Are you stressing about what to make for the vegan guest coming to your Thanksgiving meal? Or perhaps it's your first year being plant-based and you don't know how to convert your traditional celebratory meal to being a plant-based Thanksgiving meal? Never fear! I am here to give you lots of ideas for simple, easy to prepare dishes that will delight everyone at the table and give a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast.
Canapés and Nibbles
To be perfectly honest, canapés and nibbles are my favourite part of entertaining! I just love chatting and grazing (and I always end up eating too many of the nibbles!). Here are some perfect little canapés or you could make it really easy and put together a big graze board with a few dips, some vegetable crudités, crisps, nuts, and olives and everyone can just help themselves as they chat.
Starters and Appetisers
To make life simple, I often forego starters completely and just have more substantial nibbles with the welcome drinks. If you really want a formal starter, then soup is always a good option because you can make it in advance and just re-heat it on the day. Alternatively, you could make a lovely salad with all the constituent parts made ahead so that it can just be quickly assembled on the plates just before serving.
To keep things traditional, you could have a delicious nut roast or stuffed pumpkin as your "meat-alternative" main course, or you could make my comfort favourite creamy vegan pot pie which has the advantage of being able to make it in advance and just bake on the day. Or you could serve these elegant wild rice and mung bean stuffed peppers with garlic cashew cream which are utterly delicious!
There are so many delicious vegan side dishes you could serve for your plant-based Thanksgiving meal but here are a few of my favourites.
It's all about the sauces for me! I love a good onion gravy and of course home-made cranberry sauce. Honestly, once you've made your own cranberry sauce, you'll never buy those sugary jarred versions again!
People often struggle with what to make for vegan desserts, especially if, like me, you are also gluten-free. Other than the obvious fruit salad or vegan ice cream (there are so many delicious brands making vegan ice cream nowadays that it's pretty easy to find), here are some additional ideas.
So hopefully this gives you some lovely recipes and ideas about what to make for your vegan or plant-based Thanksgiving meal this year!
Although I'm not American, I do love the Thanksgiving celebration! Maybe it's because we've all seen it on TV so much and want that pre-Christmas family get-together, all going round the table saying what we're thankful for or maybe it's just a nice way to kickstart the "holiday season" and start preparing for the Christmas festivities! Either way, I'm fully embracing it! So Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I hope you enjoy making the recipes and, if you do, please come back and leave a star rating or comment on them!