Planning an amazing Vegan Thanksgiving Feast comes down to the food. No matter how cute you set the table or how healthy you try to make the meal, it still has to taste amazing. It’s a feast, after all. And a feast is loaded with flavors and only the BEST foods. No pressure, right?
Whether you’re a hard-core vegan, plant-based foodie or just trying to add more vegetables to your traditional Thanksgiving feast— you’re in the right place. I’ve got tons of recipes that have gotten rave reviews and would make a great meal for your Thanksgiving.
If you’re trying to go plant-based this Thanksgiving (and not have people cringe) I suggest not including faux turkey or attempting a gluten free, meat-free gravy. It’ll never compare to the real deal and 99% of people will be disappointed (even if they won’t say it to your face).
Instead, embrace the plants you love… and make them taste amazing. Honestly, my cauliflower buffalo wings are raved about by my family and friends way more than any roasted turkey I’ve ever made.
The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Meal Plan
Below you will find links to every recipe that I’ve included in the Thanksgiving Menu Planner. I’ve also created a version you can download, save to your phone, or print out to help you select the recipes you wanna make this “plantsgiving.”
If you still plan to have a turkey, there are plenty of recipes here that will go great with it. There’s no right or wrong way to do this… just the way that works best for you.
Now that you’ve seen the menu, let’s break it down into courses and recipes. Below are my most popular plant-based recipes that I think would be winners at any Thanksgiving Feast. Most are from our blog or from my best-selling recipe book, Simple Green Meals.
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My Top 4 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the snacking that happens while all the cooking is being done. These 4 appetizers are great finger foods to share with friends and family to keep them satisfied while they are smelling all the deliciousness coming from the kitchen.
- Cauliflower Buffalo Wings :: recipe
- Plant-based Caprese Salad :: recipe
- Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn :: recipe
- 7-Layer Dip + chips :: page 106 from Simple Green Meals
Top 4 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Nothing screams autumn like roasted vegetables and warm soups. Pair any of these sides with our Thanksgiving entrees to create a nutrient-dense delicious feast.
- Kale Autumn Salad :: recipe on the blog
- Vegan Pumpkin Soup :: recipe on the blog
- Blackened Brussels Sprouts :: recipe on the blog
- Minestrone Soup :: recipe on the blog
Vegan Thanksgiving Entrees I love
The main entree is when it can feel a little “off” without a big turkey in the middle of the table. Yet these 4 recipes don’t disappoint when it comes to flavor. I recommend making at last one ahead of time so you can perfect them to exactly the way you like before your big feast.
- Famous Loaded Sweet Potato :: get the recipe on the blog
- Austinite Tacos :: get the recipe on the blog
- Plant-Powered Chili :: recipe on page 182 of Simple Green Meals
- Sweet Potato Nachos :: recipe on page 200 of Simple Green Meals
Plant-Based Thanksgiving Desserts
Impress all your family and friends with these decadent desserts that can be made with ease. The Almond Butter Cups and Rice Crispy Treats can easily be made ahead of time.
- Cacao Dessert Bowl :: recipe
- Healthy Rice Crispy Treats :: recipe
- Almond Butter Cups :: p. 247 of Simple Green Meals
- Strawberry Mylkshake :: recipe
Want more desserts? Check out The Ultimate Plant-Based Dessert Guide that’s packed with 40+ vegan desserts and tips on how to transition to this healthy lifestyle.
Tasty Thanksgiving Beverages
I wanted to include some bonus recipes here for you too. Magic happens around the fire or board game table while you’re sipping on a warm drink. I had to include a few of my favorites to inspire you.
Commence the holiday sipping on a warm beverage like cider, hot chocolate or even a matcha latte (for those who still have a long drive home)! The cider can be made in a slow cooker and left simmering all day.
- Spiced Almond Milk :: recipe
- Hot chocolate :: recipe
- Matcha Latte :: recipe
- Apple Cider :: page 266 of Simple Green Meals
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loved ones! If you end up making any of these awesome recipes, we’d love to know. Be sure to tag us @simplegreensmoothies so we can celebrate with you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Jen, Dan, Amanda, Lindsey, Kim, Carissa, Ryan & Erin