11 Healthy and Delicious Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes
It’s that time of year again! We’ll soon be gathering around the table with friends and family to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. But if you are following a plant-based diet, you may wonder what you can serve. Not to fret! So many delicious plant-based dishes perfectly capture the flavors of the season and we’ve gathered up our favorites for this year. Without further ado, here are 11 healthy and delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes for you to try.
Starters & Soups
Vegan Caesar Salad If you’ve recently started to eschew animal products, then you’ll likely know that a good Caesar salad is hard to find, once you’ve cut out the cheese, croutons, and anchovies. This recipe will convert even die-hard Caesar fans, and the toasted chickpeas are an inspiring touch. Curried Pear & Squash Soup Curry and pears? It works, though, and creates a nice warm dish to get your guests relaxed before the main event. Colorful Beet Salad The gorgeous colors in this salad make it an impressive addition to the holiday table. Raw beets along with quinoa, avocado and spinach also make it a hearty salad that can serve as a main dish for another night.
Mains & Sides
Roasted Acorn Squash with Shallots, Grapes, and Sage Beautiful acorn squash are the perfect main dish at a plant-based Thanksgiving. Stuffing them roasted grapes makes this dish stand out from other roasted acorn squash recipes. Fingerling Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Rosemary, and Garlic Many people aren’t a fan of tiny cabbages, yet they are a staple at any Thanksgiving meal. This year, try a new twist for a truly delicious recipe that will please even the most discerning palate. Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese If you know you’re going to have kids at your gathering, why not make them happy? No one will know this delicious dish doesn’t have cheese it in, we swear. Stuffed Peppers with Thai Curry Rice and Mushrooms Peppers often get overlooked for squash and pumpkin this time of year, but stuffed peppers make for a great presentation that complements any dish. Roasted Butternut and Herb Tart This layered dish is not only delicious, but it also has a presentation that will impress your friends, yet is fairly easy to prepare. Cranberry Orange Sauce There’s nothing better than a good homemade cranberry sauce to complement your sides, even if there’s not turkey. This recipe is simple, straightforward, and can be made in advance for convenience. Add some cloves and cinnamon for a touch of spice if you wish.
Crustless Pumpkin Pie All of the taste of pumpkin pie without the fuss of making dough. This vegan, gluten-free option looks and tastes decadent but with minimal sweeteners (the sweet taste comes from apples and maple syrup) and no dairy, it’s as healthy as a pumpkin pie can get!
Cinnamon Apple Bread
Marco Borges shares one of his family’s favorite fall recipes, Cinnamon Apple Bread. This vegan, gluten-free bread serves as a warming dessert and it’s perfect for a holiday brunch.
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
½ cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
6 tbsp maple syrup ½ apple, peeled and chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups GF FLOUR BLEND: ½ cup Brown Rice flour ½ cup Oat Flour ¼ cup Tapioca Flour ¼ cup Arrowroot Flour ½ cup almond flour
1 tbsp flaxmeal
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a small (8” X 4”) loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix together the applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, apples, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Set aside while preparing the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour blend, almond flour, flaxmeal, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir well.
- Pour into loaf pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and let cool before transferring the loaf from pan to wire rack. Cool completely (about a few hours), then slice, and serve! Makes about 12 servings. Enjoy!
From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!