Everything You Need for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again where everyone gathers around the table and indulges in all things sweet, savory, and decadent. Treat your Thanksgiving guests to 10 of the most delicious vegan Thanksgiving dishes they’ll ever taste with our favorite recipes from around the web. We promise you’ll be the most popular person at the potluck!
1. Baked Pumpkin Ravioli with Rubbed Sage Cream
Sure, we did a pumpkin recipe round-up to celebrate Halloween, and while we’ve heard that pumpkin is really only an October thing, we don’t buy it. The bright orange orb that brings a smile to everyone’s face should also bring fullness to everyone’s belly on Thanksgiving, especially if it’s Baked Pumpkin Ravioli with Rubbed Sage Cream from renowned vegan blog Olives for Dinner. Hearty and aromatic with the smooth richness of cashew cream, we can’t wait to loosen our belt a couple notches and dig in.
2. Quinoa-stuffed Acorn Squash
We know Thanksgiving is on the way when grocery store displays are dotted with squash of all shapes, colors, and sizes––and what’s cuter (and more delicious) than the acorn squash? Food blogger VeganYackAttack took it up a notch, baking and stuffing this fall favorite with our favorite superfood, quinoa. Dusted with Italian seasoning and topped with chopped broccolini and red bell peppers, this little squash is sure to be a star centerpiece on everyone’s plate.
3. Pumpkin Bread and Tempeh Stuffing
Whoever says you need turkey for stuffing hasn’t tried good-eats genius Vegan Richa’s Pumpkin Bread and Tempeh Stuffing. One bite of the flavor-bursting mushroom, onion, tomato, and spice pumpkin bread and tempeh mix, and we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s no need for any turkey (or any animals, for that matter) on any dinner table.
4. Smashed Sweet Potato Fritters
Now that we’ve got the entrées taken care of, let’s move on to the beloved sides. At any Thanksgiving feast, the sides are just as big of a star as the Tofurky loaf. One beloved orange-interior orb to another, we think sweet potatoes are just as Thanksgiving-centric as pumpkins, and apparently vegan recipe veteran Kathy Patalsky agrees. Her Smashed Sweet Potato Fritters have a warm, soft, sweet potato center that is accentuated with pumpkin seeds and pistachios, adding a nice crunch to every bite.
5. Apple Cider Brussels Sprouts
While apples are the emblem of fall, Brussels sprouts are the iconic veggie every child dreads this time of year––though we think the little green bites have been cast in an unfair light. Leave it to vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli to save the day (and the sprouts’ reputation) with her scrumptious Apple Cider Brussels Sprouts recipe. Roasted to golden perfection with a sweet hint of cinnamon and apple, the kids’ at the table won’t know what hit ‘em.
6. Stuffed Thanksgiving Burger
For the less culinary-inclined holiday host, long-time vegan food expert Isa Chandra Moskowitz of Post Punk Kitchen has whipped up a genius concoction––it’s all the tastes we love from Thanksgiving simplified in a sandwich. Cremini mushrooms, lentils, and hazelnuts lend a hearty flavor while the cranberries add an oh-so-sweet accent––all deliciously smooshed between two pieces of sourdough bread. A hand-held Thanksgiving dinner without the grueling hours of kitchen clean up? We say yes please.
7. Kale-Delicata Squash Salad with Citrus Maple Vinaigrette
We can’t get over the gorgeous colors of this holiday salad––perfect for your Thanksgiving tabletop. Ohmyveggies’ kale salad is no ordinary stack of greens. This salad is dressed to impress: kale surrounded by bright orange rings of baked delicata squash and dotted with ruby pomegranate seeds––all gently tossed in an orange citrus-maple vinaigrette.
8. Roasted Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Though we never say no to a decadent dish, sometimes we want something sweet and simple––especially after hours of kitchen prep, stirring, sifting, and steaming. Cue gluten-free virtuoso Allyson Kramer’s Roasted Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes. Perfectly baked until ever so slightly charred on the edges, these spuds are coated with a special ingredient––vanilla! Genius.
9. Roasted Butternut Squash Slider
For those who throw caution to the wind and want to buck convention (who needs mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, anyway!), we give you Vegan Richa’s Roasted Butternut Squash Slider. It’s got the autumnal essence of Thanksgiving with savory squash and smoky caramelized onions but with a modern slider-twist. Plus, there’s a vegan mayo-Sriracha combo that we just can’t say no to.
10. Pumpkin Curry
We know curry isn’t your typical run of the mill Thanksgiving dinner feature, but for those located in colder climates, we can’t think of anything more comforting and homey than sitting around a table with your closest family and friends while enjoying a warm bowl of thick pumpkin curry. Grain-, nut-, and dairy-free, and rich with the aromas of cumin, turmeric, and smoked paprika, curry may just be the next big Thanksgiving thing.
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