Thanksgiving is such a warm and inviting holiday. It’s one day in the year set aside to spend time with family and friends over a spread of delicious food. You wake up in the morning to the scents of rosemary, cinnamon, and baked apples. Hot coffee is being brewed and fresh vegetables are being cut up in preparation for the feast.
However, the star of the holiday is the turkey—or is it?
For vegans, turkey isn’t really the main course, and the sides aren’t smothered in milk and cheese. Instead, the sides are made with delicious grains, herbs, and dried fruit. But let’s be real, vegans love their smothered mac and cheese and savory stuffing too.
Here are seven vegan recipes to make for Thanksgiving that will give any turkey a run for its money.
1. Sweet Potato Casserole
This delicious casserole uses ingredients like sweet potatoes, coconut milk, maple syrup, ground cloves, nutmeg, and orange zest (yum!). The recipe also lays out how to make a pecan topping with raw pecans, coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon. The perfect sweet side for your feast!
2. Rosemary Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms
These little morsels are filled with delicious ingredients like wild rice, rosemary, garlic, and Italian herbs. They are perfect to serve as an appetizer or side with your friends and family at your feast this season! They take about an hour and 15 minutes to make, but the results are so worth it!
3. Apple Cranberry Slab Pie
In the mood for something sweet? This apple cranberry slab pie will have your guests diving back for seconds after their first slice. The recipe shows you how to make a sweet and (vegan) buttery crust from scratch and a filling made with fresh raspberries, cranberries, orange juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
4. Roasted Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls
Looking for a savory side to the dinner spread? You’re going to love these delicious, hot buns that kick regular water rolls to the curb. Using Italian herbs, olive oil, almond milk, and roasted garlic, you’ll have all of your guests (even the non-vegans!) reaching for more. Better make extra!
5. Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing
If you’re looking for a delicious stuffing, look no further than this recipe full of quinoa, cranberries, granny smith apples, fresh thyme, garlic, and white wine.
6. Creamy Mac and Cheese
No Thanksgiving, whether it’s vegan or non-vegan, is complete with mac and cheese, and this recipe shows us how to get equally creamy and delicious mac without the need to use cheese and milk. Sound impossible? Just wait until you try it.
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