It’s officially our favorite time of the year — Thanksgiving season! While many of us will attend family gatherings, let’s not forget about the awesomeness that is Friendsgiving. For those who don’t know, Friendsgiving is a relatively new holiday celebration (the term first emerged in 2007) and has become a much-anticipated part of many of our lives.
Here’s how it works: typically, the host takes care of the centerpiece (check out these 25 Amazing and Meat-Free Thanksgiving Main Dishes if you’re hosting Friendsgiving) while the rest of the guests take care of the side dishes. So, without further ado, here are 15 awesome, easy, and budget-friendly sides to bring to Friendsgiving:
Hot and flaky, buttery and salty with a hint of sweet – that is what these Savory Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls by Jennifer Harmon are all about. Plus, they’re super-easy to make! All you need is puff pastry, sweet potato, and mushrooms! The roasted sweet potato filling perfect creaminess while the mushrooms and onions bring all the flavors together.
Source: Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
Everyone needs cranberry sauce for their holiday table. This Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce by Sabrina Russo is infused with cinnamon and cloves and flavored with fresh orange juice and zest. This combination creates just the right balance of acidity, sweetness, and warming spice; perfect for your holiday table.
Source: Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes
With potatoes, a blend of Indian spices, and peas as a garnish, these Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes by Melanie Sorrentino are kind of like a deconstructed samosa and the perfect unique addition to your Thanksgiving table. Red potatoes are mashed with onion, cumin, mustard seeds, coriander, and turmeric. Then, they’re topped with a curry-inspired gravy made from tomatoes, coconut milk, and even more spices.
Source: Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
This Herbed Cornbread Stuffing by Rene Barker is the perfect marriage of two holiday classics. The texture of the cornbread really makes this dish delicious — nobody will believe that it was made from a boxed mix! The sweetness of the bread combined with the savory spices make this dish a unique treat for everyone at the table.
Source: Spinach Artichoke Dip
This Spinach Artichoke Dip by Amber St. Peter is the perfect appetizer. Thick chunks of artichoke and spinach fill the not-too-cheesy, dairy-free sauce and perfectly top tortilla or pita chips! Your friends will thank you for bringing this.
Source: Green Bean Casserole Pizza
Looking for an atypical Thanksgiving food to wow your friends and family? This Green Bean Casserole Pizza by Natalie Slater adds seasonal flair to everyone’s favorite comfort food. The creaminess of green bean casserole lends itself so well to a crunchy, crispy pizza crust. You can prepare the topping and crust ahead of time so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday.
Source: Korean BBQ Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are usually enjoyed with mild flavor enhancements like a drizzle of oil or balsamic. These Korean BBQ Brussels Sprouts by Gabrielle St. Claire, however, are brought to the next level with a savory-sweet BBQ sauce. Enjoy these as a side dish — just go easy with the sauce so that they maintain their crispy exterior!
This Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheesy Mac by Caitlin and Riley Gladney-Hatcher is one satisfying dish. Warm, creamy, and flavorful, the creamy sauce is made from carrots, potatoes, and nutritional yeast with savory seasoning. Tender broccoli and cauliflower and stirred in to add an additional dose of veggies. Sprinkle this with a few turns of cracked black pepper and dig in!
This Creamy Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup by Silvia Ribas is simple to make and packed with beneficial ingredients like turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top this vibrant purée with toasted seeds, crushed walnuts, or garlicky croutons, for some added flavor and texture.
Source: Mushroom and Chestnut Wellington
In this Mushroom and Chestnut Wellington by Sarah Pether, three kinds of mushrooms are sautéed and stuffed into a flaky puff pastry with soft butternut squash and chestnuts. The filling for this Wellington can be prepped ahead of time and you can use whatever mushrooms you have available. The longer the filling sits, the richer the flavors get, and the less work you have to do the day you make it.
Source: Jackfruit Pot Pie
We’ve got the plant-based pot pie of your dreams right here! If you’re craving a creamy, warm jackfruit and veggie filling encased in a delicate puff pastry crust, you must make this Jackfruit Pot Pie by Sarah Pether. You and your friends will be so incredibly happy.
What do you get when you fuse a Mexican empanada with an Indian samosa? You get a Samosanada! We wanted to give these delectable fusion pies a seasonal twist by using roasted pumpkin instead of the traditional potato filling, and the result was, well, amazing! You can dip these babies in your favorite chutneys or keeping in line with the fusion theme … salsa, perhaps? Go for it, because guess what? You get ten pies for under $5.00! You can buy all the dipping sauces you want with all the cash you’ll be saving!
Source: Golden Apple Crisp
A most delicious Golden Apple Crisp is the perfect treat to bring to Friendsgiving! Kristina Humphreys makes layers of juicy apple slices are baked to soft perfection and coated in a warm maple-butter sauce that is topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon crumble. It is sweet, buttery, slightly salty, and warming–perfect for the cold days of winter. The recipe prep only takes a bit of apple slicing and an assembling of the topping ingredients. Bake it in the oven and enjoy the aroma as the kitchen begins to smell like everything wonderful about autumn–maple syrup, cinnamon, baked apples.
Source: Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
This delicious Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie by Courtney West starts with a spiced cookie crust that’s then topped with a smooth, creamy pumpkin pie filling that’s spiced with pumpkin pie spice and cardamom for an extra layer of warmth. Top with coconut whipped cream for the ultimate dessert experience.
Source: Sweet Potato Pie
For even more Thanksgiving recipes, check out Recipes for The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu: From Meatless Main Courses to Dairy-Free Pies. We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, for more delicious and seasonal plant-based recipes. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Green Bean Casserole Pizza