If your planning for a Thanksgiving meal is anything like my planning for a round-up post of Thanksgiving recipes — in other words, you forgot to plan anything until this very moment — then this post is for you.
Here is a quick and tasty round-up of vegan recipes that are:
1 | Thanksgiving appropriate.
2 | Contain simple and easy-to-find ingredients.
3 | Require little to no prep time (e.g., no excessive soaking or marinating).
4 | Delicious.
Note: A few of the below are my recipes, but most are drool-worthy creations from some of my favorite bloggers. Enjoy!
SMALL BITES + APPETIZERS
Thanksgiving Stuffing Poppers with Cranberry-Japeño Dipping Sauce — Hold the freaking Thanksgiving phone. These gluten-free, vegan bites from Beard & Bonnet sound like the greatest idea ever.
Creamy Avocado, Artichoke + Kale Dip — When you think about Thanksgiving foods, you probably don’t think about artichoke dip; however, this is a simple, toss-together crowd-pleaser that is nearly fail-proof. Note: I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe for a crowd.
Garlic Mushroom Quinoa — I have a weakness for anything that combines garlic and mushrooms, and this savory side dish from Damn Delicious makes me a bit weak in the knees. Especially when it comes together in a hot 35 minutes. Note: To make it vegan, simply use vegan parmesan (make your own by pulsing together raw almonds, nutritional yeast, and sea salt in a food processor).
Saweet! Potato Casserole with A Crunchy Nut Crumble — Crunchy nut crumble on top of sweet potato casserole? Enough said. Oh She Glows‘ healthy, creative spin takes the
Rosemary-Garlic Hasselback Potatoes — Just the photos of this simple, satisfying dish from Feasting at Home make my heart feel warm and comforted. Plus, it requires just 6 ingredients, and that’s including the salt and pepper.
Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Coconut — Asparagus tossed in a tangy + bright combination of balsamic, dijon, garlic, ginger, and lemon zest, roasted to tender perfection, and topped with toasted coconut? Thank you, Lemons and Basil, for this quick and tasty recipe!
Butternut Squash + Sweet Potato Soup — With 1 pot, 11 ingredients, and 45 minutes, you’ll have a silky, savory, and subtly sweet soup that impresses.
Crispy Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Seeds — With just 8 ingredients and less than an hour’s time, you’ll have a festive salad that’s easy on the eyes and downright addictive.
THE MAIN EVENT
Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce — I’ve made this recipe twice now, and it’s an absolute crowd-pleaser and wows vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike. No palate goes unimpressed by this festive Oh She Glows masterpiece.
Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed with Quinoa + Avocado-Basil Purée — Deliciously Ella is full of simple, beautiful, and plant-powered recipes, and this one is no exception to the rule. I love the idea of pairing butternut squash with avocado and basil. Yum.
The Great Big Vegan Holiday Salad — This filling salad from Choosing Raw has three amazing but simple components: marinated kale, broccoli-apple-cranberry slaw, and savory lentil, walnut, and sage crumbles. It’s like a salad and side course wrapped up into one powerful main course.
Chanterelle Mushroom + Kale Salad with Lime-Tahini Sauce — A festive bowl of goodness from Dishing Up The Dirt that comes together in less than an hour and makes for the perfect main course.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust — When vegan pumpkin pie filling meets graham cracker crust, there are no limits to the deliciousness. Yet another brilliant Oh She Glows recipe. Keep-It-Simple Tip: I use pre-made vegan graham crackers to cut down on the time for the crust. Also, cut down on the resting time by cooling in the freezer for an hour or two before transferring to the refrigerator.
No-Bake Walnut Pumpkin Pie — The phrase “no-bake” is music to my ears when in a time/efficiency pinch, especially when placed next to something as decadent sounding as “Walnut Pumpkin Pie”. Yum times two. Thanks, Healthy. Happy. Life., for this no-bake deliciousness!
Chocolate Bar Pie — This list wouldn’t be complete without one of Chocolate Covered Katie’s decadent (and secretly healthy) desserts. This one requires just 7 ingredients and is so chocolaty and satisfying.