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46 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for the Whole Family

The holidays are almost here, so let the festivities begin with these amazing Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes that are perfectly plant-based and entirely oil-free.

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If you are hoping to make a special vegan Thanksgiving meal this year that will entice family and friends alike, look no further than this list of delicious holiday recipes.

Tips for making amazing Thanksgiving recipes:

  • Start planning at least a couple of (or more) weeks ahead! I can’t stress this enough. Begin looking now for recipes that your family might enjoy. This time of year, they are likely going to want some of the traditional recipes they’re used to, so finding the right ones in an ocean of options is very important.
  • Do a trial run of each recipe in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. You’ll want to make sure they actually taste good to you, and you will be a lot less stressed getting to know the recipe and how long it takes to make it before the actual holiday.
  • Every recipe doesn’t have to be a new one. Maybe throw in some that you’re comfortable with and know that your family already loves.
  • I like to try one new recipe at a time, so I can focus on the prep and making any tweaks to it that might make it even better. It’s just less overwhelming to me when I’m dealing with one thing at a time.
  • If you’re looking for very kid-friendly recipes, also take a look at the recipes in this link- Kid-Friendly Recipes.
  • More tips for hosting a whole-food plant-based party.

Vegan Thanksgiving recipes you’ll find here

If you’ve ever wondered what vegans eat for Thanksgiving, just take a peek at the recipes listed in the categories below.

  • Main Dishes
  • Sides
  • Casseroles
  • Appetizers
  • Desserts

Get the Thanksgiving holiday meal started right with one of these terrific main entree options!

Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

These hearty vegan Thanksgiving main dishes make a beautiful and delicious table display for guests and family.

Casseroles are always a terrific holiday option, whether you’re hosting at your home or taking a dish to a gathering. Many of these vegan casseroles can be made ahead of time and then cooked the next day in a beautiful casserole dish.

Vegan Holiday Casseroles

Casseroles are a warm bubbling oasis of comfort and yumminess that reminds us of childhood trips to Grandma’s house and holidays.

These are classic holiday sides that have been veganized, and I’m betting even you’re non-vegan family is going to love them.

Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

Classic side dishes are a very important part of any vegan Thanksgiving meal. The recipes in this collection are the traditional dishes that have been tweaked to make them healthier. Believe me, they are going to be a hit!

The appetizers listed here are a great way to let everyone get a taste of the wonderfulness that is about to come their way. My family likes to set a snack table for everyone to sample for an hour or so before the actual meal is served.

Some folks like to serve appetizers at the table before the main course. Either way, you decide to serve them, these appetizer dishes are going to be a hit!

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

The best way to begin a great holiday meal is with delicious and healthy appetizers like these.

Finish your holiday meal with a bang! These amazing vegan Thanksgiving desserts will help you do just that.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

There is no better way to complete a fabulous holiday dinner than with these crowd-pleasing vegan desserts.

Your Questions Answered:

  • Q: Are these Thanksgiving recipes gluten-free? Some are and some are not. Those that are gluten-free are disclosed in the articles about them. Many that aren’t already can be made to be gluten-free, and those options are listed in the ‘Tips’ or ‘Your Questions Answered’ sections at the bottom of each recipe.
  • Q: What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving? Everything in the lists above and more. There are so many options for main dishes, sides, and desserts! We typically have a vegan roast or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. Sides include broccoli salad, scalloped potatoes, and green bean casserole.
  • Q: What is a good replacement for turkey? My personal favorite is vegan meatloaf, and there are many others including vegan seitan roast, lentil shepherd’s pie, and mock chicken casserole.
  • Q: Where can I find more vegan holiday recipes? I’m so glad you asked! Try my Ultimate Vegan Christmas Dinner article and these 21 Vegan Holiday Recipes for even more inspiration.
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