Thanksgiving is on its way, and that means it’s time to start planning that decadent holiday menu. Now at one time, old-school tradition dictated that the typical Thanksgiving holiday menu featured carnivorous dishes that included turkey and ham. But as we approach 2015, it’s clear that the world is taking a closer look at what’s on the dining plate—and tastes, they are-a-changing, folks. Whether it’s for health or compassionate reasons, more and more people are turning to the vegan lifestyle than ever before, which is sensational news for holiday food shoppers, because your local store’s freezer section is sure to be filled with delectable Thanksgiving entrées including the famed Field Roast® Celebration Roast, delectable Gardein™ Holiday Roast and/or the Vegan Ham Roll by Vegetarian Plus®. Each option is delicious, cruelty-free, healthy and—as a bonus—won’t make you sleepy after eating!
In addition to the frozen vegan Thanksgiving feasts, there are also oodles of vegan recipes out there for entrées, side dishes and desserts that will leave your guests (yes, carnivores included) asking for seconds. And since it’s also National Vegan Month, we thought there’s no better time to share some of the best plant-based Thanksgiving dishes out there with you.
Be thankful and compassionate this holiday season and give these recipes a try! The turkey population will thank you.
If you want to put your chef’s hat on, you can make a mean vegan roast or special Thanksgiving entrée that your guests will love. Try famed Post Punk Kitchen’s Seitan Roast or make a hearty Vegan Shephard’s Pie. If you really want to confuse your carnivore guests with a delicious, “meaty-looking” entrée, serve the Vegan Whole Turkey by Vegetarian Plus.
Side dishes are definitely on the “can’t wait to indulge” list every Thanksgiving, so don’t disappoint! Cook up a side dish feast with a newly traditional Green Bean Mushroom Casserole, some crispy + melt in your mouth Forked Oven Roasted Potatoes, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and of course, Onion, Celery and Mushroom Stuffing.
No matter how delicious your dinner is, you better warn your guests to save room for the after-dinner sweet’s table—because vegan holiday desserts are taking over the world this season. Make the traditional Pumpkin Pie (your guests will never know it’s dairy and egg free) and/or a super decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. You could also opt for a sweet and delicious Pecan Pie or for something different, a Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle from the chef genius of Chloe Coscarelli (former Cupcake War champion!).
Are you serving vegan dishes at your Thanksgiving table? Let us know what your favorite plant-based recipes are in the comments section below.