We all love the classic Thanksgiving foods that we’ve been raised with. However, if you eat the same exact thing every year, it may get a little boring after a while. What better way to expand your food horizons than by trying the foods of other cultures and including them in your feast?

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We’re sure that you’ll love these international entrees, sides, appetizers and more that we found at your Thanksgiving table.

1. Asparagus Risotto

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This Vegan Asparagus Risotto from Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek is a healthy and easy entree your whole family will love, bringing you lots of flavor and a delicious nutrition.


2. Baked Plantain Fritters

Baked Plantain Fritters

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Serve these Baked Plantain Fritters from Amy Height with a little sweet basil ponzu dipping sauce on the side for a savory treat, or have them plain as an energy-boosting, sugar-free appetizer. They’re also just really decadent while being entirely guilt-free. Everyone wins!


3. Oaxacan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potato

Oaxacan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Famously rich and diverse, Oaxacan cuisine is full of rich, robust flavors, and famous for complex and delicious sauces. Guajina sauce is a regional specialty made from just 3 simple but signature ingredients- pepitas (or pumpkin seeds), chile and avocado leaves. Not just any avocado leaves! Mexican avocado leaves are not toxic like some other varieties and have a unique licorice like flavor. You can find them online. Black beans are another ingredient very common in Oaxacan cuisine and these are simply prepared with just onion and garlic! This Oaxacan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potato from Rachel Carr is delicious with any seasonal vegetables, but sweet potato is a perfect complement to the earthy and mildly spicy sauce.


4. Pumpkin Milanesas

Pumpkin Milanesas

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A Milanese does not necessarily have to be meat, in fact, a breaded and fried food is called a Milanese. We have prepared these pumpkin slices that besides being delicious are just an original and different way to serve pumpkin. These Pumpkin Milanesas from Yana Chistyakova are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

5. Teriyaki Sticky Sweet Potatoes

Teriyaki Sticky Sweet Potatoes

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This teriyaki sauce brings out the natural sweetness of the potatoes and slightly caramelizes them. Serve with veggie burgers, hummus, vegetables, falafel, soup or stew – you name it! These wonderful Teriyaki Sweet Potatoes from Andri Neocleous will go well alongside anything.

6. Kabocha Squash Lentil Curry

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This healthy vegan Kabocha Squash Lentil Curry from Kaylee Pauley has a lovely robust flavor and hearty texture, a perfect combination.


7. Minestrone Soup with Pumpkin and Buckwheat

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This Minestrone Soup with Pumpkin and Buckwheat from Simona Malerba is full of so many different nutrients – it is so filling and delicious. A great start to a family dinner or maybe dinner itself! Give it a go!

8. Greek Salad with Tofu Feta

Greek Salad with Tofu Feta

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This simple and tasty Greek Salad with Tofu Feta from Marina Yanay-Triner is topped with seasoned and baked tofu feta that will completely transform your dish. Who said salads were boring?

9. Autumn Fregola with Pumpkin and Black Beans

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A dish full of colors and autumn fragrances! This Autumn Fregola with Pumpkin and Black Beans from Valentina Chiappa will fill you up and wanting so much more. The combination of pumpkin and black bean complement each other so well! Give it a go!

10. Moutabal (Middle-Eastern Eggplant Dip)


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Moutabal (Middle-Eastern Eggplant Dip) from Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is fun to make, and involves roasting a whole eggplant on the stove, directly on the flame until it is charred, blistered, and blackened, resulting in an irresistibly smoky flavor and creamy texture. Combined with fresh lemon juice, raw garlic, chopped parsley, creamy tahini, and a few pinches of cumin and cayenne pepper, this tangy, smoky, garlicky dip makes a deliciously healthy snack and is the perfect dish to serve with some warm pita at your next party. Let us introduce you to the Levantine delicacy known as Moutabal.

11. Slow Cooker Creamy Eggplant Korma

Slow Cooker Creamy Eggplant Korma

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If you enjoy going meatless yet don’t want to miss out on flavor, this Slow Cooker Creamy Eggplant Korma recipe from Jackie Newgent is for you! It has distinct Indian flair, calorie-friendliness, and a colorful, fragrant finish. It’s delicious as is or served over steamed brown rice or whole grain of choice. For an extra punch of protein, stir sliced toasted almonds or raw shelled hemp seeds into the cooked grains. And to transform this bowlful of plant-based goodness into a complete meal, serve this korma with a protein-rich appetizer, such as edamame or hummus!

12. Instant Pot Tomato Butternut Squash Dal

This is a simple dal made with red lentils, tomatoes and butternut squash. Make it while butternut squash is in season! This Instant Pot Tomato Butternut Squash Dal from Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot is very lightly spiced so that you can fully appreciate the natural flavors of the tomato and squash.

13. Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

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If there was ever a dip that won over taste testers, this is it! A trick for super-creamy bean dips is to use white beans, which create a really smooth dip—a big help for oil-free recipes. This Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip from The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made With 8 Ingredients or Less is creamy like a hummus with bold Thai curry flavors that complement the sweet potato beautifully. With the garnishes, it makes a lovely presentation for a gathering.

14. Mexican Potatoes

Mexican Potatoes

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These Mexican Potatoes from Mireille Aikman are done in no time and tasty as well. What more can you wish for? Oh, and they look so good. Want to learn how you can make these Mexican potatoes? Check it out!

15. Moroccan Couscous

Moroccan Couscous

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The mixture of flavors in this Moroccan Couscous recipe from Amarilis Moldes is a pure explosion: the spices, the sweetness of the raisins, the crunch of the pumpkin seeds … simply delicious!

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. 

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