Side dishes were always my favorite part of Thanksgiving, and there are a ton of delicious, vegan options out there. In fact, some classic sides are vegan already, no modification required! Things like cranberry sauce, green salad, and wild rice with sauteed mushrooms really help round things out.
If you’re looking to veganize popular side dishes, try substituting soy or almond milk for cow’s milk. You can use olive oil or non-hydrogenated margarine in place of butter and veggie or mushroom broth to replace chicken or beef stock. This works with all sorts of dishes from mashed potatoes and stuffings to casseroles.
Planet Green has a tasty vegan stuffing recipe. You’ll never miss the meat!
My favorite Thanksgiving side was always green bean casserole, and even that’s just as tasty without the dairy. Fat Free Vegan has a really delicious vegan green bean casserole that’s even better than the sort made with canned cream of mushroom soup.
You don’t need eggs and milk to make a tasty spread of vegan desserts! You can serve up chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies, a tasty fruit salad topped with a splash of orange liqueur, or a vegan pumpkin pie.
If you want to take your cruelty-free Thanksgiving to the next level, you can look into supporting turkey rescues, like the Farm Sanctuary Adopt-a-Turkey Project.