The ULTIMATE list of delicious, easy, make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes for vegans! Puff pastry lentil loaf? Check. Sides? Check. Pie? Check. Cookies? Check. Soup? You bet.
Side #1: Turkish Stuffed Pumpkin Rice (Balkabak Dolma)
The perfect blend of sweet & savory, this Turkish vegan rice-stuffed pumpkin dish will make a stunning Thanksgiving centerpiece! Gluten-free, allergy/WFPB-friendly.
Side #2: Creamy Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – the BEST recipe for creamy, indulgent deliciousness similar to regular Mac and Cheese. Gluten-free option included. Double the recipe if you are entertaining many people, this one is always a hit!
Side #3: Turkish Cranberry Dolmas
You will love this classic vegan dolmas with cranberries recipe at any time of the year! The classic Turkish “yalanci” dolma is perfect for your Christmas table. This variation uses cranberries or tart cherries in place of lemons for acidity.
Side #4: Tahini Carrots
Super easy recipe for roasted carrots with tahini: less than 5 ingredients and under 5 minutes prep time!
Side #5: Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Red Lentils
This easy creamy vegan butternut squash soup with red lentils is one of the best recipes for a quick weeknight dinner! Healthy, hearty, creamy, and jam-packed with plant protein.
Side #6: Roasted Beets with Vegan Yogurt
Roast rainbow beets and place on vegan yogurt with a looong drizzle of olive oil & half a lemon. Add salt, pepper, fresh herbs. Done!
You can also grate the roasted beets for a more traditional beet-tzatziki.
Side #7: The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes
This vegan mashed potatoes recipe by Rainbow Plant Life is as thorough as they come! Nisha covers everything, from which kind of potato to use to tips & tricks for added depth of flavor.
Side #8: Mediterranean Kale Salad with Dates & Tahini
Try this Mediterranean kale salad with dates & pine nuts recipe for a tasty, healthy micronutrient bomb! All vegan, oil-free, and delicious.
Main #1: Vegan Wellington
Try this gorgeous vegan Wellington recipe for your next Holiday dinner or potluck! Recipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen.
Bonus Main #2: Store-Bought Vegan Turkey
I know this sounds like cheating but hear me out. It’s a very similar concept to buying an actual turkey from the store— minus all the basting work. If you are short on time, you can feed even large parties with a couple of these store-bought, delicious turkey alternatives. I’ve tried quite a few different brands, and always end up coming back to either the Gardein one or the original Tofurky.
What’s more, it even comes with its own gravy sauce!
Dessert #1: Apple Cider Pie
Fan of apple cider donuts? Let me introduce you to its just-as-tasty cousin: vegan apple cider pie! Rich, delicious, and full of flavor. A must for your Thanksgiving pie list!
Dessert #2: Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, made with vegan butter, flax seeds, and pumpkin puree are super soft and perfect for holiday baking!
This should be obvious but… you don’t have to make all of the listed dishes to host a killer vegan Thanksgiving feast!
Pro Hosting Tip:
To show a little extra TLC to your guests, get a few large mason jars and tag their names for leftovers. Everybody knows that Thanksgiving leftovers are supposed to be a mishmash anyway. Super easy way to be even more memorable.
Have you made any of these Thanksgiving recipes for vegans? Let me know in the comments!