If you are a vegan or vegetarian chances are you’ve been to a Thanksgiving dinner where you end up with a sad-looking plate filled with steamed frozen vegetables while everyone else gets to pile on a variety of fresh-out-of-the-oven, delicious-looking, aroma-filled dishes that would make anyone’s mouth water. It sure doesn’t seem fair, does it? So, for those of you that have been in this situation before or who are planning for a vegan guest, we’ve made it easy for you and compiled a list of healthy, vegan dishes that look absolutely incredible.
You can either discreetly pass these recipes on to your host in advance, make them ahead of time for yourself and bring them with you, or offer to host Thanksgiving at your place. If you do decide to host a vegan Thanksgiving, you can mix and match recipes from each of the following categories to create a beautiful, show-stopping menu that will showcase all of the delicious flavours and colors of fall. With recipes this incredible, I promise that no one will miss the turkey.
Cumin Seed Carrot Frites and Mixed Sprout Salad (pictured above)
Apple Harvest Salad
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Radicchio, Cranberry and Pistachios
Curried Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Citrus Infused Carrot Soup
Butternut Squash Apple Salad (pictured below)
Photo by Monique Costello
Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts (pictured above)
Crispy Smashed potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli
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Rosemary Roasted Carrots
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Bread Stuffing
Flax Crusted Sweet Potato (pictured above)
Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry Pear Sauce
Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Glazed Lentil, Walnut, Apple Loaf
Photo by Marianne Rothbauer
Vegan Apple Crisp (pictured above) with Coconut Whipping Cream
Raw Chocolate Brownies
Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Oat Crust
Pumpkin Pecan Cake
Now before you run off to the kitchen to start planning your menu, I want to talk a bit about the food coma that we inevitably end up in after Thanksgiving dinner. While it’s harder to overindulge when most of your menu items are plant-based, most of us still have a tendency to overeat when we find ourselves in a social setting. So if you are trying to stay on plan and not gain the 1-2 extra pounds that most of us gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s every year, or even if you just want to prevent yourself from leaving the Thanksgiving table feeling stuffed and bloated, here are some tips to surviving Thanksgiving without ending up in a food coma.
As you can see, with some smart planning, it is possible to have both a delicious and nutritious vegan Thanksgiving feast that lets you partake in the festivities in a healthy, balanced way. Wishing everyone a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!