15 Recipes for a Cruelty-Free (Vegan) Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Break!

It’s the week of Thanksgiving break for Americans (WOOHOO!) and we are celebrating it by EATING! (Of course!!!)

Like most holidays here in the south, we like to gather together for a wonderful meal (or several), count our blessings, and stuff our faces.


 Today, I’ve gathered for you a collection of 15 rather traditional Thanksgiving recipes that have been VEGAN-IZED.

(Vegans don’t eat just salads, you know!!!)

Lucky for me, my friends and family are usually wonderful about trying to make something special that I can eat whenever we get together (because I’m vegan an ethical eater). This year though, I’d like to make it easy on them and just bring a dish myself!


Do you have a friend or relative that follows a vegan lifestyle and want them to feel included? Or are you a vegetarian who needs inspiration for a suitable dish to bring to your family get together?  Say no more! Any of the recipes collected below would be a fine addition to any meal. And all together, you could actually make your entire Thanksgiving cruelty-free!



First things first ~ The Main Dish

Obviously, if you’re going the animal-free route, a turkey won’t be on the menu. And contrary to what a hilarious YouTube skit depicted in the past, vegans don’t mold together berries and twigs into a vegan “turkey” and call it “roughage”. (Does anyone remember that video??? I can’t find it anywhere online!)

So here are a couple options for ya if you don’t want to skip a main dish entirely.


If you want to learn how to use a store-bought faux-turkey option ~

Tofurky Roast

from I Love Vegan



Or if you prefer making it from scratch ~

Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf

by Veganosity


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Now on to the side dishes—


You can’t forget gravy ~

Best Ever Vegan Mushroom Gravy

from Barbara Cooks



Potatoes are a Thanksgiving Staple ~

The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes

by the Minimalist Baker



And who could pass up stuffing!

Crockpot Vegetarian Stuffing

from Show Me the Yummy


My personal favorite ~ 

The Best Green Bean Casserole

by The Novice Chef



Something special for the kiddos ~

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

by Vegan Yumminess



A healthy side dish ~

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Apples and Caramelized Onions

by Cardy’s Kitchen



Incorporating cranberries ~

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

by Carlsbad Cravings



Or if you’d like to bring an appetizer ~

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

by Cook with Manali



Another staple ~ BREAD!

Vegan Roasted Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls

by My California Roots



Or if you’d rather try something other than the usual rolls ~

Vegan Pretzel Bites

by Hot for Food


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Lastly, and perhaps the best part of Thanksgiving dinners ~


And what dessert is more traditional for fall than PIE??


Vegan Apple Pie

by Fried Dandelions



Vegan Pecan Pie

by Namely Marly



Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie

by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken


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Lest we forget, perhaps one of the most vital components of a perfect Thanksgiving meal—


Something many can’t live without when they’re around so many relatives (or people in general, if you’re an introvert like me)—


The quickest and easiest recipe you’ll find—



Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 🙂


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  1. Linda and Alex @ Veganosity November 21, 2016
    • Amanda November 21, 2016
  2. showmetheyummy November 21, 2016
    • Amanda November 21, 2016

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