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Vegan Thanksgiving

Being on my fifth year of veganism, I’ve had quite a few vegan Thanksgivings. I’ve tried an assortment of “turkeys,” sides, and desserts to find what have become some of my favourite pieces for a vegan Thanksgiving!

“It’s a vegan Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown!”

Disclaimer: I haven’t actually tried all of these myself (yet!), but any I haven’t made come from either a source I know and love or from one with fantastic reviews.

Main dishes

Tofurky Roast

Tofurky is probably the most easily recognised (and most frequently laughed at) of the vegan Thanksgiving options out there. That being said, you can’t beat the convenience it offers! Check out their original roast, roast and gravy, or their holiday feast!

Check out How to Cook a Tofurky Roast from I Love Vegan to try Brittany and William’s take on this classic vegan Thanksgiving dish.

Cauliflower Roast

If you’re avoiding fake meats or don’t like Tofurky, a cauliflower roast can be an amazing alternative!  I make this regularly myself using my Dijon-roasted Cauliflower recipe.

Want something even more natural? Try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Kara Carrero – just substitute your favourite vegan butter!

Side dishes

Glazed carrots

Carrots have always been one of my favourite veggies, so they’re a must-have at the Thanksgiving table for me! A tasty glaze just makes them all the better, especially when it includes yummy autumnal spices like cinnamon!

Check out my roasted cinnamon spice carrots, inspired by McCormick’s Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots.

Vegan green bean casserole

Is it even Thanksgiving if someone doesn’t make a green bean casserole? Well, yes, but I’m a fan nevertheless! My aunt brought one to a family dinner years ago, so this was a top choice to make vegan.

I’ve pushed it off making a version of my own for far too long (hopefully this year!), but PETA’s version looks wonderful.  I also came across these unique variations from Campbell’s and I’d definitely like to test out some of these flavours, too!

Cranberry sauce

It took me much longer to become a cranberry sauce fan than it should have. Not the canned, gelatinous sort, but fresh, homemade cranberry sauce? Yum! Try our easy family recipe.

Mashed potatoes

You just can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes!  You can add all sorts of mix-ins if you’d like, or even sub in some cauliflower for an extra dose of vegetables!  I’ve found countless instant potatoes that are accidentally vegan, too, if you’re not up to making your own.

This one is common enough that it’s probably already in your arsenal. But, if not, try this recipe from Forks Over Knives!

Stuffing (Dressing)

Another must-have at the Thanksgiving table!  My mom veganized her personal stuffing recipe for me when I first made the switch and it’s one of my favourite holiday foods now.

Technically, this is a dressing, as it’s cooked outside of a turkey, for obvious reasons (read more about the technical difference here!).  But, the terms also seem to be used interchangeably based on geographic location, so I’m making the executive decision to use them as such here.

Want in on the family secret? Check out our vegan stuffing/dressing recipe!


This is another Thanksgiving staple that my mom was kind enough to veganize for me.  Try her recipe or this one from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Candied sweet potatoes

It’s nearly impossible to find vegan marshmallows in our area, but they’re delicious without them, too! And when I splurge and order some? Yum! Here’s how we make ours.

Dinner rolls

Believe it or not, plenty of the refrigerated biscuit (the US version, of course!) and rolls you’ve known and loved are accidentally vegan. Check the labels at your local grocery store or make your own with this simple dinner roll recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Crescent rolls

Like dinner rolls, you’ll likely find pre-made crescent rolls that are accidentally vegan! Want to make your own? Check out this recipe from Go Dairy Free.


Another personal favourite! Cornbread recipe? Of course! Sam’s is the “Easiest (and most delicious) vegan cornbread” and I have no doubt she’s correct!


Pumpkin pie

Possibly the most festive of the Thanksgiving desserts!

Sam from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken has a fantastic pumpkin pie recipe.

Apple pie

They say you can’t get more American than an apple pie.  I might only claim to be a part-time American, but I can still appreciate the pie! I lived in apple country for long enough to be a fan.

Try this Healthy Apple Pie from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Pecan pie

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually tried pecan pie!  But, I’ve heard great things, so I may have to sometime soon.

I’m thinking of trying this recipe from That’s So Vegan, which has stellar reviews!

A la mode

Want your pie a la mode? You’ll need some vanilla nice cream!

Try this vegan (and paleo!) vanilla ice cream from Prepare + Nourish.

Pumpkin nice cream

Want to use your nice cream to squeeze in some more festivity? Pumpkin nice cream fits the bill!

Try this vegan pumpkin ice cream from Loving It Vegan!

Pumpkin roll

Pie’s not your thing? Pumpkin roll is a classic for good reason!

Try this recipe from the Spoon + Shovel.

Are you celebrating a vegan Thanksgiving this year? What dishes are you most looking forward to?

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