If you’re looking to incorporate vegan Thanksgiving recipes into your feast, I’ve got TONS of great recipes that will for sure impress all your guests. Whether you’re a hard-core vegan, plant-based foodie or just trying to add more vegetables to your traditional Thanksgiving feast— you’re in the right place. I chose my top recipes, which all have rave reviews, for you to feature at Thanksgiving 2020.
If you’re trying to go plant-based this Thanksgiving (and not have people cringe) I suggest not including faux turkey or attempting a gluten free, meat-free gravy. It’ll never compare to the real deal, plus 99% of people will be disappointed (even if they won’t say it to your face).
Instead, embrace the plants you love… and make them taste amazing. Honestly, my family raves about these cauliflower buffalo wings way more than any roasted turkey I’ve ever made.
The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Below you will find links to every recipe that I’ve included in the Thanksgiving Menu Planner. I’ve also created a version you can download, save to your phone, or print out to help you select the recipes you wanna make this “plantsgiving.”
If you still plan to have a turkey, there are plenty of recipes here that will go great with it. There’s no right or wrong way to do this… just the way that works best for you. Use this template to create an entirely vegan Thanksgiving from start to finish, or incorporate these recipes with more traditional favorites for a little healthy flare.
Now that you’ve seen the menu, let’s break it down into courses + vegan Thanksgiving recipes. These are my most popular plant-based recipes, so they will help you win at any Thanksgiving feast. Most are from my blog or from my best-selling recipe book, Simple Green Meals.
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My Top 4 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the snacking that happens during the food prep. These 4 vegan appetizers are great, light finger foods to share with friends and family. They keep everyone satisfied, even with all the good smells coming from the kitchen.
- Cauliflower Buffalo Wings :: recipe
- Plant-based Caprese Salad :: recipe
- Cauliflower Popcorn :: recipe from Fresh Start Autumn
- 7-Layer Dip + chips :: recipe on page 106 from Simple Green Meals
Top 4 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Nothing screams autumn like roasted vegetables and warm soups. Pair any of these sides with our vegan Thanksgiving entrees to create a nutrient-dense, delicious feast. I make the blackened Brussels sprouts recipe every year, because it’s THAT good.
- Kale Autumn Salad :: recipe
- Vegan Pumpkin Soup :: recipe
- Blackened Brussels Sprouts :: recipe
- Minestrone Soup :: recipe
I’ve also just created a few more incredibly beautiful (and delicious!) salad recipes. Not only will they taste amazing, they’ll also bring your Thanksgiving tablescape to life:
Vegan Thanksgiving Entrees I love
The main entree is when it can feel a little “off” without a big turkey in the middle of the table. Yet these 4 vegan Thanksgiving recipes don’t disappoint when it comes to flavor. I recommend making at least one ahead of time so you can perfect them to look and taste exactly the way you like before your big feast.
- Famous Loaded Sweet Potato :: recipe
- Austinite Tacos :: recipe
- Plant-Powered Chili :: recipe on page 182 of Simple Green Meals
- Sweet Potato Nachos :: recipe on page 200 of Simple Green Meals
Plant-Based Thanksgiving Desserts
This is the course where some vegan Thanksgiving recipes can truly shine. I’d stack my dessert recipes up against non-vegan desserts any day! The Almond Butter Cups, as well as the Rice Crispy Treats, can easily be made ahead of time.
- Healthy Rice Crispy Treats :: recipe
- Almond Butter Cups :: recipe on page 247 of Simple Green Meals
- Strawberry Mylkshake :: recipe
- Cacao Dessert Bowl :: recipe
Want more desserts? Check out The Ultimate Plant-Based Dessert Guide! It’s packed with 40+ vegan desserts as well as tips on how to transition to this healthy lifestyle.
Tasty Thanksgiving Beverages
I wanted to include some bonus recipes here for you too. Magic happens around the fire or board game table while you’re sipping on a warm drink. I think these delicious favorites will help your guests feel super comfy, as well as keep the good flavors rolling this Thanksgiving day.
Commence the holiday sipping on a warm beverage like cider, hot chocolate or even a matcha latte (for those who still have a long drive home)! The cider can be made in a slow cooker and left simmering all day.
- Spiced Almond Milk :: recipe
- Hot Chocolate :: recipe
- Matcha Latte :: recipe
- Apple Cider :: recipe on page 266 of Simple Green Meals
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loved ones! If you end up making any of these awesome recipes, we’d love to know. Be sure to tag us @simplegreensmoothies so we can celebrate with you.