Vegan Thanksgiving

If you want to throw a vegan Thanksgiving this year, never fear. There are many menu options that will be enjoyed by all of your guests. By preparing vegan Thanksgiving recipes, you will be sure that nobody is left out of the feast and others will have the opportunity to try something new. 

Here are some tips and suggestions for planning a vegan Thanksgiving meal:

First, it’s important to understand the dietary restrictions that vegans follow so you can put together a proper vegan Thanksgiving menu. In general, vegans try to eliminate all animal products from their lifestyle. This, unlike vegetarians, includes dairy. Some vegans also prefer to avoid eating honey or using bone china. If you’re unsure of what your guests’ vegan practices are, simply ask them directly so you know what to expect when preparing your vegan Thanksgiving menu.

Still unsure of where to start? Vegan recipes for Thanksgiving don’t have to be foreign; they really are just a modification of traditional favorites. For a refreshing and healthy first course, open with seasonal salads. Try whipping together a vegetable gratin and substitute nut cream for the butter or bacon fat. Thanksgiving is also the perfect season for winter squash and corn. Best of all, you won’t have to skimp on dessert either. Classic staples like pumpkin pie or apple cobbler can be made using soy milk or other purees. Here's a classic side dish vegan-style:

Vegan Coleslaw Recipe:

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup cut apples
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Combine everything in a large bowl and mix well. Serve chilled.

A final suggestion is to ask guests to bring their own tried and true vegan Thanksgiving dishes. This will ensure that there will definitely be something for them to eat and will also introduce you to some new ideas for future parties.

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