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Best Plant Based Thanksgiving Ideas In 2021

Thanksgiving is the time of year when families gather together to give thanks for what they have. It’s also a time where many people are cooking traditional American dishes, which often contain meat and dairy products. If you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or want to try something different this year for Thanksgiving, here are some of the top plant-based foods that will leave everyone on your table speechless.

Green Bean Casserole

You can make a green bean casserole without having to worry about it containing meat, dairy, or eggs. Prepare your own vegan cream of mushroom soup and use that instead of the traditional canned version. Top with some crispy fried onions (which you can buy at most grocery stores already prepared) for an even more delicious touch!

Fall Panzanella

Why not serve up a delicious Panzanella salad this Thanksgiving? It’s full of fresh veggies like acorn squash, kale, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Besides being gorgeous to look at with the various fall colors, it also has all kinds of nutritious ingredients, making it an excellent choice for your plant-based guests!

Cranberry Sauce

Traditionally, cranberry sauce contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup, which are highly processed elements that are extremely bad for you. Instead, opt for something that takes less than five minutes to make but tastes just as great if not better by mixing fresh cranberries with maple syrup and orange zest.

Pumpkin Pie

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? This Thanksgiving, you can make a vegan version of it that everyone will be raving about, even if they aren’t vegan. Use coconut milk, raw cashews, or silken tofu instead of heavy cream to create the creamy texture, and make a homemade crust! 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are not something that everyone loves, but they can be delicious when roasted with the perfect amount of salt and pepper and some olive oil drizzled on top. They take about 20 minutes in the oven, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare your other dishes while these babies roast!

Sunchoke Bisque

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional creamy soups, try making a sunchoke bisque instead. It’s made from sunflower seed cream, which is naturally vegan, plus it has the added health benefits of potassium and vitamin C.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts With Apples And Pecans

If you’re looking to add some crunchy texture to your Thanksgiving table, try this recipe! Mix shredded brussels sprouts with apples, dried cranberries, and pecans, all topped off with a tasty maple-mustard dressing. This salad will be sure to please even those who aren’t usually fans of vegetables!

Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

If you want an easy way to dress up any green or grain salad at your dinner, then why not make some homemade cranberry vinaigrette? It only takes five minutes, plus you can make a large batch and store it in the fridge for later use.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Sage And Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Soup lovers will enjoy this roasted butternut squash soup that’s really easy to make. You can also roast your own pumpkin seeds at home using olive oil, salt, pepper, and some herbs like rosemary or thyme stirred in before baking.

Cornbread Stuffing

If you’re looking for a stuffing recipe that’s vegan and gluten-free, then this cornbread stuffing is perfect! It combines some of the best flavors from sweet potatoes, celery root, carrots, and onions with homemade almond milk instead of regular dairy milk. Plus, it has crumbled tofu to give extra protein to your meal which means everyone will have full stomachs without feeling bloated or uncomfortable after dinner.

Pear And Cranberry Crumble

If you’re looking for a vegan dessert that won’t break the bank and can be made ahead of time, this pear and cranberry crumble is perfect! It’s packed with nutrients from pears, cranberries, and pecans, which means it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar crash later on.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is all the different sides and veggies you get to enjoy. If you’re looking for a way to make your squash even more delicious, then try stuffing it with wild rice, dried apricots, pecans, celery leaves as well as some sage before baking it in the oven!

Pear Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts

This recipe makes Brussels sprouts incredibly tasty by placing them on top of a bed of quinoa which will absorb all their flavors while adding a nice crunchy texture. The pear pomegranate glaze also gives these Brussels sprouts an added dimension, plus they’re also great for entertaining since you can make them ahead of time.

Mashed Potatoes With Nutritional Yeast

If you’re looking to mix up your traditional mashed potatoes with something new, then try this recipe which swaps out regular butter and cream for vegan-friendly ingredients like soy milk plus nutritional yeast instead. This simple swap will give your potatoes an added umami flavor that everyone is sure to love!

Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts are perfect for fall since you dip them in a hot apple-cinnamon sauce before serving. Top it off with some crushed pecans or walnuts for even more crunch.


There are so many different ways to enjoy a plant-based Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family which means you won’t have to worry about feeling left out during this holiday season. Just remember to keep things simple and stress-free, and you’ll be able to enjoy a festive, vegan Thanksgiving! Also, even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, these recipes are perfect for any fall-themed dinner party or potluck!