Your Thanksgiving Table

Your Thanksgiving Table

Imagine a Thanksgiving table piled high with mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh-baked rolls, cranberry sauce, and other holiday favorites. The feast is a celebration of community and an expression of gratitude.

So many of the wholesome, hearty comfort foods we enjoy during the holidays are naturally vegetarian. This year, build on that wonderful foundation by planning a meal that contributes to a better world for all living beings.

Start a holiday tradition of compassion by serving a delicious, plant-based menu. Here are a few simple tips for updating your Thanksgiving favorites.

Entrée

Tired of Turkey? Try:

Or, for a twist on the traditional, serve a new recipe such as apple-stuffed acorn squash or vegan potpie for your main dish.

Mashed Potatoes

This year, whip your mashed potatoes with a non-dairy spread like Earth Balance and a dairy-free milk alternative like soy, almond, rice, or coconut (just be sure to go for the plain, unsweetened varieties). They will be just as fluffy and buttery as you remember.

Gravy

Search the web for a variety of easy, vegan gravy recipes, such as traditional brown, savory mushroom, or caramelized onion. Or try a ready-to-eat product like Tofurky Savory Gravy.

Stuffing

It’s easy to veganize your family recipe with simple substitutions such as nondairy butter and broth made from Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base instead of turkey stock. No need to stuff a turkey — just bake your stuffing in a casserole dish.

Cranberry Sauce

Great news! Most homemade and many store-bought cranberry sauces are already totally vegan. Just give the ingredients a quick scan to make sure they don’t contain any unappetizing animal by-products like gelatin.

Pumpkin Pie

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without pie! You can find decadent, crowd-pleasing recipes in cookbooks like Vegan Pie in the Sky and Pies and Tarts with Heart Or check out some of the great recipe sites on the web.

Centerpiece

Adopt a Turkey certificates make the perfect centerpiece for every vegan Thanksgiving table. When you participate in Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project, you’ll receive an adoption certificate and a beautiful color photo of your adopted turkey. The photo and certificate will serve as a great reminder for you and your guests of why your holiday table is meat-free.

Ready to give it a try?
Check out these delicious holiday recipes and menu ideas:


Chef Chloe’s Thanksgiving Menu

Chloe Coscarelli boasts the first top prize ever awarded to a vegan chef on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She is the author of two best-selling cookbooks, and this year she’s sharing some of her holiday favorites with you!

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Recipes from Tofurky

Tofurky has been a compassionate holiday staple for decades. Try some of their popular recipes at your celebration this year!