Vegan eaters everywhere are naturally accustomed to dietary obstacles at the dinner table. However, Thanksgiving presents a particular challenge: it’s an entire meal designed to complement one beloved, iconic, totally carnivorous dish.
From the buttery potatoes to the meaty stuffing, what’s a hungry veg-head to do? Well, long gone are the days of rubbery Tofurkey and canned cranberry goo because we found delicious vegan fare like smokey mac and cashew-cheese, lentil loafs, and dreamy desserts that put basic pies to shame.
One thing is for sure — this year, vegan eaters will have a lot on their plates thanks to these recipes below:
Pumpkin Sage Biscuits
These three-step biscuits, from culinary veg goddess Chloe Coscarelli, are topped with sweet, simple syrup. Repeat after us, “Bye, bye, Bisquik!”
Butternut Mac and Cheese
Anyone who has ever made nutritional-based cheese knows how creamy the vegan-friendly sub can be. Add some rich butternut squash and brown rice macaroni shells for a secretly healthy entree.
Curried Spaghetti Squash and Chickpea Toasts
A flurry of spices and extra virgin olive oil in this no-fuss app makes for a scrumptious spin on traditional toast.
Apple, Fennel, and Sage Lentil Loaf
A slightly tangy glaze graces this hearty loaf, which is balanced by a touch of sweet apple. You might want to double the recipe — the leftovers go great in sandwiches.
The secret ingredient in this porcini-based broth? British kitchen staple, Marmite! It also calls for port, which we definitely recommend savoring á la mode.
Shaved Kale, Fennel and Asian Pear Salad
Stoneground mustard, maple syrup, and sea salt meld together to create an almost umami-like dressing for this light side salad.
The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Boy, are these garlic gems easy to make. And they live up to their name, too. Serve with some vegan gravy or just gobble straight out of the pot — taters gonna tate!
Meat has met its match with this hearty, mushroom-heavy twist on the supper staple. Leeks, fresh sage, and toasted pecans? Now that’s the stuff!
Simple Pumpkin Soup
This rich, creamy purée is savory, sweet, and everything spice. The kale sesame topping is optional but def worth it.
Salted Date Caramel Apple Butter
This easy slow-cooker concoction will have your kitchen smelling like apple cinnamon heaven. Serve atop your fave vegan ice cream and be sure to can any leftovers for pancake toppings!
Gooey, Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake
What’s cocoa, pumpkin, and heaven in a dish? This chocolate pudding cake, which oozes out its own creamy sauce as it bakes. Yep, you’re going to need a bigger spoon.
xx, The FabFitFun Team