In 2019, more families than ever are opting for meatless Thanksgiving feasts. And why not? Preparing a satisfying, plant-based holiday meal is simple. Plus, forgoing the bird is better for the environment, your health – and of course – the animals themselves.
Whether they’re roasted, deep-fried or smoked, turkeys have been the edible centerpieces of dinner tables nationwide – and a core part of the traditional celebration. But as people become more educated about the negative impacts of the animal agriculture industry, many are choosing to tweak their holiday menus to include cruelty-free versions of classic Thanksgiving recipes.
Here, we have five fantastic main dish options to make your vegan-friendly feast the best one yet!
Loaded with veggies, hemp tofu, flavorful seasonings and pistachios for an added crunch, this stuffed acorn squash makes for a colorful entrée that pairs well with homemade citrus cranberry sauce. Note: This recipe calls for hemp tofu, but regular tofu – or even tempeh – will do!
If you’re looking for a more traditional, protein-focused swap, this plant-based “meatloaf” is a must. The recipe calls for quinoa, gluten-free oats, walnuts, flax seeds, peas, garbanzo beans and more.
Did you know that serving lasagna as a side dish on Thanksgiving is customary in many households? Any other night of the year, lasagna is drool-worthy main dish served on its own – so why not on this festive day of thanks? This dairy-free pesto lasagna will bring a glorious green color to the dinner table that will satisfy your eyes and your appetite.
Depending on how many folks you’re dining with, you may want to make two (or even three!) of these golden-brown, whole-roasted cauliflower heads. Seasoned to perfection, each slice is made even more desirable when doused in mushroom gravy, homemade gravy a more traditional packet of brown gravy.
Warm and flaky on the outside, hot and savory on the inside – this meatless pot pie is comfort food at its finest. Although not the most traditional item on this list, it’s an Indian-inspired recipe that will surely bring some flare to your feast. Introduce new flavors, including aromatic curry powder and spicy cayenne pepper, plus a variety of veggies, protein-packed chickpeas, creamy almond milk and cheezy nutritional yeast.
The best part? The entire dish is homemade (and it’s easy!). From the crust to the filling, this perfectly balanced pot pie is a nutritious entree option that will make you and your guests forget about you-know-what.