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5 Vegan Alternatives for Thanksgiving Dinner

Who even said turkey was a requirement?

by Reem Khaleel Nov 22, 2022

Vegan dishes
Ella Olsson

Turkey Day is just around the corner. This year, in addition to being thankful for the blessings in your life, you can be thankful for pardoning at least one poor turkey from becoming a meal at Thanksgiving dinner by indulging in a traditional feast with vegan alternatives. From plant-based spins on customary entrees to a vegan pumpkin-filled dessert, we made sure to cover everything you need to enjoy an authentic Thanksgiving experience sans the fight over white versus dark meat. Unlike previous years, this meal is guaranteed to please your taste buds, guests, and the planet you're helping save by choosing plant-based alternatives. For this, we are thankful.

Here are five vegan alternatives to serve your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

1. Overstuffed Sweet Potatoes

Overstuffed sweet potatoes
Before The Butcher

Swap meat-based main courses with this plant-based twist on sweet potatoes. Stuffed with a healthy helping of carrots, onions, and tomatoes and spiced plant-based ground meat, what was once a side dish is now the perfect alternative to a Thanksgiving turkey or ham. Add in black beans to make this recipe an all-around hearty entree.

Snag the recipe here.

2. Mac & Cheese & More

Mac & cheese
Before The Butcher

Mac and cheese is a beloved comfort food that has turned into a fun Thanksgiving staple. Although less traditional than mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce, this easy-to-craft side is a sure hit with humans of all ages, from the kiddos who tend to stick with dinner basics to the adults who are recovering from a night of Thanksgiving Eve festivities. This specific recipe combines (vegan) cheesy goodness with spicy, plant-based ground taco meat to create a rich main dish with plenty of protein. For added heat, a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce can transform this recipe from spicy to fire.