The holiday season is one of the hardest times for vegetarians and while Thanksgiving is approaching, my heart is filling with more sadness. More than 46 million turkeys are massacred for Thanksgiving each year with most of them being boiled alive, not to mention the chickens, pigs, cows, and lambs. I wonder, how can people steal the lives from those who deserve to live, no matter how tiny or big they are?
Although I am a partial vegan – I refuse to eat meat – I do keep transitioning into a vegan world and do keep inspiring others to do the same. The holiday season is a real challenge to me. With all the family members, relatives and friends being huge meat lovers, finding something to eat other than meat on a festive table is impossible.
I’m sure I’m not alone, so the only way out here is to cook our own meals that will be safe and tasty for us – full and partial vegetarians. Try out the following vegan Thanksgiving recipes and who knows maybe you will make someone go vegan as well. That’s exactly what I’m going to do this year.
1. Ribollita – Tuscan White Bean Soup
This one is a perfect alternative to a traditional turkey soup. The soup is jam-packed with nutrients and absolutely versatile. Get the full recipe here.
2. Sweet Potato Galette with Caramelized Shallots
It can be both a main dish and a side dish or quick Thanksgiving appetizer, you name it. The only thing is, I skip the goat cheese and use less salt in this recipe. And the downside is, the sweet potato galette takes about 2 hours to make, but trust me, that time is worth it. Check out the recipe here.
3. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Farro, Chickpeas, and Kale
No one will leave your house feeling hungry this holiday season. Get the recipe here.
4. Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, and Gorgonzola Bread Pudding
Since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m going to use a plant-based milk while making the pudding. Get the recipe here.
5. Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Even if you are bad at cooking, you will not fail to make this gluten-free and vegan casserole. Check out the recipe here.
6. Vegan Roasted Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls
The step by step instructions with pictures will help you make these dinner rolls with little to no efforts at all. Look for the recipe here.
7. Pumpkin and Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without pumpkin and baked potatoes. Combine these two ingredients in one super yummy festive meal. Find the recipe here.
8. Roasted Cauliflower Risotto with Truffle Oil
Easy to make and quick to eat, what else do you need for your Thanksgiving table? Get the recipe here.
Trick everyone into thinking they are eating actual turkey. Check out the recipe here.
10. Lentil Shepard’s Pie
This one is as tasty as a meat version. I would say it is even more delicious. Plus, it is easy to make. Get the full recipe here.
There you have it – some of the tastiest vegan Thanksgiving recipes that you can confidently use for Christmas as well. Whether you eat meat or no, just try them out. Let’s stop promoting an animal abuse together. They deserve to live just like we do! So, what are your favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes out there?