Vegan Thanksgiving Necessities (easy!!)

Thanksgiving can be rough for vegans/plant-based consumers. Most of the foods served during the holiday season revolve around meat (turkey) and dairy (green bean casserole, pie with whipped cream, mashed potatoes with milk and butter etc.) This year, I had the luxury of having three Thanksgiving dinners, so I decided it was time I perfected some veganized Thanksgiving classics. In this post, I’m showing you how to veganize stuffing, mashed potatoes, and apple crisp without sacrificing any flavor.

Since I made these recipes three days in a row for vegans and non-vegans alike, I can guarantee they are crowd pleasers. Next Thanksgiving, I dare you to serve these recipes to any vegan skeptics – they won’t even be able to tell the difference.


Vegan Stuffing

This recipe got the highest rating out of all of them. Packed with flavor from the sourdough, nutrients from the veggies, and the comfort of a warm homemade dish, this side is the perfect complement to any Thanksgiving dinner.


Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of sourdough (or bread of choice)
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp dried sage
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • butter to taste (I used 3 tbsp)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cut your loaf of bread into small cubes and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  3. In a medium sized pan, combine 1 tbsp of butter, the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Once the bread is ready and the vegetables are cooked, place them in a medium sized baking pan. Add the seasonings, mix, and then slowly pour in the veggie stock 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Once prepared, place back in the oven for 30-40 minutes, mixing as needed to avoid the top layer of bread from burning.
  6. Enjoy!

Vegan Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

For a girl who grew up eating microwavable sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, this was quite the level up. Hand mashed, skin on, and extra creamy, these are a new staple for me.


Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 russet potatoes
  • 4 – 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 3 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chives, chopped
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, add enough water to cover your potatoes and bring to a boil. Add 2 tsp of salt to the water.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, chop your potatoes into 1 inch cubes (If you prefer no skin in your potatoes, peel before chopping)
  3. Add the chopped potatoes into the boiling water, cooking until tender (you should be able to stick a fork through them with ease)
  4. Once tender, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot. Let the potatoes cook for 2 – 3 minutes on the stove top to get rid of excess water.
  5. Next, using a potato masher (or large fork) begin to mash the potatoes. Mix in the melted butter and milk slowly, while mashing, for optimal flavor.
  6. Once the potatoes are creamy, fold in the spices, sour cream, and any extra milk or butter desired.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Apple Crisp

I have always loved apple pie, but the thought of making an apple pie indimitades me. So, instead of going through all of the hassle of making pie crust, I decided an apple crisp was the next best solution. Not to brag, but when this dessert was served next to non vegan options, it got demolished! Plus, it’s almost impossible to screw up.


Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 3 – 4 apples (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 – 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • cinammon to taste
  • 1 – 2 tsp non-dairy milk (only add if needed)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Peel the apples and slice thinly, adding to a small baking dish
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the filling and add to the apples
  4. In another bowl, combine the topping. Mixing with your hands will be easiest
  5. Bake for 45 minutes (and broil at the end if you prefer it crispier)
  6. Enjoy!

I hope these recipes will help take the stress out of your next Thanksgiving and give you a way to impress your friends and family.

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