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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
A low carb alternative to white potatoes, and an excellent source of vitamin C.
#16 Glazed carrots
Another low carb alternative, in this case to sweet potatoes, and an excellent source beta-carotene.
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.
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.