Not sure how to have a vegan thanksgiving? No need to fret. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, or you’re the guest, here are some tips and tricks to having a vegan Thanksgiving that is sure to keep everyone happy.
Oh, and don’t forget to read til the end for vegan Thanksgiving recipes!
Let The Host Know
If Thanksgiving is being hosted at somebody else’s house, let them know beforehand that you’re vegan so they know what to expect.
Bring Your Own Dishes
Ask the host if you can bring your own vegan Thanksgiving dishes to share at dinner. Stick with safe and simple recipes that even the biggest carnivore would enjoy.
Buy Accidentally Vegan Food
This could be apple cider, pumpkin seeds, or even pillsbury crescent rolls! Or stick to easily veganized Thanksgiving recipes like salad, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce. Here are some accidentally vegan Thanksgiving products:
Ask If Host Is Willing to Tweak Recipes
For example, omit cheese from a salad or use vegan butter in the mashed potatoes. Something small that won’t drastically change a recipe and have the non-vegan guests notice.
If you can’t bring anything, or if you know that there will be no vegan meal options, eat before you go. That may sound boring, given how food is the main part of Thanksgiving, but you can still sit and chat with everyone. But instead of a whole Thanksgiving meal, you could snack on something like fruit salad.
Host Thanksgiving Yourself
Offer to host Thanksgiving at your house. Let your guests know that you will be making vegan recipes, and whether or not they can bring their own dishes.
Stick with less-intimidating dishes, and taste test them beforehand! Especially if you’re a new vegan, or are just not the best cook, (like myself).
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas
Meals and Sides
- Stuffing recipe from Simple Vegan Blog
- Gravy recipe from Nora Cooks
- Crescent Rolls by Pillsbury
- Dinner rolls recipe from Minimalist Baker
- Cornbread recipe from Loving It Vegan
- Cranberry sauce recipe from It Doesn’t Taste Like Kitchen
- Mashed potatoes recipe from Minimalist Baker
- Pecan pie recipe from Namely Marly
- Pumpkin pie recipe from Vegan Heaven
- Apple pie recipe from My Darling Vegan
With these tips and recipes, you’re sure to have a great vegan Thanksgiving! What plans do you have for this upcoming holiday? Let me know in the comments below.