of course you tell them!
This amazingly beautiful, delicious and healthy dessert is also super easy! Whip up the easy Coconut Cream from MedicalMedium.com and serve with fresh berries... Such a wonderful treat!
I'm all about desserts that feature fresh, healthy, delicious and in season fruit! This Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler from thespruceeats.com is all of these things and more. Juicy sweet pears topped with a zesty spiced crumble, enjoy!
These Pecan Pie Bliss Balls from onegreenplanet.org are super easy to make... And yet so incredibly delicious. I don't even feel like they need the chocolate drizzle, but hey it's Thanksgiving, so why not!? 😉
Cranberries are so underrated in my opinion... And while most of the year finding them fresh is tough... Around Thanksgiving they're abundantly available. Take advantage with this Raw Cranberry Apple Pie from The Rawtarian.
Seriously, these Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from erinliveswhole.com are the perfect fusion between cheesecake and pumpkin pie... And yet somehow they still manage to be healthy! Yes please.
However you choose to celebrate this Thanksgiving...
May you be blessed with joy, health, happiness and abundance!
With love and blessings,