How to have a vegan Thanksgiving

Give thanks to turkeys and celebrate with a plant-based feast instead.

Scott Gardinier, Copy Editor

Holidays are a time for food, and no holiday takes that to heart more than Thanksgiving. With the rising interest in plant-based meals, it has never been easier and more delicious to plan a vegan Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re cooking at home or looking to eat out, there are plenty of options to choose from that will satisfy your craving for a good holiday meal. 

Cooking a vegan Thanksgiving dinner has never been easier. Nowadays, most grocery stores carry dairy-free and vegan alternatives that have made getting ingredients for plant-based homecooking more convenient than it was just a few years ago. 

Not feeling like dealing with dishes? There are also multi-course dinners prepared by various restaurants in San Diego, like Native Foods and Trilogy. Just be prepared to plan ahead of time as many of these places are by reservation only for the holiday. 

For those planning to cook at home, there are some great recipes available online that can work with what you have in your kitchen. Below are some vegan versions of popular Thanksgiving dishes that would be perfect to serve to your guests.

Cauliflower roast

Skip the turkey and go for a cauliflower roast. These are surprisingly filling, cook great in the oven and look great as a centerpiece for your feast.

Green bean casserole

Green bean casserole is another Thanksgiving staple that is easy to make completely plant-based.

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T-minus 4 days to Thanksgiving and I’m coming in with my last {but not least} contribution to #HolidaySideDishes week… VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE!?? Vegan or not, you really haven’t lived until you’ve had green bean casserole from scratch. No cans allowed around here??‍♀️ Frozen green beans are your best friend, and the creamy mushroom soup takes just minutes to make and it’s SO yum. I could eat it by itself with a spoon, it’s that good!? Linky to the recipe is in my bio ☝? And wish me luck because I’m FINALLY taking my PA board exam first thing tomorrow morning???Promise things will be a little more lively around here after that ?

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Mashed Potatoes

Potato dishes don’t have to be bland. With vegan butter available at the grocery store, you can still have that great taste and consistency. 


Of course, Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without a delicious stuffing.

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get stuffed with our #vegan stuffing done 3 ways! We can’t wait for our 2nd #thanksgiving with our #american friends ?? recipe at LINK IN PROFILE

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As for dessert, pumpkin pie is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal.