6 Vegan Mashed Potato Recipes That Show Butter And Cream Are For Wusses

Can we talk about something, you guys? Turkey Day may have been built around the whole bird-eating thing, but is anyone paying attention to the bird? (Hint: no.) Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you Thanksgiving is nothing without mashed potatoes — or in this case, vegan mashed potatoes.

Turkeys, Tofurkys, candied hams — they might all be known as staple items on the table for a day filled with giving thanks, but when there’s a whole plate of ‘taters sitting stationary just a few seats down, is anyone giving the meat a second glance when the whipped goodness is giving you the eye? (In case you needed another hint, no, no one cares. Potatoes are life.)

The creamy, heavenly, scintillatingly irresistible goodness is just too much to refuse. Great Aunt Marge might be delighted to go on and on about all that she’s thankful for this year, but all you really want is a chance to whisper sweet nothings into those fluffy white clouds of carb-filled magic as you indulge in bite after bite.

It would probably do us all some good to admit that while the Tofurky might bring us to the table, those delicate white tufts are what really keep us there — and coming back for more.

And because we are doing nothing from here on out except counting down the minutes until it’s dinner time, here are some sinfully good vegan mashed recipes to pin, re-pin, and drool over until mom’s gathering you all for your assigned seats. (Cheers to you if you get there in time to swap seats with someone at the opposite end from Marge.)

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Vegan Mashed With Cauliflower, Peppers, & Caramelized Onions

You think you know, but you have no idea. Thanks to Cookin’ Canuck, we’ll never be able to see vegan mashed any other way.

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Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes With Spinach

Did I just read what I think I read? Yep! Oh She Glows transformed this simple recipe to a dinner-time legend with the addition of garlic, pumpkin, and spinach. Guess we’ll be eating triple our veggie quota for the day, huh?

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The "Best Damn" Vegan Mashed Potatoes

We’ll say what Minimalist Baker doesn’t need to: Why mess with the recipe when the classic is this damn good?

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Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

MVP of this dish goes to the lemon, which simultaneously blew our minds and delighted our tastebuds. Thanks, Well Vegan!

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Mashed Cauliflower

Um, who said that mashed potatoes had to be potatoes? The Detoxinista reveals just how easy the healthy swap can be. Plus, you probably won’t even notice the taste difference.

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High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thank you, Oh She Glows, for making it possible — and totally nutritional — to feature these mashed as the main dish on Turkey Day. They’re loaded up with protein so you can skip the faux bird all together and focus on what matters. Like another helping.

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