Surviving Thanksgiving dinner when you’re trying to eat plant-based can be tough. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes, even veggie-based dishes like our beloved mashed potatoes, are typically loaded with meat and dairy products. However, if you bring your own hearty side dish to the table, you have something to eat and pass around.
While we love nothing more than a big plate of mashed potatoes, why not try putting a new spin on the classic dish this year?
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!
Here are 15 tasty, vegan mashed vegetable recipes that are loaded with seasonal flavors!
Source: Sweet Potato Mash
This simple Sweet Potato Mash by Bianca the Green Creator has the deep flavors of roasted sweet potato, onion, and a whole head of garlic. The cashew cream makes this dish feel like a guilty pleasure, with its unsurpassed creaminess. It’s perfectly warming served as a side.
Source: Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash
This Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash by Lindsay Cotter makes a great alternative for those who eat vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, or paleo. The nutty flavor of the root vegetables mixed with the creamy almond milk and coconut cream creates a satisfying dish to add to any menu. This is an easy-to-make, comfort-food style dish that is perfect for any family party.
3. Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole
This is definitely a dish for everyone — even the pickiest of eaters. Fresh green beans are tossed with coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and onion, all topped with a creamy layer of cauliflower mash plus a crunchy, garlicky bread crumb topping. It’s comforting, warming, creamy, and cheesy. In short, this Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole by Florian Nouh is comfort food approved. Plus, since it’s prepared with minimal ingredients in just 35 minutes, you just can’t go wrong.
4. Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash
This mash will really do the trick if you need to warm up – comfort food at its tastiest, folks. This Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash by Bianca Scartabello is incredibly delicious and filling. If you are a mushroom fan, this recipe is dedicated to you. It is full of flavor and it takes under a half hour to make!
5. South Indian Mashed Pumpkin
Source: South Indian Mashed Pumpkin
In this South Indian Mashed Pumpkin by Preeti Tamilarasan, yellow pumpkin is cooked until tender in a pot tempered with curry leaves and spicy mustard seeds. As it cooks, onions, spicy chilis, and turmeric are added to the pot and cooked until the pumpkin is tender enough to be mashed.
In this recipe, the flavors of roasted Brussels sprouts and maple pecans pair perfectly with creamy mashed sweet potato. This Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecan Topping by Sonja Trurnit is warm, comforting, and earthy, yet so simple to make. The taste of each component on its own is delicious enough, but when combined, it becomes something special.
7. Lentil, Sweet Potato, And Carrot Mash
If you haven’t cooked with lentils before, this is a great place to start! This Lentil, Sweet Potato, And Carrot Mash by Renee Sexton is super easy to make, really hearty, and beautiful on top of the bright orange mash. Top the whole thing off with some coconut yogurt and avocado and enjoy!
8. Perfect Pea Mash
Source: Perfect Pea Mash
This Perfect Pea Mash by Rebecca Leffler may just make you sing. Serve this purée as a side dish, as a spread on toast or crackers, atop a salad, or as a creamy pesto over other vegetables. This is a unique and simple dish to jazz up your table.
A mix of root veggies creates a wonderful little side dish that pairs well with practically anything! This Celery Root, Pumpkin, And Carrot Mash by Judy Moosmueller brings traditional seasonal flavors to the next level!
10. Lentils Over White Bean Mash
Source: Lentils Over White Bean Mash
If you’re looking for a versatile recipe that’s packed with protein, look no further than these Lentils Over White Bean Mash by Christina Barmakian. A heart stew made from lentils, mushrooms, carrots, and spices is served on top of a filling mash made from white beans and creamy Yukon Gold potatoes. Serve this with a side salad or some vegetables with crusty bread and you have yourself a hearty meal.
11. Mashed Casserole With Broccoli And Cauliflower Gravy
This Casserole by Jennifer Harmon has a layer of mashed potatoes, then a layer of cauliflower gravy, then a final layer of minced broccoli. The mashed potato layer has an undetectable can of white beans mixed in for protein. The gravy is made of puréed cauliflower as well as mushrooms. This ultimate comfort food of a casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make for dinner.
12.Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon
This is a simple but delicious twist on regular old mashed sweet potatoes. The small amount of bourbon gives them a kick, but the cinnamon and brown sugar will make these sweet ‘taters appealing to the more traditional types at your Thanksgiving table. Bring these Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon by Cathy Elton to dinner and your company might not even realize they’re eating way less sugar and fat than usual!
Source: Potato Celery Root Mash
The typical holiday mashed potato recipe contains nearly a stick of butter. But of course, you can make great mashed potatoes without any dairy at all. The celery root in this Potato Celery Root Mash by Cathy Elton gives the dish a buttery flavor that is just as good as the real thing.
14. Fennel and Carrot Mash
Source: Fennel And Carrot Mash
This rich and creamy Fennel And Carrot Mash by Rachel Hanawalt is the perfect recipe to add to your Thanksgiving table! Chopped carrots and fennel are blended together, along with creamy coconut milk, olive oil, and a bit of lemon.
15. Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy
Millet with cauliflower, a classic macrobiotic dish, cooks up soft and creamy and even tastes like mashed potatoes. The Shiitake gravy makes it especially tasty. This Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy from The One Peaceful World Cookbook is a delicious and hearty dish that will keep everyone wanting seconds.
For more ideas for Thanksgiving Day side dishes check out 30 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides And Soups! If you need advice on popular Thanksgiving Meat Alternatives, Eating Gluten-Free On Thanksgiving, Fully Vegan Thanksgiving Menu Plans, or even Thanksgiving Desserts, we have all the resources you need to get through Thanksgiving Dinner like a champ!
Recommended Resources For Thanksgiving:
Check out the following resources:
- Try These 15 Awesome Green Bean Recipes This Thanksgiving!
- 15 Vegan Pasta Sides to Try This Thanksgiving!
- Save Room for Dessert! You Won’t Want to Skip These 20 Amazing Thanksgiving Desserts
- 15 Vegan Seasonal Mashed Vegetable Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table
- 25 Amazing Vegan Desserts for Your Thanksgiving Table
- 15 Plant-Based Recipes For the Perfect Southern Thanksgiving
- 15 Stunning Thanksgiving Entrées Made With Just Vegetables
- 15 Vegan Small Plates and Starters for Your Thanksgiving Feast
- Make Your Thanksgiving the Best Ever With These 15 Grain-Free Recipes
- 15 Delicious Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- 10 Gorgeous Vegan Gravy Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Menu!
- 5 Great Ideas To Make Your Thanksgiving Drinks Dazzling and Delicious
- 15 Cranberry Recipes For Thanksgiving That Are Vegan!
- Tips and Tricks to Making a Plant-Based Meatloaf For Thanksgiving
- Five Fantastic Vegan Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving!
- 10 Vegan Casseroles Perfect For Your Thanksgiving Dinner
- 7 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Without the Turkey
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!