Thanksgiving is just one week away. Howís your menu-planning going? If you want to have a totally meatless Thanksgiving or are looking to accommodate a few vegetarian or vegan guests, these vegan Thanksgiving recipes are sure to please. In fact, these are tried and true recipes that my vegan and omnivore friends and family all love!
The traditional Thanksgiving meal centers around the turkey, but if you shift the focus to the deep flavors of fall, you can still create a hearty meal thatís free from animal products. Building new Thanksgiving traditions can take some time and effort, but is Thanksgiving really about turkey? Letís make it a holiday thatís focused on good friends, our family, and celebrating gratitude.
When Iím planning a holiday meal, I try to choose dishes that I can prep in the days leading up to the holiday, so thereís less cooking to do day-of. That way I can spend the day enjoying friends and family instead of bustling too much around the kitchen. Where possible, I will include details on how you can prep these vegan Thanksgiving recipes in advance, so your Thanksgiving day is a little bit less hectic.
Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
Starters and Side Dishes
For me Thanksgiving supper has always been about the side dishes, so I wanted to give you plenty of options to mix and match. Pick a few favorites!
- Ginger Vanilla Pear Sauce – You can prepare this a day or two ahead and either serve cold or reheat just before supper.
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Mushrooms and Scallions – Chop the veggies and put them into an oven safe pan with a lid the day before Thanksgiving. On the day of, pull the pan out an hour or so before you plan to start baking, so everything has a chance to get to room temperature. You don’t want to stick cold ceramic into a hot oven – it might break!
- Green Beans with Mushroom and Shallots – This is a quick dish best prepared day-of. You can cook the green beans in advance, if you want.
- Corn Bread – You can make this delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipe the day before.
- Butternut Squash Soup with Pan-Fried Collards – Cook this cozy soup a couple of days before Thanksgiving and just reheat on the stove top.
- Mashed Potatoes – This is another quick Thanksgiving recipe that you’re best off preparing on the big day.
- Savory Stuffed Mushrooms – Stuff these a day ahead of time. You can serve them cold or bake them!
Just like with the sides, I wanted you to have a few main dish options to choose from, depending on your and your family’s taste. Choose your favorite and scale it up to feed everyone!
- Nutty Curry-Stuffed Miniature Squash – Make the stuffing and prepare the squash a day ahead.
- Mushroom and Spinach Galette – You can make this the day before and just bake them on Thanksgiving day.
- Shepherd’s Pie – This vegan Thanksgiving recipe serves four to six people, and you can make it a day ahead and just pop it into the oven on Thanksgiving day.
I know, sugary desserts are a sometimes food, but I think that Thanksgiving certainly qualifies as one of those sometimes, don’t you?
- Cinnamon Apple Strudel with Flaky Phyllo Crust – This is another recipe that’s best prepared day-of.
- Miniature No-Bake Cheesecake – These need to set up in the fridge for a few hours, so making them the evening before Thanksgiving is ideal.
- Vegan Maple Walnut Cookies – You can bake these the day before and store them in an air-tight container.
Do you have any favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to hear what you’ve got cooking in the comments!