How To Have a Vegan Thanksgiving and Recipe Ideas

by on November 18, 2013


Low Fat Vegan Chef's Thanksgiving

 

Our Thanksgiving is already long gone in Canada, but I saved this post for my American readers as many of you have a hard time deciding on what to make and spend a lot of time worrying if your guests or family can survive a meal without turkey or ham on a big holiday. Lol. Well never fear I can help give you some ideas for  filling out your plant based Thanksgiving menu with ease.

 

Low Fat Vegan Chef's Thanksgiving

 

I make everything from scratch and find that whipping up mashed potatoes and mashed yams/sweet potatoes an absolute BREEZE in my pressure cooker. I actually have 2 now, one is an EZ Bean Cooker pressure cooker that I can set manually for cooking anything else other than beans as well, so I fill one with potatoes, one with yams and then I don’t have to sacrifice stove top space and watch the pot. This is a huge time saver and I use my pressure cooker every holiday to makes my potato recipes.

 

Low Fat Vegan Chef's Thanksgiving

 

A few things I’ll mention, I actually forgot about making stuffing this year as I focus more on making my lentil loaf recipe, stuffed peppers and mashed potatoes. No one seemed to mind though and having an alternative side of Greek Stuffed Peppers was actually a healthier option than traditional stuffing. The other thing is that I ran out of pecans and didn’t have any for my mashed yams but they were still delicious none-the-less. And best of all we had so much leftovers for the rest of the week it was SO nice not having to cook each day. (As my lentil loaf recipe makes 2 loaves and I made a double batch of gravy!)

 

Here are my favorite veganized Thanksgiving dishes to share with you since many of you will be dining plant based or trying to dine mostly plant based this year and still feeding some carnivores too! All of these recipes have been tested on my family and their non vegan friends, so I assure you they are crowd pleasers. :)

 

Some of these recipes are featured in my blog, and some are in my recipe cookbook Vegan Comfort Foods From Around The World has loads more delicious and hearty entree recipes for every occasion.

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Raw Vegan Salads:

Raw vegan Caesar Salad

The Best Caesar Salad

 

Low Fat Raw Vegan Chef's Strawberry Pecan Spinach Salad

Strawberry Pecan Spinach Salad

Vegan Thanksgiving Entrees:

Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats

 

Holiday Stuffed Acorn Squash

Greek Stuffed Eggplant

Herbed Lentil Loaf with Miso Gravy

Greek Stuffed Peppers

 

Vegan Side Dishes:

Holiday Baked Maple Yam Pecan Casserole

Cranberry Apple Pecan Holiday Stuffing

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Brown Gravy

Steamed Vegetables In Cheezy Sauce

Tangy Collard Greens in Coconut Milk

 

Vegan Decadent Desserts (These are not low fat):

Low Fat Vegan Chef's Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

(mine was based on this recipe here, I skipped the oil and t I put it in a pre made graham cracker crumb to save on time and added more spices to my tastes)


Holiday Vegan Pecan Pie

Vegan Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote

 

Vegan Lower Fat Desserts: 

Fudgey Black Berry Brownies

Vegan Rice Pudding

Apple Strawberry Strudel Pie

There are lots of delicious and healthy recipes to choose from. I hope that I included some of your favourites or gave you some inspiration to try something new. :)
So if these goodies entice you be sure to check out my book  Vegan Comfort Foods From Around The World and grab it before Thanksgiving is here! (Available in digital and physical format.)
What are you looking forward to having for Thanksgiving this year?

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1 Maggie November 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Thanks Veronica – last year I made the apple/strawberry strudel pie and it was well received – very good and I think I omitted the strawberries and just used apples.
Are all of these recipes in the Comfort Foods From Around the World? I have that book

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2 Veronica Grace November 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Hi Maggie,

Not all of the recipes are in Comfort Foods, most of the main and side dishes are, the salads and the desserts are not. :)

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3 VeganAUD November 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

What are you looking forward to having for Thanksgiving this year?
Which I was invited to a veagn home so that I did not have to prepar everyting if I want to eat. :)

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