A turkey-less Thanksgiving should be the norm. They’re much more ethical, accessible, and delicious. Faux meats have come a long way and there are so many vegan meat options to choose from! It’s super easy to go to the store and pick up a vegan roast with stuffing and everything. However, making your own meaty vegan main course is a great way to personalize your holiday spread. Adjust the taste and ingredients to all preferences and dietary needs so that everyone can enjoy the food. Feeling inspired to whip up your own meaty vegan main course for the upcoming holidays? Check out these 10 delicious meaty vegan entrees! They will impress vegans and omnis alike!

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1. Meatless Meatloaf

Meatless Meatloaf

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With all the traditional seasonings of the original this vegan Meatless Meatloaf by Alison Corey with chickpeas, peppers, and onions is big on flavor topped with a tomato maple glaze. Perfect as the main dish at your next dinner party, or easy enough to pull together for a weeknight meal.

2. Pineapple Baked Ham

Vegan pineapple baked ham

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The holiday ham, adorned with pineapple rings, is a magazine cover-ready classic. Here, you can stroll down memory lane with a plant-based version, complete with a layer of white “fat” wrapped around it and a sweet, pineapple glaze. This Pineapple Baked Ham by Plant-Based Meats, Robin Asbell is delicious!


3. Spicy Gumbo

Vegan Spicy Gumbo Over Rice

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This delicious Spicy Gumbo by Steven Seighman is perfect for those cold winter nights, or when you just need some really tasty comfort food.


4. Fried “Chicken” and Gravy

vegan fried chicken and gravy

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Tofu is such a versatile ingredient that when prepare in different ways, also yields very different tastes and textures. This Fried “Chicken” and Gravy recipe by Jessica Uy is so good!


5. Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie

Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie

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This Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie by Jenny Marie is perfect for a Sunday dinner, or just as a comforting any-night meal to warm you up when it’s cold outside. They pair perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes, green vegetables, and lashings of rich gravy.

6. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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These Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs by Rhea Parsons are indulgent, delicious and will satisfy any BBQ cravings you may get. Serve them with some mashed potatoes and cole slaw or your favorite BBQ fixin’s. They make a great appetizer or entree.

7. Taiwanese-Style Braised Tempeh “Pork” (Lu Rou Fan)

Taiwanese-Style Braised Tempeh “Pork” (Lu Rou Fan)

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Easy, authentic vegan version of classic Taiwanese Braised Pork (Lu Rou Fan) using tempeh. Marked by a sweet, savory, and umami sauce. With these meaty slices of king oyster mushroom, you won’t even remember that this bowl is vegan. George Lee‘s Taiwanese-Style Braised Tempeh “Pork” (Lu Rou Fan) is amazing!


8. Meatless Meatballs

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These Meatless Meatballs by Valentina Chiappa are great over pasta, in a sandwich, or on their own. They are so delicious and hearty. Keep them for yourself or serve them at a dinner party! Meatless meatballs will definitely impress everyone their and satisfy any craving. You have to try making these!

9. Vegan Chicken & Mushroom Bake

Vegan Chicken & Mushroom Bake

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This Vegan Chicken & Mushroom Bake by Stephanie Davies is absolutely amazing. It will impress vegan and non-vegans alike. Perfect for parties and get-togethers! The puff pastry makes this dish seem fancy, even though it is super easy! The rich flavor, and crispy then soft texture – what more could you need?

10. NY Strip Steak

NY Strip Steak

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This NY Strip Steak by Doug McNish is a remarkable substitute to steak. This cruelty- free steak is made from vital wheat gluten our and seasonings like red wine, garlic, and Dijon mustard to help give it the desired depth of savour. Serve this grilled on a barbecue, broiled in the oven, or pan-fried and sliced.

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Vegan french pate

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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