Since going plant based, I have struggled to partake in my family’sholiday festivities. Not only am I the only vegan in the family, but I also sometimes feel like I am missing out on certain traditions that come with Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is pretty common for those who transition to a plant based diet and it can sometimes lead to people breaking their commitment to this way of eating. While I have yet to ‘slip’ and eat a whole turkey at dinner, I do want to make sure that I show up prepared this year.
When I decided to hunt down some vegan holiday recipes for this here post, I thought it would be slim pickings. Instead, I was shocked by the endless amounts of recipes that are crawling over the internet. In fact, I had a difficult time narrowing down my choices for this post (and for what to bring to this year’s dinner). This goes to show that there are a ton of options for those of us electing to skip the animals this year. Here are some amazing vegan recipes to guarantee you a delicious Thanksgiving.
When you think of Thanksgiving, you – of course – think of Turkey. Ironically turkey was far from my favorite part of the holiday so filling my plate with a bunch of sides was actually enjoyable. However, I have been amazed by the options that exist for a vegan version of the main dish. While there were plenty of delicious centerpieces to chose from, I drooled the hardest for this Holiday Roast from Hot For Food. Lauren Toyota is a vegan queen in the kitchen and I have no doubt that this roast will be the star of the evening.
Of all the dishes that come with Thanksgiving, stuffing is by far my favorite. Along with the heavenly taste, stuffing gives me a sense of comfort in that it’s a little tradition between myself and my grandmother who often makes our Thanksgiving dinner. Every year she makes the best stuffing I have ever had and then, knowing how addicted I am, asks me if it’s good enough this year. I proceed to tell her she is crazy because it’s better than last year and she smiles proudly. Unfortunately for me, this little moment between us will end this year as she uses a chicken broth in her stuffing and cooks the stuffing itself inside the turkey. I am hoping to salvage our time together by having her taste this incredible vegan version from My Darling Vegan which looks (almost) as good as hers.
Now, I didn’t really have to include a veggie on this vegan menu as most of the veggies served at Thanksgiving are safe for us non-meat eaters. However, I could not resist these stunning veggie sides from Gaz Oakley of Avant Garde Vegan. If you know me, you know I am obsessed with Gaz’s YouTube channel. His cooking is so dang beautiful, I want to stick a fork right through the computer screen. I am a sucker for cooked carrots and his glazed version with beets is downright mouthwatering. They are a must-add to any Thanksgiving menu.
One of the last things that hits my plate each year is a biscuit – hot from the oven. This year I will have to skip my Aunt’s traditional biscuits as they are loaded with a dairy based butter. Lucky for me, I found these fluffy AF vegan biscuits on Life As A Strawberry. Not only do they have the same flaky texture as regular biscuits, but they are also super simple & quick to make. I sub the honey for some agave or vegan butter and viola – delicious baked biscuits.
Now comes the part of the night that I believe I was born for: dessert. I quite possibly have the sweetest tooth of all time and therefore I only eat dinner so that I can make it to dessert. While I wouldn’t say pie is my favorite dessert, I have managed to find a few favorites during the holidays. Specifically I am a fan of pumpkin pie and (most) apple pies. So, when I saw Minimalist Baker did a Pumpkin Spiced Apple Pie, I knew immediately that it would be on this year’s menu. This girl does no wrong when it comes to food so I have the highest of expectations when it comes to this sweet treat.
Eggnog is one of those things that people either love or hate. I love it. In fact, it is another little tradition in my family that I feel removed from due to the fact that eggnog is pretty much dairy on top of dairy. The Simple Vegan Blog has crafted what looks like the creamiest and dreamiest eggnog. In fact, I almost can’t believe that this is a vegan drink! I was so excited seeing this recipe that I had to add it to the list. Now, I can cheers the family with an animal-friendly version of a classic this year. (Simply Delicious and Califia Farms have also created a vegan eggnog that you can buy at Target!)
title photo: brooke lark