Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes For a Meat-Free Meal


Despite what you may think, there’s no reason to abide by the traditional Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re vegan yourself or have a vegan guest, it’s completely possible to cook a Thanksgiving meal that’s satisfying for everyone at your table. Instead of attempting vegan versions of Thanksgiving classics, we recommend making cozy, autumnal dishes that just so happen to be completely plant-based. Keep reading to discover 11 vegan recipes for a Thanksgiving to remember, and trust us when we tell you that these dishes will not leave you hungry.


Walnut Mushroom Bolognese

Caitlin Bensel


To make this rich, nutty pasta completely vegan, use non-dairy creamer instead of half-and-half, and skip the sprinkling of Parmesan on top. This recipe treats walnuts and mushrooms the same way you’d treat ground beef in a traditional Bolognese—with aromatics, white wine, and tomato paste. Bolognese might not be traditional for Thanksgiving, but it’s an undeniably delicious option for a main course.



Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

Antonis Achilleos


Spinach-artichoke dip is a fan-favorite, and this clever casserole recipe turns it into a vegan main, fit for the center of your Thanksgiving table. Instead of using dairy products for a creamy texture, this casserole includes a blend of cashew butter and non-dairy milk, which has a cheesy effect.




Red Lentil Squash Soup With Lemon

Caitlin Bensel


This silky soup makes for a lovely make-ahead starter. Carrots, butternut squash, and red lentils give it a vibrant orange hue—perfect for Thanksgiving. Spiced with coriander, cumin, and turmeric, this soup is full of warm, earthy spices.



Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Jennifer Causey


You only need chocolate, coconut oil, and crispy rice cereal to whip up a batch of these vegan treats. Sprinkle with flaky salt to make them feel a bit more adult, and set them out alongside (or in lieu of) your Thanksgiving pies.



Squash, Mushroom, and Kale Soup With Dill

Christopher Testania


Packed with vegetables like mushrooms and butternut squash, this soup comes together quickly and freezes well, so you can make it in advance and save the leftovers (if there are any!).



Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pecans

John Kernick


For an easy side dish, roast halved Brussels sprouts and pecans in a hot oven with olive oil and garlic. Roasted cut-side down, the Brussels sprouts will get a nice char, while the pecans will get toasty and golden.




Winter Lentil Soup

Kana Okada


Without the Parmesan, this lentil soup is totally vegan, and it’s exactly what you want to eat on a cozy fall or winter evening. Caramelized leeks, canned tomatoes, and fresh thyme give the soup an Italian feel. Serve it as a starter or as a vegan main; the lentils provide plenty of protein to keep you full.



Chocolate Oat Date Bars

Greg DuPree


Pick up some vegan butter to make these plant-based treats vegan; it’s an easy swap for butter, and well worth the trip to the grocery store. If you’re a Thanksgiving guest this year, these salty-sweet, chocolatey treats are a perfect gift for your host. Packed with oats and dates, they’re equally great for dessert as they are for breakfast with a cup of coffee.



Loaded Sweet Potatoes With Coconut and Kale

Victor Protasio


These loaded sweet potatoes are a total showstopper, and packed with flavor thanks to a serrano chile, coconut milk, and curry powder. Anything but boring, this dish would be a dreamy vegan main course, and with the help of your microwave, you can make it in 30 minutes from start to finish.



Skillet Polenta in Creamy Tomato Sauce

CAITLIN BENSEL


With oregano and tomato, this one-skillet meal tastes like pizza, hold the cheese. Tender, golden polenta dots the surface of the tomato-bean mixture, inviting you to tuck in. Anyone would be happy to see this beautiful skillet on their Thanksgiving table—vegans and non-vegans alike.




Swiss Chard With Chickpeas and Couscous

John Kernick


This vegan side is nourishing and elegant, and would pair well with all of the Thanksgiving staples. Don’t skip the pine nuts, which lend a sweet nuttiness to the dish, and make sure to gently toast them so they’re extra-fragrant.


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