When we think of cooking for Thanksgiving, what usually comes to mind is a messy, chaotic kitchen with hours of prep and cook time and complicated recipes. But fear not! We’ve gathered 15 recipes that mostly involve tossing ingredients on a sheet pan and putting it in the oven. As plant-based eaters, we might sometimes have to prep our own food for the holidays, and these recipes make it easy and simple to do that in any kitchen. It’s also easy to double any of these recipes so you have plenty to share with guests and show them how delicious and easy vegan cooking can be! We have some appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts for a complete Thanksgiving feast!
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Also, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to plant-based recipes for Thanksgiving!
1. Herb Roasted Chickpeas
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Crunchy, flavorful and filling! These crispy Herb Roasted Chickpeas by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD are great as a snack, sprinkled over a salad or used to top roasted veggies. They travel well and are a healthy alternative to your typical snack foods. You could even serve them as a part of your Thanksgiving appetizers!
2. Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Almonds
These Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Almonds by Stephanie McKinnie are the perfect savory snack! Fresh rosemary and garlic are oven-roasted alongside almonds, resulting in crunchy herbs that make this snack even harder to resist. Not only are they great snacks when you’re on-the-go, but they’re also perfect to take along to potlucks or serve before Thanksgiving dinner!
3. Sheet Pan Cauliflower With Crispy Onions and Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette
Come late fall, when you’re looking to make dinner and warm up the house at the same time, this is one of the best vegetable dishes to cook. Heat the sheet pan with the oven, so the cauliflower and onions sizzle, just like they would in a skillet. The caper-parsley vinaigrette is here to add a little salty punch. This Sheet Pan Cauliflower With Crispy Onions and Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette by Umami Bomb, Raquel Pelzel makes a great holiday side dish!
4. Maple Dijon Thyme Roasted Vegetables
Beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts wed with tangy apple, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and thyme to create an earthy autumn inspired dish. The taste these Maple Dijon Thyme Roasted Vegetables by Daniela Modesto take on when roasted together is everything you could want out of a fall dish. You can put them on salad, or as a side for your Thanksgiving dinner.
5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Toasted Seeds and Balsamic Vinegar
Not only are these roasted Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Judy Moosmueller sprouts amazing, but they are also paired with pumpkin, tomatoes, toasted seeds and balsamic vinegar to make a vegan side that will be unforgettable. Plus, the tandoori spice mix is to die for. Your holiday guests will thank you!
6. Colorful Roasted Root Veggies
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This Colorful Roasted Root Veggies side dish by James Wythe is really quick and simple to prepare. It will add some serious color to your table and guests will love it! You can always get creative and add anything you wish to it.
7. Tofu Sheet Pan Meal With “Cheezy” Miso Tahini Sauce
Simple one-pan vegan meal with tofu, vegetables, and “cheezy” no-cheese miso tahini sauce. Usually one-pan vegan meals call for chickpea, veggies, and seasonings. This Tofu Sheet Pan Meal by Lauren Kirchmaier, however, incorporates cubed tofu as a source of protein. The tofu browns beautifully alongside the veggies here for a protein-packed entree that can be made for weeknight dinners or a quick but beautiful holiday meal!
8. Sheet Pan Ratatouille With Creamy Polenta
A garden delight full of fresh herbs and flavors. This Sheet Pan Ratatouille With Creamy Polenta by Diane Smith works for lunch, dinner, potluck and holidays. You will never grow tired of eating this clean and healthy dish. It will be your “go to” staple for any occasion.
9. Holiday Oven Roasted Seitan
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Loaded with beefy, savory, holiday goodness this Holiday Oven Roasted Seitan by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman roast is boiled first and then baked to carmelize the outer layer and bring out the best it has to offer. Filled with holiday herbs and roasted with love this seitan is as prepared as easy as: mix, knead, boil, bake and serve! Perfect made the night before your holiday feast, or served hot from the oven.
10. Savory Sweet Potato Fall Crescent Rolls
Hot and flaky, buttery and salty with a hint of sweet – that is what these Savory Sweet Potato Fall Crescent Rolls by Jennifer Harmon are all about. There is something to be said about freshly baked pastry dough with its melt-in-your-mouth crust. Top that with a sweet potato filling and it creates the perfect creaminess while the mushrooms and onions bring all the flavors together.
11. Chive Mustard Roasted Radishes
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12. Pumpkin Sheet Cake
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This Pumpkin Sheet Cake by Gabrielle St. Claire needs no pitch, because it’s just all that and more! It’s easy, has minimal ingredients, affordable, packs tons of pumpkin, has aesthetic appeal, perf for fall, such a breeze compared to icing a full cake, and will have you reaching for a slice again and again!
13. Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies by Christina Bedetta are vegan, have a gluten and refined sugar free option, and are, clearly, full of nutrients. The texture is soft and chewy, reminiscent to that of your favorite pumpkin bread!
14. Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark
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This time of year, it’s pumpkin spice everything, but let’s not forget the seeds. And pumpkin seeds together with chocolate – amazing! This Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark by Holly Bertone is made with just 3 ingredients and it’s Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan. It’s the perfect snack for those crisp autumn days or a Thanksgiving dessert
15. Cinnamon Baked Apples
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These Vegan Cinnamon Baked Apples by Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek are a classic Fall dessert, made vegan and suitable for a plant-based diet. These will look beautiful on your holiday table and delight your guests!
We’ve got plenty more delicious Thanksgiving recipes! Check out 15 Vegan Pasta Sides to Try This Thanksgiving, 15 Vegan Seasonal Mashed Vegetable Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table, and You Won’t Want to Skip These 20 Amazing Thanksgiving Desserts!
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- 15 Vegan Seasonal Mashed Vegetable Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table
- 25 Amazing Vegan Desserts for Your Thanksgiving Table
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- 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
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