Don’t Be Defeated: Vegan/Vegetarian Thanksgiving Options

As a vegetarian or vegan it’s easy to feel defeated on Thanksgiving. It’s a time when many of us return home to families full of meat-lovers and resign ourselves to the mashed potatoes and green beans [“resign” may not be the best word – mashed potatoes are awesome], or are forced to bring our own dish when the green beans and potatoes are doused with non-vegan-friendly butter. But it’s actually much easier than you’d think to put together delicious, healthier, meat-free options for the table that could dazzle carnivores and herbivores alike. Begin by offering to provide a dish, and if you get the go-ahead, take a look at these helpful, gorgeous, delicious-looking meat-free Thanksgiving recipe compilations:

  • Serious Eats offers a collection of eight Thanksgiving Vegetarian Main Dishes – perhaps one will pique your interest so you can use it as your centerpiece in your Whole Foods meal plan. I’m partial to the butternut squash baked risotto.

creamy goodness.

Photo: Blake Royer @ Serious Eats

  • Have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving from the New York Times. These creative dishes include a vegetarian version of the Meatball Shop’s famous treats [as well as vegetarian recipes from other NYC staples], creative sweet potato dishes, and a squash and apple stew. Also, there’s a feature called, “Can You Bake A Vegan Pie?” I dont know, can you?

Vegetarian Meatballs.

Photo via Tara Parker-Pope @ the New York Times.

  • For the procrastinator [read: me], here’s some quickie vegan thanksgiving recipes from Angela at Oh She Glows. I literally cannot pick just one dish on this page. Sweet potato casserole? Pumpkin pie brownie? Lentil walnut loaf? Angela even provides some decoration and gift-giving ideas. Meat eaters, just go look at the photos – I DARE YOU.

I was going to put a collection of individual recipes here, too, but I figured I’d leave it open to you guys. Share your favorite meat-free holiday dishes in the comments!



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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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