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Thanksgiving is a time of merriment, a time to get together and spend time with your loved ones. Unfortunately, the holiday is also associated with turkeys on the dinner menu, and thus, nearly 50 million turkeys are killed each year for the day. Turkeys are intelligent creatures that, if given the chance, will show you their smarts. They also form strong family and friendship bonds with their flock and can travel in flocks of 200 or more. Try a vegan Thanksgiving dinner this holiday or bring a few vegan dishes to the dinner you’re going to, and let a family of turkeys enjoy their time together, off the menu.

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1. Cook Delicious Vegan Main Courses

There are lots of delicious main dishes to cook up on Thanksgiving, sans turkey! Try making Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs for those hard-to-please meat-eaters. You might have them fooled that it’s completely vegan! Or make a lighter vegan dish such as The Three Sisters’ Stew. Make these and more vegan dishes for the main course.

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Thanksgiving Main Dishes

2. Make or Bring the Right Sides

Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without sides! We’re talking about creamy mash potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce, fluffy cornbread, steamed green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, and the countless other amazing things that set the dining table for this thankful holiday. Sides make or break a good dinner party. They should be able to complement the flavors of the main dishes, while creating a savory taste that plays perfectly with the other sides. Make or bring these sides to your next dinner party.

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Thanksgiving Sides

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3. Make a Jaw-Dropping Dessert

Desserts are another must-have on the Thanksgiving dinner table. One of the most popular desserts for this thankful holiday is pumpkin pie. But, any kind of pie or cake will prompt guests to leave a little room for dessert. Whether you are making Thanksgiving dinner this year, or are going to a dinner party, make and bring a jaw-dropping dessert.

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Thanksgiving Desserts

4. Make or Request a Stuffing Sans Turkey

Just like its counterparts, cranberry sauce and gravy, stuffing is a traditional must-have on theThanksgiving dinner table. It’s also very versatile, even in its name. Northerners call it “stuffing,” while Southerners call it “dressing.” There are some in Pennsylvania who call it “filling.” This versatile dish can be made with white bread, cornbread, or rice. Some people swear by the stuffing recipe passed down from generations, while others prefer the Stove Top pre-made ones. Still, others are adventurous and look to the web for a extraordinary stuffing idea. (We’re hoping that’s you, Green Monsters!)

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

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5. Make or Bring a Memorable Cornbread

Cornbread is a staple in American Southern cooking and dates back to the Native Americans long before the first European settlers arrived. The Native Americans found corn to be a versatile food, ground it into cornmeal, and baked cornbread. When the settlers arrived, they adapted this recipe and created their own adaptations of this simple, but healthful food. Cornbread was also abundant during the Civil War, because corn was highly available and was cheap. It helped fight hunger on both sides of the battlefield.

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Thanksgiving Cornbread

6. Add Salads for a Lighter Meal

Let’s face it, you’re probably going to have some regret eating so much after your Thanksgiving dinner, but how about adding some salad to that menu? It’s an option that will leave your guests feeling lighter and healthier! Salads make great sides and appetizers for the classic, hearty Thanksgiving menu. It also adds more color to the table. Whether you like kale, chards, spinach, other leafy greens, or a more chilled salad, they are a beautiful addition to any meal, including Thanksgiving day.

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Thanksgiving Salads

8. Try Our Tasty Gluten-Free Options

For those of you who can’t enjoy gluten-filled dishes at the holidays or have family members who choose to go gluten-free, no worries! We’ve got you covered. We have incredible gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes you can make for yourself and your guests, and we promise you’ll never know they’re gluten-free! Even the stuffing and pumpkin pie can be made gluten-free so you don’t miss out on one little thing!

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9. Go No Bake With Our Raw Desserts!

And last but certainly not least, let’s not forget about the most important part of a Thanksgiving dinner- the dessert! But don’t just  try any dessert. For something easier, nutritious and still equally delicious- try a raw dessert this year.  Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Try our raw vegan desserts out and let us know what you think!

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As you can seed, going vegan this Thanksgiving has never been easier or more delicious. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and would love to know how you’re celebrating Thanksgiving as a plant-based eater this holiday season. Leave us a comment and thanks for joining us at our vegan table!

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