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4 Plant-based Thanksgiving Recipes Your Non Vegan Family Will Love

non vegan family recipes thanksgiving Nov 12, 2021
table set for Thanksgiving

I like to go big for Thanksgiving. Let's be real...I like to BIG for every holiday meal! I vary what I make a little every year, depending on if I'm hosting or not, but it almost always includes the same veggies, my vegan mashed potatoes and either a cornbread or sourdough stuffing. I do a lot of cooking but I spread out my Thanksgiving prep throughout the week so it doesn't feel overwhelming.


This year, this is what's on the menu:

Thanksgiving Grazing Boardincluding my Healthy Spinach Dip and Butternut Squash Hummus)

Vegan Turkey (by Field Roast)

Cornbread Stuffing with Vegan Sausage

Mashed Potatoes with Miyoko's Creamery Chive Cheese

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Arils

Easy Garlic Green Beans with Fried Onions

Butter Lettuce & Radicchio Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing and Spiced Maple Walnuts

Crescent Rolls

Chocolate Pecan Pie



A Word About the Bird

This is a question I get asked about a lot...what do I do about the turkey? For me, that depends on where I'll be for Thanksgiving. This year, I'm hosting so I buy the turkey (or rather delegate that task to another family member attending the feast).


For me and my vegetarian daughter, I buy a vegan turkey. I have a few favorites:

The Herbivorous Butcher

Field Roast



I also adopt a turkey every year from Farm Sanctuary



Thanksgiving Recipes No One Will Believe Are Vegan

People love their traditional Thanksgiving foods. There's something about this holiday that evokes food memories like no other. We wait all year for the "perfect" stuffing or Grandma's sweet potatoes so it can be tough for a vegan to swap their plant-based alternatives for traditional favorites on the Thanksgiving table without raising a raucous.


The key to holiday success is to offer delicious food without a lot of fake or processed ingredients. For example, no one is going to "buy" that your vegan turkey roll tastes just like the original.


Don't try to go head to head with the traditional favorite. Instead, choose dishes that are beautiful and delicious in their own right, and that complement the menu with traditional flavors and ingredients you'd expect to eat on Thanksgiving.


For example, stuffed acorn squash or a vegetable Wellington are stunning and deserve a place at the table in their own right with or without the turkey.


Below are four plant-based recipes that your non vegan family will love...and you can make prep ahead so you have more time to enjoy Thanksgiving day!


Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Serve this dip as part of your Thanksgiving appetizer spread with baguette slices or pita chips. For a twist on your traditional mac 'n cheese, serve it tossed with macaroni and topped with fried onions. Get the recipe here.



Butternut Squash Hummus

This is the quintessential Fall dip and perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Serve it with whole grain crackers and crudite to start off your holiday grazing. Get the recipe here.



Cheezy Butternut Squash Shells

Bring on the butternut squash for this seasonal twist on traditional mac 'n cheese. Get the recipe here.



Mushroom-free Vegan Gravy

You don't have to be vegan to love this gravy. This one gets the job done for everyone at the table and only takes 6 ingredients. Get the recipe here.



Once you've got your menu done, don't forget to plan and break up your prep so you can actually enjoy yourself on Thanksgiving. Grab my free Thanksgiving Meal Planning & Prep Checklist to help you get it done.


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