As we quickly approach Thanksgiving, the rush for an amazing dinner menu has already begun. You want to show off your creative vegan skills to your family and loved ones, but where to begin? You can’t just serve potatoes and call it a day (technically, you can because we got a  bunch of potato dishes, but that’s not the point). Thanksgiving dinner can be way more fun than just potatoes.

We’ve scoured and formulated a menu that will be a real crowd-pleaser for everyone, even that one uncle who thinks you can’t get enough protein on a plant-based diet. You’ll be the talk of the table with these beautiful dishes. Hearty, satisfying, and with the works but without the cruelty, we bring to you: A Very Vegan Thanksgiving From Start to Finish. From the appetizers to the desserts, make sure to leave room for seconds.

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  – with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy!

Also, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to plant-based recipes for Thanksgiving and our Vegan Thanksgiving Menu From Start to Finish from 2019!

1. Sliceable Potato Cheese
Potato cheese wheel

Source: Sliceable Potato Cheese

This incredible, Sliceable Potato Cheese by Alicia Rokicka is the perfect thing to put on your sandwiches, to serve with crackers, or just eat it on its own – it’s that tasty. It’s the perfect appetizer and it’s easy to share. The potatoes and carrots form the bulk of this cheese and they are blended smooth with a savory array of spices and then simmered with a bit of agar agar to give the cheese its firm texture.

2. Warm Cauliflower, Chickpea, Kale, and Harissa Salad
Cauliflower, chickpea, kale, and Harissa salad

Source: Warm Cauliflower, Chickpea, Kale, and Harissa Salad

The hero of this Warm Salad by Elsa Brobbey is harissa, a spicy and aromatic North African condiment that adds tanginess and warmth to dishes. Cauliflower and chickpeas are seasoned with caraway, then roasted together until caramelized and browned. Then, onions are sautéed with harissa paste, kale, then the roasted vegetables. It’s so simple, but so good.

3. Quinoa and Beet Salad with Hazelnuts
Quinoa, beet, and hazelnut salad

Source: Quinoa and Beet Salad With Hazelnuts

In this recipe by Cathy Elton, the combination of Beets and Hazelnuts is a delicious and surprising combo that creates an amazing quinoa salad that will impress. It is delicious as it is pretty.

4. Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli With Cheesy Sauce
Sweet potato in loaf pan smothered in cheese sauce

Source: Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli with Cheesy Sauce

Simple food doesn’t have to be boring and this Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli with Cheesy Sauce by Plant Tribe is proof. Tender sweet potatoes are stuffed with oven-roasted broccoli and then topped with a creamy “cheese” sauce that you won’t believe is dairy-free.

5. Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips And Carrots
Roasted parsnips and carrots

Source: Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

These Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips and Carrots by Lili Basic Capaccetti is so simple it’s genius! You have to try this combination, it works so well together and the vegetables gets slightly sweet, crunchy and just amazing! A savory and sweet dish that is perfect to pass around the table this holiday season.

6. Garlic Parmesan Potatoes
Garlic parmesan potatoes with ketchup

Source: Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

These Garlic Parmesan Potatoes by Florian Nouh make just about the best side dish you could imagine. They are covered in a savory sauce that makes them extra crispy and incredibly delicious and then topped with some vegan parmesan to give them a little something extra.

7. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower With Chickpeas and Quinoa
Turmeric cauliflower and chickpeas

Source: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Quinoa

In Elsa Brobbey‘s recipe, the warm and flavorful Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Quinoa are mixed with a zesty turmeric dressing. Cauliflower and chickpea make a hearty and healthy pair and the added quinoa makes it a complete meal. Turmeric and the citrus flavors in the vinaigrette brighten the salad, making for a truly delightful combination.

8. Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
Herbed cornbread stuffing

Source: Herbed Cornbread Stuffing

The perfect marriage of two holiday classics: Cornbread and Stuffing by Rene Barker. The texture of the cornbread really makes this dish delicious. The sweetness of the bread combined with the savory spices make this dish a unique treat for everyone at the table.

9. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

Source: Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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.

10. Lentil Cashew Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
Lentil cashew loaf

Source: Lentil Cashew Loaf 

This hearty Lentil Cashew Loaf by Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey is as tasty as it is simple – and it’s really simple. The lentils and cashews make a dense moist loaf while the sun-dried tomatoes accent the flavor perfectly. The loaf is finished with a savory glaze that puts this dish over the top.

11. Skillet-Roasted Chili Carrots
Roasted carrots in skillet

Source: Skillet-Roasted Chili Carrots

These Skillet-Roasted Chili Carrots by Wicked Healthy have got it all going on – and they’re easy to make. After rubbing the carrots with sesame oil, they are tossed in a smoky, fiery blend of salt and spices and then seared in the hot skillet. At the end, these carrots are sweet, tender, and dangerously addictive.

12. Super Simple Potato Curry
Potato curry with veggies

Source: Super Simple Potato Curry

It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this Super Simple Potato Curry by Jennifer Harmon and then you just have to wait 20 minutes for it all to get hot and the potatoes to get soft. Basically, you cut the potatoes and then dump everything in a large sauce pan and simmer. Not quite as simple as throwing a pizza in the oven, but pretty damn close. This recipe is also extremely cheap to make and can feed the masses. I would double the serving if you have more than 2 or 3 people as I guarantee they will go back for seconds.

13. Pumpkin Cobbler
Pumpkin cobbler a la mode

Source: Pumpkin Cobbler

Don’t forget about desserts! We all love pumpkin pie, but branching out and exploring how pumpkin can be infused into other desserts is oh so rewarding. This Pumpkin Cobbler by Gabrielle St. Claire has all the crispy, crumbly goodness of a classic cobbler with the soft, warming feel and taste of pumpkin. If you love no-fuss desserts that can be made with little prep and work, you need to try this recipe.

14. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake
Cinnamon spice spaghetti squash cake

Source: Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake 

This Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake by Chrysta Hiser is a game changer, folks! If you thought you had nothing left to do with squash, you clearly haven’t tried this cake yet. The squash, once baked, is quite sublime and really the only flavor that really shines is the cinnamon and spices. It’s such a warming snack cake and is a pretty interesting way to use up some leftover squash.

15. Maple Walnut Ice Cream
Maple walnut ice cream in jar

Source: Maple Walnut Ice Cream

If you are getting tired of plain banana ‘nice’ cream, then this recipe is for you! The flavors of this Maple Walnut Ice Cream by Hannah Sunderani are rich, creamy, maple-sweet, and nutty. This ‘nice’ cream was made by blending together homemade walnut milk, chilled coconut cream, and maple syrup.

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