You know you're vegan, and you know Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you know it's your turn to host. What you don't know yet is what the heck you're cooking. That's OK — the surge of last-minute, pre-holiday panic is more than normal. But don't break out the alarm bells yet: there's still time to curate a menu with plenty of vegan Thanksgiving entrees to keep any and all of your guests happy.
Facing down questions about how you could possibly have a Thanksgiving without meat will almost certainly come with hosting, or even with attending someone else's celebration. Whether you need a main dish to wow your own guests, or a main dish to bring for yourself as an alternative to someone else's turkey, it's more than possible to enjoy your plant-based holiday.
Be mindful not to mistake a vegan Thanksgiving for a truly ethical Thanksgiving — it's important to remember the ways in which the story of Thanksgiving glosses over the violent history of genocide against indigenous people in this country, and how modern farming practices (even of veggies) often exploit the labor of migrant workers. But if you're gathering together your chosen family to break proverbial bread and want to keep animal products off your plate, these 11 vegan recipes can help you along your way.