If it’s your first vegan holiday or your hosting family members that are newly vegan. You have lots of questions and we have lots of answers and options for meat-free thanksgiving main dishes and sides.
Most holidays pose a challenge for people struggling with food allergies and sensitivities. And the ultimate holiday food challenge - Vegan Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.
Ham, Turkey, Mac and Cheese, Dressing, Corn Pudding, Sweet Potato Souffle, Pecan Pie, Coconut Cake and Dinner Rolls. In other words; all of these can make the holiday spread an absolute minefield, navigating through for anyone with egg, wheat, soy, dairy and nut allergies. Forget about the fact that in a single day; you consume the calories, sodium, fat and protein it would normally take you a week to eat.
The holidays bring on lots of questions from friends and family alike, about exactly "what do vegans eat for the holiday?":
- Wait, are you vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian?
- Do you eat honey?
- You said no nuts but does that include coconut too?
- How am I suppose to make the corn pudding without milk? Almond milk!?!
- What desserts are vegan, gluten and dairy free? Just fruit, right?
What Can Vegans Eat At Thanksgiving? Here's Our Full Vegan Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu:
Our mom’s always worry about making sure we get enough, and that dinner was satisfying.
As long as your meal includes some carbs, fats and protein your vegan guest will be very satisfied. For example, a great combo could be Roasted Butternut squash with quinoa with a side of roasted acorn squash. Another option could be Mushroom Burgundy with sautéed garlic and spinach (did you know spinach is packed with protein and iron. One cooked cup has 5 grams). Even dessert can get in on the action with your apple rhubarb crumb, oatmeal has 5 grams of protein per ½ cup serving.
There are also a lot of great new foods on the market that take high protein grains like lentils and make them into rice and pasta another great option with your Mushroom Burgundy. And don’t forget about your appetizer hummus and pesto are great sources of protein.
We listed nine great choices below but browse the site for more great recipes.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Main
It’s actually quite simple turning the traditional Beef Bourguignon recipe into this wonderful vegan Mushroom Burgundy version. This makes a satisfying main dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas Holidays. Find the recipe here
This one-bowl spicy quinoa salad is loaded with bold flavors and healthy ingredients. This spicy tomato black bean quinoa with roasted butternut squash is an easy plant-based meal you can make ahead for your holiday dinner. Find this wonderfully filling recipe here Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed with Spicy Tomato Black Bean Quinoa
This delicious heartwarming jackfruit pot pie. Topped with a buttery gluten-free biscuit crust and a rich vegetable filling. Perfect for a cozy holiday dinner with leftovers to spare. Get this Jackfruit dinner recipe here.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Side Dishes
Golden, creamy, heartwarming vegan scalloped potatoes with a crispy vegan baked cheese crust. This dish is the perfect complement to any holiday centerpiece. A rich bubbly cashew sauce, that flows between layers of buttery potatoes. This vegan scalloped potatoes will be your new fall and holiday go-to recipe
Acorn squash makes a perfect baked vegan side for weeknight dinner. Our simple pomegranate and orange glaze takes this from a weeknight side to a holiday star
The Best Vegan and Gluten-Free Desserts
The smell of the kitchen, while this gluten-free vegan peach cobbler is baking, is the most delightful and aromatic experience. The peaches and cinnamon with the homemade buttery dumpling crusts created an incredible aroma.
What’s Thanksgiving dinner without dessert? This vegan gluten-free Apple Rhubarb Crumble dessert is a winner and won't have any of your guests missing the wheat, milk, and butter
Be sure to check out more of our plant-based dinner recipes.
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