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18 Foods to Have A Real Vegan Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, you can have a vegan Thanksgiving.

Some enjoy that nicely stuffed turkey and mashed potatoes among family and close friends. Some just go to their favorite joint and enjoy some spicy chicken hot wings. That is their choice. But for those that are committed to a vegan diet, creative alternatives are to be sought after.

While aside from a rather obvious option of if-you-can-believe-it vegan turkey, vegans have a rather impressive variety of alternative meals they can incorporate for their very own Thanksgiving dinner. Be it a dinner exclusively for vegans or a get together where the vegan brings his own sustenance, these are the options for those that swore off animal products.

 

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#1 Fry Family Foods’ Soy & Quinoa Country Roast

Fry Family Foods’ Soy & Quinoa Country Roast
Who suggested this product?
The Fry Family Foods’ Soy & Quinoa Country Roast was recommended by Jim Amos from Fryfamilyfood. You can find out more about Jim Amos here or read their product recommendation below.

Fry Family Foods’ Soy & Quinoa Country Roast is a perfect way to have a delicious and ethical holiday dinner. Fry’s roast is 100% vegan, non-GMO, high in protein and is part of the line of products that Fry’s, a global leader in 28 countries around the world, have just debuted in the United States.

#2 Vegan Butternut Squash Cornbread with Walnuts

Vegan Butternut Squash Cornbread with Walnuts
Who suggested this product?
The Vegan Butternut Squash Cornbread with Walnuts was recommended by Jim Jennings from Yoga International. You can find out more about Jim Jennings here or read their product recommendation below.

Who does’t love cornbread? This side dish will tie in the rustic decor of your holiday table and it’s nutty and delicate cinnamon flavor will be a crowdpleaser!

#3 Vegan Beet Béchamel

Vegan Beet Béchamel
Who suggested this product?
The Vegan Beet Béchamel was recommended by Gina Stryker from Yoga International. You can find out more about Gina Stryker here or read their product recommendation below.

Vegan béchamel? Yes, really! The earthy sweetness of beets, coupled with the rich creaminess of the béchamel, makes this dish a delight on the Thanksgiving dinner table.

#4 Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasted Delicata Squash
Who suggested this product?
The Roasted Delicata Squash was recommended by Kristen Mccaffrey from The Slender Kitchen. You can find out more about Kristen Mccaffrey here or read their product recommendation below.

For a hearty vegan side, reach for this tasy squash roasted with brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s easy to make and presents beautifully. Always a huge hit for the holidays.

#5 Celebration Roast

Celebration Roast
Who suggested this product?
The Celebration Roast was recommended by Becky Beach from Mom Beach LLC. You can find out more about Becky Beach here or read their product recommendation below.

It was so tender and juicy that I didn’t miss not having turkey. I been a vegan for several years so am always looking for meat substitutes. My 3 year old loved eating it too and prefered it over the traditional turkey! I was amazed.

#6 Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto
Who suggested this product?
The Pumpkin Risotto was recommended by Rich Falbo from Firefly. You can find out more about Rich Falbo here or read their product recommendation below.

This vegan and gluten-free risotto dish evokes the flavors of the season with pumpkin stock, a medley of fall mushrooms, and charred kabocha squash. It makes a hearty side for a Thanksgiving spread or a filling holiday entree for guests who cannot partake in the traditional fare due to dietary restrictions.

#7 Grain-stuffed Baked Pumpkin

Grain-stuffed Baked Pumpkin
Who suggested this product?
The Grain-stuffed Baked Pumpkin was recommended by Susan Bowerman from Herbalife Nutrition. You can find out more about Susan Bowerman here or read their product recommendation below.

This dish is so easy and it makes a beautiful presentation, and it’s very forgiving and versatile – you can change the grains or seasonings, but it’s always good. It’s also healthy – you have fiber from the whole grains, loads of vitamin A from the pumpkin and it makes a filling and satisfying main dish for vegans.

#8 Lean Lentil Loaf

Lean Lentil Loaf
Who suggested this product?
The Lean Lentil Loaf was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Save a turkey and have a flavorful, fiber-full star of the show instead! This dish offers a wide variety of seasonal veggies, protein, and fiber to fill your stomach and body with nutrients. You’ll definitely want to gobble, gobble this up!

#9 Caulipower Mashed Potatoes

Caulipower Mashed Potatoes
Who suggested this product?
The Caulipower Mashed Potatoes was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Step up your tater game by leaving the fiber-filled skin on your potatoes and adding in some caulipower! Enjoy with oil free gravy for a heart-healthy flavorful addition to your thanksgiving feast.

#10 Marvelous Mushroom Gravy

Marvelous Mushroom Gravy
Who suggested this product?
The Marvelous Mushroom Gravy was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Mushrooms are an underrated superfood. Tons of B vitamins, Selenium, Potassium, Copper, and one of the rare plant foods that can have vitamin D. Enjoy with oil free gravy for a heart-healthy flavorful addition to your thanksgiving feast.

#11 Perfect Pumpkin Curry Soup

Perfect Pumpkin Curry Soup
Who suggested this product?
The Perfect Pumpkin Curry Soup was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Keep your eyes and brain healthy with this Vitamin A rich velvety soup. Served in a mini pumpkin to add an adorable festive touch to a seasonal dish!

#12 Craveable Cranberry Sauce

Craveable Cranberry Sauce
Who suggested this product?
The Craveable Cranberry Sauce was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Holidays are a time where sugar is abundant and in almost everything you eat. This is a time when immune systems are low, weather is cold, and the body needs all the help it can get. Cranberries are a great great source of antioxidants to boost the immune system, along with the vitamin C in oranges. Their efforts won’t be thwarted by refined sugar, as dates are used to give a sweet kick to balance out the tasty tart, without a dramatic blood sugar spike.

#13 Healthy Holiday Horchata

Healthy Holiday Horchata
Who suggested this product?
The Healthy Holiday Horchata was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Favorite fall beverages usually bring back memories of holiday cheer while also loading us up with tons of fat, cholesterol, and sugar. Feel the good feels while avoiding a spike in blood sugar and your cholesterol.

#14 Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins
Who suggested this product?
The Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Muffins was recommended by Dahlia Marin from Married to Health. You can find out more about Dahlia Marin here or read their product recommendation below.

Fall is here and all things pumpkin spice are what we want all the time! Treats are abundant and often leave us feeling sluggish, hyperactive, and moody. While this still is a treat, it has many upgraded ingredients in it making it a great alternative to bring to your next gathering without others feeling you are “forcing” your healthy lifestyle on them!

#15 Mashed cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower
Who suggested this product?
The Mashed cauliflower was recommended by Kristian Morey from MDMercy. You can find out more about Kristian Morey here or read their product recommendation below.

A low carb alternative to white potatoes, and an excellent source of vitamin C.

#16 Glazed carrots

Glazed carrots
Who suggested this product?
The Glazed carrots was recommended by Kristian Morey from MDMercy. You can find out more about Kristian Morey here or read their product recommendation below.

Another low carb alternative, in this case to sweet potatoes, and an excellent source beta-carotene.

#17 Sauteed green beans

Sauteed green beans
Who suggested this product?
The Sauteed green beans was recommended by Kristian Morey from MDMercy. You can find out more about Kristian Morey here or read their product recommendation below.

A side dish that is easy to veganize; simply swap the butter or processed meats that often season this dish with plant-based options such as olive oil, garlic, and shallots.

#18 Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
Who suggested this product?
The Green Bean Casserole was recommended by Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics. You can find out more about Caleb Backe here or read their product recommendation below.

Green bean casserole is a staple at Thanksgiving, so why should a vegan be left out? Instead of using cream of mushroom soup or any dairy, you can use almond milk instead. All you need to do is mix blanched green beans with olive oil, shallots, mushrooms, garlic, salt, pepper, and flour with three cups of almond milk. Bake the mixture for 20 minutes and top it with fried onions and cook for another 5 minutes so they get crispier.


Who contributed to this article?

Jim Amos from Fryfamilyfood

Jim Jennings from Yoga International

Gina Stryker from Yoga International

Kristen Mccaffrey from The Slender Kitchen

Becky Beach from Mom Beach LLC

Rich Falbo from Firefly

Susan Bowerman from Herbalife Nutrition

Dahlia Marin from Married to Health

Kristian Morey from MDMercy

Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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