23 Plant-Based Recipes to Bring to Thanksgiving

When I tell people I’m vegetarian, the #1 question I’ve always been asked is, “So what do you eat at Thanksgiving?” While a meat-free lifestyle has become more popular since second grade when the other kids called me “veggie girl” (true story), Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally the most plant-based-friendly holiday. Lucky for us health nuts, it’s actually easier than you think to eat your veggies (even on Turkey Day), whether you’re vegetarian/vegan or want to add more produce that will make you feel good and help prevent the dreaded post-Thanksgiving food-coma.

 

 

To prove it, here are 23 recipes for your Thanksgiving favorites, only they all sneak in some extra fruits or vegetables for more nutritious options. The best part? These recipes are so delicious, your friends at Friendsgiving or that picky uncle who only eats meat and dairy will never tell the difference (because healthy or not, Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be enjoyed). 

 

Appetizers

 

1. Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates 

Source: Love & Lemons

 

2. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Sauce

Source: Cotter Crunch

 

3. Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip

Source: Minimalist Baker

 

4. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Garlic Vinaigrette 

Source: Abra’s Kitchen

 

5. Turkey Veggie Tray

Source: Eating Bird Food

 

6. Curried Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad

Source: Minimalist Baker

 

 

Main Dishes

 

7. Kale and Mushroom Stuffing

Source: Love & Lemons

 

8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

9. Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Source: Minimalist Baker

 

10. Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

11. Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Mushroom Cashew Cream Sauce

Source: Eating Bird Food

 

12. Roasted Delicata Squash

Source: Love and Lemons

 

13. Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas and Lentils

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

14. Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Source: Love & Lemons

 

 

Desserts

 

16. Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Source: Minimalist Baker

 

17. Feel-Good Apple Muffins

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

18. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

Source: Eating Bird Food

 

19. Cinnamon Baked Pears

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

20. Raw Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Source: Minimalist Baker

 

21. Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies

Source: Cotter Crunch

 

22. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Scones

Source: Abra’s Kitchen

 

23. Paleo Orange Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

 

 

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