What do you do if you’re vegan or having vegan friends and family over for Thanksgiving? It’s easy to have a wonderful vegan-friendly Thanksgiving these days. There are so many options for plant-based meat alternatives that can take the place of the turkey or ham for your Thanksgiving feast. Plant-based food companies like Field Roast, Tofurky, and Gardein, offer delicious vegan roasts.
Of course, there are also so many fabulous vegan dishes and sides that can make for a bountiful, nutritious, delicious, savory Thanksgiving meal. Try a Stuffed Acorn Squash with Marinated Tempeh Cutlets.
Many traditional side dishes are either vegan already or can be made vegan with some easy tweaks.
Appetizers and desserts are not to be missed either. You can serve a plant-based cheese plate, complete with crackers, crudités, sliced fresh fruit and nuts, veggies/pita and hummus. There are many plant-based cheeses available. Some favorite brands include Miyoko’s Kitchen, Kite Hill, Follow Your Heart, Treeline, Field Roast’s Caio cheeses, to name just a few. There are many vegan cheese recipes as well. For desserts, Whole Foods makes an awesome vegan apple pie. Dairy free whips and vegan ice creams are available to top your cakes and pies too.
It’s great that there are so many options these days. Thanksgiving vegan meats, mains and sides aren’t just for vegans any more. We’ve come a long way. 100% of non-vegans can enjoy eating vegan at Thanksgiving, and any time of year.
Why Vegan Thanksgiving
Here’s the best reason to have a vegan thanksgiving. I absolutely love this video created and narrated by Michelle Chen with storyboarding and illustrations by Sooyeon Jang. This Draw My Life Turkey video tells the story of the life of a turkey raised for meat in the animal factory farming system. Because there is no graphic footage, it’s watchable and sharable. I encourage both, especially if you want to spread the message of living a compassionate vegan lifestyle.
The video closes with the alternative path we can go down. Leaving animals off our plates. You’ll see clips of live turkeys living peacefully at a farm sanctuary. Hopefully, more and more, this will be reality.
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