So you’ve decided to make the compassionate decision to eat a vegan Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season? Heck, yaaaass! We’re here to provide you with easy recipes that you can cook for your friends and family. There’s a vegan option for everything, and making your favorite recipes animal-free is usually just a simple matter of swapping out animal-derived ingredients for vegan ones.

Recipes

Makes 4 to 6 Servings

Green-Bean Casserole

green beans, holiday, vegan, recipe

Ingredients 

  •  ½ medium onion, diced
  •  ¾ cup chopped button mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  •  Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 vegan bouillon cube
  • 2½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  •  1 28-oz. can cut green beans
  • 1 6-oz. can French-fried onions

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a skillet, sauté the onions and mushrooms in the vegetable oil over medium heat. Season with the salt and pepper.
  • In a large saucepan, warm the soy milk and bouillon cube over medium-low heat, stirring until the bouillon dissolves, ensuring it doesn’t come to a boil. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl, add to the pan, and stir well.
  • Quickly add the green beans, sautéed vegetables, and about half the French-fried onions and stir well.
  • Pour into a casserole dish and top with the remaining French-fried onions. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown.

Makes 4 to 6 Servings

Classic Holiday Stuffing

vegan, stuffing, holiday

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Optional: 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup diced apple, 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 12-oz. bag herb-seasoned, cubed vegan stuffing (try Pepperidge Farm brand, which is available almost everywhere)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large pot, melt the vegan butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the broth and the cranberries, apples, and pine nuts, if using. Then add the vegan stuffing and mix lightly.
  • Spoon into a greased casserole dish. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

vegan, holiday, mashed potatoes

Ingredients 

  • 5 large potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced
  • 14–16 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • 3/4–1 cup soy milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Place the potatoes and whole cloves of garlic in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Drain, place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, and mash until smooth.
  • Serve hot with vegan gravy.

Makes 4 to 5 servings

Savory Mixed Greens and ‘Bacon’

bacon, greens, holiday

Ingredients 

  • 1 pkg. Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lb. collard greens, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. mustard greens, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions

  • In a pan, sauté the chopped “bacon” in the olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Place the broth, water, liquid smoke, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add the collard greens and cook for 10 minutes, then add the mustard greens, cover, and cook for 30 minutes more.
  • Add the onion and “bacon” to the pot and cook covered for an additional 10 minutes, or until the greens are tender.

Makes 4 servings

Corn Bread

corn bread, vegan, holiday, recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add the oil and soy milk and mix well.
  • Pour into a lightly oiled 8-inch-by-8-inch pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 9 servings

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients 

  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 12-oz. pkg. extra-firm silken tofu
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
  • Optional: vegan whipped cream

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Blend the pumpkin and brown sugar in a blender or food processor. Add the tofu, spices, and salt and blend again until smooth. Pour into the unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for another 60 minutes, or until the filling sets.
  • Chill and serve topped with vegan whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the vegan butter and the sugar. Mix in the egg replacer, molasses, and vinegar. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients and stir well.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out onto a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the edges brown. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Vegan Thanksgiving Essentials

For more tips to help get you through Thanksgiving, check out these vegan staples:

Nondairy Milk

Original and unsweetened varieties of soy milk can replace cow’s milk in any holiday recipe, including mashed potatoes. Soy milk is available at many grocery stores as well as some Walmart and Target locations. Almond, cashew, coconut, oat, and rice milks are great options as well.

Boxed Vegan Stuffing

Check the ingredients, but many stuffing mixes are already vegan. Just substitute vegetable broth when you’re cooking.

Vegan Butter

Several brands of vegan butter are available. Earth Balance and Smart Balance Light with Flaxseed Oil are popular options.

‘Egg’ Nog

Enjoy your favorite holiday drink vegan-style by picking up one of these delicious beverages: So Delicious coconut ilk-based nog, Silk soy-based nog, Califia Farms almond-based nog. You can also find pumpkin-spice creamers and lattes from So Delicious and Califia Farms.

Egg Replacers

Apple Sauce | Stacy Spensley | CC BY 2.0 

For baking recipes in which eggs are used to add moisture, you can easily replace them with bananas or applesauce. Use one mashed banana or ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce to replace one egg.

For leavening and binding in cookies, breads, cakes, muffins, and cupcakes, try baking soda or boxed egg replacer.

Pre-Made Desserts

Daiya makes frozen vegan cheesecakes that come in a wide variety of flavors, such as pumpkin spice, key lime, chocolate, and strawberry. Claim Jumper and Marie Callender’s both make “accidentally vegan” pies in flavors like apple, cherry, peach, and raspberry, which can be found at some Walmart, Safeway, and Target locations.

Roasts

There are so many turkey alternatives out there! Check out the full list and where to buy them here. If ham is more your thing, we’ve got a list of vegan ham options, too! Cook these roasts according to instructions on the box.

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Spread the vegan love! Get our printable holiday vegan guide here, and share it with your friends and family so that they can have a vegan Thanksgiving, too. Looking for more recipes? Check out this page.