Every family has its Thanksgiving traditions and that one recipe you always look forward to.
That recipe for me was my mom’s hash brown casserole. The recipe was originally my Busia’s, and I realized much too late that I should have recreated this masterpiece and made a less-masterpiece-y vegan version to share with you.
But I’m lazy and last minute (that’s pretty much a lie, just FYI), so instead I humbly offer you this roundup of classic (and not-so-classic) Thanksgiving recipes.
Whatever you’re up to this Thanksgiving, I hope you are taking some time to be grateful — whatever that means to you.
Happy Thanksgiving, friend!
Okay, obviously, I’m not going to share any turkey recipes with you, even though turkey was totally the centerpiece of my Thanksgivings growing up. But I do have some interesting alternatives that I think just about anyone — even your picky nieces and nephews — might enjoy.
To get things started, how about these mind-blowing Smoky Mac Stuffed Sweet Potatoes? Mac and cheese? And sweet potatoes? Totally unconventional, but I’m not mad. I don’t think anyone you serve this to would be either.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, I still don’t have turkey for you. But this Lentil Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy is pretty meaty looking, and it’s stuffed with all kinds of beans and veggies to get your meal off to a hearty start.
Looking for more of an authentic Thanksgiving taste? These Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps are full of holiday-appropriate ingredients like sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. And that recommended Garlic Dill Hummus Sauce? Don’t skip it — speaking from experience.
All right, on to the even less traditional stuff here. First up are some Toasty Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters. They’ve got minimal ingredients and are a cinch to put together, whether you fry ‘em or bake ‘em. And they’ve got some pumpkin in there, so we’re not straying too far from seasonal flavors.
Did your family ever do Italian the night before Thanksgiving? I know that’s legit a thing for a lot of families. Perhaps this Easy Vegan Lasagna would be a crowd pleaser then. There’s actually a bunch of hidden veggies in there (you know how I love that) so it’s delicious AND nutritious.
If you’re not super in to making a big production but still kind of want to do something a little extra, how about this Fall Pizza with Pumpkin? Yeah, it’s homemade pizza (even the dough!), but don’t you kind of want to do something special for a special day? Plus, you really can’t go wrong with pizza, in my opinion.
Moving on to stuffing…I actually really liked stuffing growing up. I didn’t see what was so hideous about it. I especially enjoyed the crispy bits. I guess everyone’s got their likes and dislikes, right? I’m betting these options will get lots of thumbs up though, including this Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples. It’s stuffed (ha!) with tons of veggies and even some apple. Something for everyone!
This Easy Vegan Stuffing doesn’t have as many veggies so it might go over better with the pickier eaters. If you aren’t a fan of mushy stuffing, give this recipe a go. It’s full of flavor and texture.
I don’t know if this The Best Vegan Stuffing Recipe Ever is really the best vegan stuffing recipe ever, but it looks pretty damn good. It uses mushrooms to add some bulk, and it’s got all the right spices.
Yeah, I totally never passed up the rolls when the bread basket made its way to my end of the table. Same? Roll up with this bread-y goodness and share at your own risk.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a fluffy hunk of carb, and these Vegan Fluffy Dinner Rolls look like the perfect way to start your dinner. They’re pretty simple, but sometimes simple is the best.
If you’re trying to add some variety to the bread basket, these Sweet Potato and Herb Savory Muffins are perfect for you. Made with sweet potato and oat flour, plus a delicious mix of herbs, these muffins can be made in one bowl and ready in less than an hour. Perfect if you’ve got a lot of other stuff going on in the kitchen.
This recipe for the Best Damn Vegan Biscuits might seem pretty standard on the surface, but they look so fluffy and perfect, I’m pretty sure there’s some biscuit voodoo going on here. Fluffy, buttery, soft, and flavorful - everything you want in your bread, made in one bowl with minimal effort required. Yesssss.
It’s probably no secret that I love sweet potatoes, so I had to try really hard to branch out and provide some other options here. But I did it. For you.
First up is this Sweet Potato Casserole. Okay, sure, it’s sweet potatoes, but a sweet potato casserole is classic! Except this version’s got a little something something: almond sauce, apples, and raisins, plus some scrummy candied pecans that look like a damn good snack on their own.
For something a little less sweet potato and a little less actual potato, heres’s some Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower. It’s still nice and creamy, and it still has potato in there (the sauce!), but the base is cauliflower. It’s all baked together and reminiscent of traditional scalloped potatoes. Yum.
I mentioned the piece de resistance of my childhood Thanksgivings was a cheesy hash brown casserole. I couldn’t really find anything that was a perfect match, but this Easy "Cheesy" No Oil Hash Brown Casserole looks look a very worthy stand in.
Green Bean Casserole
Full disclosure: I’m pretty sure I never even ate green bean casserole, but I’m also pretty sure it’s a holiday dinner staple. So if you’re a fan of this dish, here’s some recipe inspiration for you.
This Green Bean Casserole is simple and traditional — just like mom used to make! You can take things a (healthier) step further and make your own fried onions but no judgment if you don’t. It’s Thanksgiving after all!
If you want something a little less casserole-y and a little more vegetable-y, check out these Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots. The green beans are still there, but they’re lightened up a bit. And if you’ve never had sautéed shallots, you’re in for a treat.
The recipe for the Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole can be modified to suit your tastes. Whether you want to leave out the margarine or use caramelized onions instead of fried onions, this recipe has lots of options so you can really make it your own.
Okay, now I’m starting to sound like a Thanksgiving hater, but I think I tried cranberry sauce once. I’m sure homemade versions are a million times better so if you need some convincing, give these recipes a go.
This Cranberry Sauce is straightforward, with just three ingredients and only 15 minutes needed to whip it up. Except there’s no whipping involved. Just some boiling, simmering, and chilling. Then, of course, eating.
Looking for a little less sugar? This Apple Cranberry Sauce relies on some brown sugar, maple syrup, and apples to give it the right amount of sweetness. Plus, a little orange juice to give it a little something extra.
Instead of apples, this Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce has — you guessed it — pears to mix things up a bit. And, instead of sugar, it features maple syrup, orange juice, and a combo of spices that sound delicious.
On to dessert! This is what you’ve been waiting for, right? I mean, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without pumpkin pie in my opinion. And I totally used to drown mine in whipped topping. But with these healthier versions, you probably won’t even need that stuff!
We’re starting things off with a different twist: Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Pie! Even though it sounds and looks super fancy, this pie has only eight ingredients. Which means it comes together super quick.
Another simple recipe with only six ingredients, this Vegan Pumpkin Pie is still traditional and has all that yummy pumpkin flavor and flaky crust you know and love. I’m in love with how easy this recipe looks. Homemade pie for everyone!
If you’re tired of standing in front of the oven and are dreading trying to fit one more thing in there, these Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies are for you. They’re no bake! And they’re freakin’ adorable. Pumpkin pie in mini no-bake form? I’ll take seven.
All right, if you’re not super into pumpkin pie, we can still be friends. But only if you try this Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding. It’s got all the same flavors except, you know, not in pie form. And it’s got rum. I rest my case.
Last but not least, Healthy Pumpkin Pie! It’s made with pumpkin, coconut milk, and rolled oats to keep the flavor and nutrition on point. It looks just like a slice of any other pumpkin pie, and I’m sure it tastes just as delicious.
All right, there you have it, my Thanksgiving recipe round up. If you’ve had more than your share of pumpkin pie and other holiday fare and are feeling a little…wonky, might I suggest checking out my two-day meal plan to help you get back on track painlessly? Grab it below and get going — after you polish off all those leftovers, of course.