Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes? Here Are 20 We Want To Eat Now
What can vegans eat on Thanksgiving? Everything non-vegans eat except turkey, basically. Sure, Thanksgiving staples like gravy, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole tend to be made with meat, milk and butter — but they don't have to be. 'Veganizing' these dishes is actually way easier than you might think, and with this batch of 20 recipes, you don't need to sacrifice taste, either.
Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup
"If you’re looking for a healthier soup recipe for Thanksgiving that doesn’t compromise on flavor or that rich mouthfeel, here it is," writes Jeanette of Jeanette's Healthy Living. Pumpkin seeds make a pretty garnish but also add crunch to the otherwise creamy vegan soup.
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Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Don't ever let anyone tell you that mashed potatoes need butter and cream! Olive oil works just as well, especially when paired with garlic and rosemary in this recipe from Big Girls, Small Kitchen.
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Roasted Carrot and Parsnip White Truffle Salad
For something a little lighter, try this carrot and parsnip salad from Beard and Bonnet. It's vegan, gluten-free and dressed up with pine nuts and white truffle oil.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
This isn't your grandma's sweet potato casserole, writes Oh She Glows blogger Angela. Her version is both veganized and more natural than her family's original recipe.
Image: Angela Liddon | OhSheGlows.com
Roasted Cranberry, Grape and Kale Salad
Blisstree offers another way to get your cranberries in this Thanksgiving dinner. Roasting the berries and grapes makes them sweeter, softer and less tart — a good complement to wilted kale and chopped walnuts.
Beet, Fennel, and Fig Salad with Cranberry-Sage Dressing
For a subtle cranberry dish, try this salad recipe from the folks at NYC vegan restaurant Candle 79. Beets, fennel, figs and greens topped with a cranberry-sage salad dressing.