44 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes So Good You Won’t Miss The Turkey

By: Laura Newcomer | Greatist

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There are worse things in life than not being able to eat the Thanksgiving turkey or take a bite out of Aunt Clarise’s famous pumpkin pie. But when the whole country is happily gathered around the holiday table, it can feel pretty isolating to be a person who can’t join in because of food restrictions (by choice or necessity).


Vegans—who choose to eschew all animal products and byproducts for environmental, health, and/or ethical reasons—are particularly hard-pressed to find viable fair amidst traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Luckily, this roundup of healthy, vegan recipes is here to help. Pick and choose your favorites from the list below for a delectable holiday meal that will have even meat-eaters reaching for seconds. Bon appétit!

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Appetizers
1. Wild Mushroom Croustades
Healthy fats from olive oil combine with garlic, onions, thyme, wild mushrooms, and (to match the festive spirit of the holidays) some sherry. Slices of crusty French baguette make this dish the perfect comfort food in colder weather.
2. Fresh Apple Tarts with Phyllo
Pretty, bite-sized tarts draw from very few ingredients: raisins, vegan margarine, tart apples, sugar, phyllo dough, and some booze (Armagnac, cognac, or rum — take your pick). They’re sweet enough to eat as a savory dessert, but savory enough to eat as a treat to whet the appetite.
3. Cumin Apple Chips
These sweet-and-savory, crunchy-and-chewy chips are as fun to eat as they are tasty. Cumin, cinnamon, and sugar dust tart apples for a surprising and healthy mix of flavors: Cumin has been shown to relieve indigestion and hypertension, while cinnamon (a superfood in our book!) has been shown to fight inflammation.
4. Flaxseed Crackers
Raw crackers? Believe it. Flaxseeds, carrots, ginger, garlic, curry powder, cumin, olive oil, cilantro, water, and tamari or miso paste make for a healthy, crunchy, surprisingly tasty dip transporter.
5. Coconut Crusted Tofu with Creamy Green Curry Dipping Sauce
These fancy little bites are vegan, gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, and grain-free — and yet we’re willing to bet they taste great. Coconut, green curry paste, and pineapple and lime juices make for a flavorful (and healthy!) pre-dinner snack.
6. Fig and Olive Tapenade
This recipe may be simple, but it will make you feel all kinds of fancy-schmancy. Kalamata olives, dried black mission figs, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, and (our favorite) one cup of sauvignon blanc combine to give this healthy tapenade a savory kick.
7. Vegan Spinach Dip
This bright green dish will pop on any table. Superfood spinach combines with garlic, lemon juice, parsley, arugula, and raw cashews for a healthier take on this classic appetizer.
8. Squash Parsley Dip
Celebrate fall with the seasonal flavors of butternut squash. Combine it with garlic, parsley, lime juice, paprika, and nut butter for a creamy, flavorful, protein-packed dip.

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Soups, Salads, and Sides

Main Course

Dessert

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  1. sstringfellow23@gmail.com' Susan Stringfellow says:

    Hi,
    Great article! I’m not sure if it’s just me but unfortunately, I can’t access any recipes. The names of the recipes aren’t serving as links. Let me know what I’m missing, if you have time. Thanks!

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