You don’t have to restrict flavor or satiation when eating vegan and gluten-free. We have 15 of our favorite vegan, and also gluten-free recipes for side dishes to bring to the Thanksgiving table this year to share with friends and family. We also have the ultimate list of vegan, gluten-free Thanksgiving menus, meat-less vegan “meat” options, and even grain-free Thanksgiving suggestions all on our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.
Get ready for some home-cooked, non-vegan approved Thanksgiving recipes that will leave your friends and family even more thankful!
1. Chickpea Baked Beans
Source: Chickpea Baked Beans
You really can’t go wrong when you have some form or other of baked beans. Rather than the navy beans typically used in baked beans, this recipe uses chickpeas! Once you make a batch, you will want to serve these beans with everything. They are great on bread, with quinoa or another grain, and are also a great addition to a buddha bowl. These Chickpea Baked Beans by Karen Kitto are so hearty and delicious, no one will know they are fully vegan and gluten-free!
2. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake by Kelly Williams is so simple, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but this one is about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce. Easy peasy, comforting, and delicious.
3. Carrot Avocado Ginger Soup
Source: Carrot Avocado Ginger Soup
Blended soup. With avocado. And carrots. And ginger, because it’s good for you and it tastes wonderful. This Carrot Avocado Ginger Soup by Amy Height is super nourishing, super satisfying, and is so simple to make, you’ll be extra impressed with how good of a cook you are.
4. Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa in a Citrus Vinaigrette
If you’re getting bored of salads get ready to get excited – this salad is anything but ordinary. Ruby red beets are shredded, then tossed in a citrusy vinaigrette along with creamy chunks of avocado, carrots, edamame, hearty quinoa, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Then, the whole thing is drizzled with a tangy, lemony dressing that will rock your socks. This Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa in a Citrus Vinaigrette by Dana Sandonato will bring color and refreshing, seasonal flavors to your Thanksgiving meal.
5. Fingerling Potato Salad With Lemon Herb Dressing
Fingerling potatoes drizzled with a lemon herb dressing, a delicious side dish that complements any meal. Tangy vinaigrette with fresh thyme, rosemary, and Dijon mustard brings out their earthy flavors. This Fingerling Potato Salad With Lemon Herb Dressing by Jessica Gavin is the perfect side for a hearty meal.
6. Mushroom and Bell Pepper Baked Beans
These Mushroom and Bell Pepper Baked Beans by Karen Kitto are a wonderful side to almost any meal. The tender red and green bell peppers are lightly fried with a bit of onion and garlic and then simmers with Cannellini beans and a smoky bouquet of spices. This dish works as a side at Thanksgiving and can double as a hearty toast topping for breakfast the next morning.
7. Olive Chickpea Flour Bread
Source: Olive Oil Chickpea Flour Bread
This hearty, dense Olive Oil Chickpea Flour Bread by Florian Nouh is perfect for making sandwiches or toast. It uses an olive hummus instead of flower and this swap gives the bread a unique flavor and texture that is completely addicting.
8. Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Parsley Pumpkin Seed Sauce
The secret about cauliflower is definitely out these days, as people have turned it into pizza crusts, rice, breadsticks and even desserts, but sometimes, the simplest preparations are the best. The inside steams to a perfectly yielding texture while the outside develops a crisp, caramelized finish. The sauce, made from a quick blend of mint, parsley and pumpkin seeds, is incredibly fresh and crisp. This Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Parsley Pumpkin Seed Sauce by Liz Moody is a fresh take on seasonal flavors.
9. Paleo Maple Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These quick paleo sweet potatoes in coconut oil are sweet, spicy, and so easy to make! A light and healthy fall side that your family will love! Bring these Paleo Maple Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Taylor Kiser to your Thanksgiving dinner for a sweet side dish that is hearty and simple-to-make.
10. Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew
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This Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew by Maria Llamas is made the traditional way with red wine and the earthy flavors of mushrooms, thyme, and rosemary. The result is a fantastic stew with different textures and deep flavors. Pair it with brown basmati rice, beluga lentils, or even the classic mash potato.
11. Creamy Carrots With Rosemary and Thyme
Such a simple and easy recipe, but the flavor is far from simple. The rosemary and thyme add complexity to the smooth and creamy texture of carrots. As you cook Celeste Meredith‘s recipe for Creamy Carrots With Rosemary and Thyme, your home will be filled with the aroma of fresh herbs and roasted root veggies.
12. Wild Rice Pilaf With Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans
This seasonal dish is smothered with lemon and orange juices, fresh ginger and spices for a shock of flavor. This Wild Rice Pilaf With Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans by Cathy Elton is so simple and bright it will bring fresh, seasonal flavor to your heavy meal.
13. Buttery Garlic Twists
Source: Buttery Garlic Twists
You have to admit that when you’re at Thanksgiving, the entrance of the rolls, or any incarnation of garlic and dough to the table is one of the highlights of the meal. Make this recipe to recreate the highly anticipated addition to the bread basket. These Buttery Garlic Twists by Debbie Adler are so fluffy and flavorful, you would never know they were gluten-free and butter-less!
14. Smoky Southern Collard Greens
Source: Smoky Southern Collard Greens
Comfort food at its finest! Warm up your meal with a bowl of these spicy, healthy, oil-free collard greens. You won’t have any leftovers when you make this classic, simple Smoky Southern Collard Greens dish by Molly Patrick.
15. Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips And Carrots
Basically just some carrots and parsnips roasted in the oven but you know how you have vegetables that you always eat in a certain way? This Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips And Carrots dish by Lili Basic Capacetti 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.
Still need more Thanksgiving ideas? We’ve got plenty! Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide for all the plant-based Thanksgiving recipes you could hope for, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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