Everyone expects the same old things at the Thanksgiving: canned cranberry sauce, basic gravies and the like. However, your guests will be astounded when you serve up one of these amazing sauces! We’ve got some easy vegan cooking tips and incredible holiday recipes for you, and trust us, you need to see them! Here are a few tips and tricks with recipes from the Food Monster App to get you started on amazing Thanksgiving sauces!
1. Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Not Canned!
Image Source: Festive Cranberry Sauce
We have to start, of course, with the classic Thanksgiving sauce: cranberry sauce. This isn’t your standard canned cranberry, though. We’ve got some wonderful homemade cranberry sauces that will make you forget the canned stuff ever existed. Seriously, just look at this Festive Cranberry Sauce from Alenoosh Matakupan. Can’t you just picture that at the center of your holiday table?
Logan Dunn also has a great tip for making your cranberry sauce amazing – sweeten it naturally, like in his Date Sweetened Cranberry Sauce, which is perfectly full of festive flavors! You could even add some citrus into your classic sauce, inspired by Mitra Shirmohammadi‘s Gingerbread Oatmeal with Warm Cranberry Orange Sauce (and if there’s any left, it clearly would go great on breakfast the next morning!)
2. Spice Up Your Vegetables!
Image Source: Tangy Chili Sauce
Who says vegetables have to have the same old seasoning every year? Why not spice them up this year with a fantastic sauce to drizzle on top? This Tangy Chili Sauce by Iva Mrdjanov will bring some bright spice to your holiday table, and will elevate your regular cauliflower, green beans, potatoes or whatever you put it on.
With all the amazing Thanksgiving dishes, a side salad is likely to be exactly that: left to the side. Well, that won’t be the case if you top it with Annie Oliverio‘s Spicy Chipotle Salad Dressing! Everyone will be going back for seconds on the salad rather than just the mashed potatoes and stuffing. If you’re like us and you love a good hot sauce on, well, everything, then you won’t regret whipping up this Whiskey Hot Sauce from Erika Ghanny. It will be amazing over your plant-based ‘turkey’, stuffing, you name it!
3. Homemade Gravy Too!
Image Source: Oil-Free Gravy
Gravy is essential to many Thanksgiving foods. It’s amazing on stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, everything. You can buy gravy at the store, but trust us when we say that you’ll never want to again after tasting an amazing homemade gravy. For example, this Oil-Free Gravy from Alenoosh Matakupan will ruin store-bought gravy for you forever.
Gravy just makes every dish even better, and can be served over so many amazing things. Make a Country ‘Meatloaf’ with Gravy from Katie Koteen and be astounded how they combine to make a perfect Thanksgiving entree. And of course, everyone needs biscuits at a holiday table, and they’re even better with this great sauce. Molly Patrick‘s Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy will show you exactly what we mean!
4. Repurpose Classic Pasta Sauces!
Image Source: Parsley Pumpkin Seed Pesto
You can absolutely make pasta for Thanksgiving (in fact, we recommend it), but even if you don’t, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use pasta sauce on your holiday table. For example, this Parsley Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Melissa Tedesco can be put over potatoes, veggies, whatever you like. Speaking of what would go good with potatoes and veggies, this Simple Bechamel Sauce from Rene Barker would make the perfect complement to any side dish.
Really, who doesn’t love cheese sauce? Is there anything it isn’t awesome on top of? Find out by making Kristina Humphreys‘ Creamy Nut-Free Cheese Sauce for anything and everything you need sauce for. Wow – imagine it on your mashed potatoes? Amazing. You should also cook up your veggies in this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Mushroom Sauce from Maria Koutsogiannis!
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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