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Thanksgiving can be a stressful time in general, but especially if you’re trying to eat plant-based! So, to make life a little easier for you, I’ve put together some resources that will help ease your cooking. I know that when I first became a vegetarian, I didn’t even realize that Thanksgiving and Christmas may be challenging because of all the hidden meat (like the gravy and stuffing, etc.). I spent a lot of time watching my family chow down on delicious-looking food. Now you don’t have to be in that awkward (and hungry) situation because I’m gonna hook you up with some easy hacks!
If you’re in need of a pep talk, this episode of The Plant-Powered People Podcast is extremely helpful:
And you can hear my mom telling her side of the story of what it was like at the beginning of my plant-based journey:
If you’re wanting to cook some vegan Thanksgiving dishes from scratch, check out my 45 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes. Here are a few tasty options:
- Green Bean Casserole
- Easiest Pumpkin Pie Ever
- Mashed Cauliflower or Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
- Super Simple Gravy
- Classic Dinner Rolls or Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Pumpkin Tofu Curry
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Easy Homemade Whipped Cream
- Glazed Carrots
And did you know there are A TON of pre-made, store-bought, accidentally vegan options for Thanksgiving? Pick up one of these and bring it to share with the fam. In this video, Michelle Cehn and I give our recommendations.
Here are some of the products we discuss:
- Sara Lee’s apple and cherry frozen pies
- Soyatoo’s soy whip, I also love So Delicious Coco Whip (tastes like Cool Whip)
- Betty Crocker’s boxed mashed potatoes
- Tofurky’s premade gravy
- Canned cranberry Sauce
- Rainbow rolls with Earth Balance butter
- Mrs. Cubbison’s Vegetable Stuffing
Some other notable products:
- Pillsbury rolls
- Bisquick for rolls
- Marie Calendars frozen pie crusts
And when it comes to vegan centerpieces, there are now so many options! We did a taste test to explain how they’re all different! This year my family is serving the Gardein roast and Field Roast En Croute.
And, lastly, here are some cute ways to spruce up your table (click the images for the tutorials):