There are worse things in life than not being able to eat the Thanksgiving turkey or take a bite out of Aunt Clarise’s famous pumpkin pie. But when the whole country is happily gathered around the holiday table, it can feel pretty isolating to be a person who can’t join in because of food restrictions (by choice or necessity).
Luckily, this roundup of healthy, vegan recipes is here to help. Pick and choose your favorites from the list below for a delectable holiday meal that will have even meat-eaters reaching for seconds. Bon appétit!
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Bisque with Maple Cinnamon Tempeh Croutons
This vegan pumpkin bisque smooth, creamy, flavored with granny smith apples and spices, and is topped with slightly sweet maple-cinnamon tempeh croutons.
Healthy Hash Brown Casserole
Kale and chickpeas give this comfort food a nutritional boost and turn it from a side to a main dish, but if you want to make the more traditional side dish, see the notes at the end of the recipe.
Protein Packed Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing
Crispy on the outside, soft yet not mushy on the inside, perfectly flavored and full off protein! This vegan Thanksgiving stuffing is a flavor bomb like no other!
Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms
The stuffing ingredients are very flexible. I was all out of regular mushrooms, so I used beech mushrooms, but any kind will do. Mushroom haters, feel free to substitute another vegetable or just leave them out. Walnut haters can use another type of nut (or no nuts at all) and cranberry phobics can use dried cherries, raisins, or no fruit at all. Here
Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie
This vegan shepherd’s pie is a delicious, hearty stew of mushrooms and lentils covered by mashed potatoes. Perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime! Recipe
Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble
This is a side dish you’re going to want on the holiday dinner table! The crunchy nut crumble tastes just like an oatmeal cookie. I recommend serving this casserole with a pat of vegan butter or coconut oil to really take it over the top. Also try serving it with Coconut Whipped Cream for a decadent twist. In this recipe, I swapped out half the vegan butter for virgin coconut oil to add some heart-healthy fats while still retaining that lovely butter flavour. See recipe here.