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7 Scrumptious Side Dishes Your Relatives Will Never Know Are Vegan

7 Scrumptious Side Dishes Your Relatives Will Never Know Are Vegan

These next few months are all about dining with friends and family, in the flurry of festivity that begins with Thanksgiving and continues on until we reach the new year. And for vegans, this is can be a notoriously difficult season to navigate. Most holiday meals revolve around meat, and many of our nearest and dearest can be less than accommodating when it comes to this one particular lifestyle choice.

Which is why it’s always a good idea to come prepared! Armed with these sinfully delicious side dishes, you’ll never again find yourself sitting, sad and hungry, watching your family chow down. And you won’t have to grit your teeth through one more “bird food” wise-crack, either. Not when you’re spooning out these fine dishes:

  • Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip
    Warm and gooey and oh-so-delicious, your family won’t know what hit ‘em when you plop down this incredible dip that uses blended cashews to achieve a richness you’d never expect from a dairy-free dish.
  • Crash Hot Potatoes
    No more boring mashed potatoes! Spice up your supper spread with these incredible, and incredibly easy, smashed-and-then-roasted rosemary potatoes.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
    I don’t think you could possible get more autumnal than this dish, which involves the triple-threat of oven-roasting, cold-weather veggies, and evergreen herbs. Delightful to view and delicious to eat, it’s truly a testament to the season.
  • Vegan “Dandied” Yams
    For those who like a classic candied yam smothered in gooey roasty toasty marshmallows, this modern take on the dish uses whole real sweet potatoes instead of canned, covered in Dandies vegan marshmallows.
  • The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole
    This quintessential winter casserole remains true to tradition, with fresh green beans, cream (non-dairy of course!) and French fried onions to top it off.  All baked to perfection and served steaming hot – guaranteed no one will miss the meat!
  • Caramelized Beets
    Behold the humble beet, oft-overlooked and woefully underutilized in conventional holiday spreads. But I implore you, allow this sumptuous ruby beauty to star in your spread this year, and I swear you won’t regret it!
  • Savory Mushroom Gravy
    The ultimate holiday sauce goes vegan with a bold mushroom makeover. Rich, earthy, and delightfully complex, your family will never know that this gravy was made without the drippings.


Happy vegan holidays!


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Sayward Rebhal

Sayward Rebhal is a writer, a mother, a mover and a maker. Author of the Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, Sayward also works as a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and blogs about all things "socially conscious, totally fabulous" at


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6:44PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

thanks x7!

10:27AM PST on Dec 9, 2013

I love potatoes and the ones above look delicious.
Thanks for the post!

4:08PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

Thanks for all the great ideas!

4:33PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

These sound delicious. Thank you for the recipes

4:21AM PST on Dec 1, 2013


3:00PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Now they do sound nice! Thank you.

1:57AM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Great, thanks for posting. happy Thanksgiving from Hong Kong.

3:05PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Shared, thanks.

12:57AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Thank you :)

5:14PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Vegan or not.... Yum.

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