Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

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.

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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!

Main Dishes

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!


I know, sugary desserts are a sometimes food, but I think that Thanksgiving certainly qualifies as one of those sometimes, don’t you?

Do you have any favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to hear what you’ve got cooking in the comments!


chris b.
chris B2 years ago

Really, you guys dissing vegans - this article is about vegan recipes, what are you doing here? Just to bitch about it? Go chew your cud - as Lloyd would say. jeesh - you meat eating omnivores (is that redundant?), go find some meat recipes. ;-)

chris b.
chris B2 years ago

Couldn't get the Shepherds pie recipe. Clicked and got 10 Hummus recipes.

chris b.
chris B2 years ago

Some of these look really good. Anxious to try more mushroom recipes. Found a Mushroom Risotto I'd like to try too. thx

Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago


Laurie H.
Laurie H5 years ago

Always love different recipes to try out!!!!! Many Thanks!!!!~

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo5 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful recipes! I will definitely use some of them.

Azaima A.
Azaima A5 years ago

this sounds tasty. But I so resent the assumption that we are cruel and inhumane unless we are vegan. I am prediabetic and I was put on a paleo diet to keep the disease from progressing. It has served me well. I have been an animal rights activist, and I do what I can for them. But to presume that anyone who is not a vegetarian is ignorant is ill-informed. Let's get morality off the dinner table and share with mutual respect for one anothers' choices.

Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago

yummmmmmmmm thanks for sharing

Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez5 years ago


Dale O.

Maple Syrup is a sweetener. What about organic maple syrup, Suzy B? While better for you than white sugar it still has sucrose in it. One does hope that is not considered as much as a 'bad sugar' coming from the sap of a specific variety of Maple Tree. All natural, certainly very delicious. In moderation, of course.

LLOYD H, I thought that only four legged ruminants could chew cuds, not two legged bipeds.