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Top Five Ways to Veganize Thanksgiving Dinner

Many of us are thankful for animals every day and choose not to include them on our plates each day of the year. Around the holidays, however, we are given the extra opportunity to let our compassion shine through via tasty vegan recipes that inspire our loved ones to extend their circle of compassion too.

One of the nicest (and sneakiest) ways that you can show others how fantastic vegan food is, is to offer to prepare the Thanksgiving meal—or at least some of it. The following are the top five recipe cheats that help to veganize many a traditional holiday dish:

1) Vegetable broth. If your family tends to use chicken stock for everything, vegetable broth is a simple substitution that costs about the same and comes in boxes or cubes and can act just like chicken broth.

2) Vegan margarine is the perfect substitute for cholesterol-laden butter. Just use it exactly the same as you would butter in all your cooking.

3) Plain soy milk. For recipes that call for milk, you can just use the exact same amount of soy milk to replace the milk.

4) Silken tofu. You might not expect your Uncle Bill to enjoy tofu, but hidden inside a pumpkin pie, it just might not seem so scary after all.

5) Just make a vegan green bean casserole. This isn’t an ingredient per se, but it is a secret weapon that helps to ensure a magical Thanksgiving dining experience for all. Woo them with this veganized recipe for the classic holiday dish.

For even more ideas on creating your compassionate holiday feast, check out these recipes and also this list of items of more instant versions (like premade gravy) at your local grocery store. Don’t forget to include a yummy faux turkey to complete your masterpiece!

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  • Kim says:

    I wish I would have found this during Thanksgiving it look wonderful. I used to love traditional green bean casserole so I am excited to try this. It is a great side to almost any dish.

    I know my family will be exited to try it.

    Thanks for posting it

  • litatoopookie says:

    My husband, daughter and I who have been vegan for over a year, “snuck” in some vegan dishes for Thanksgiving this year, and not one person could tell the difference!

    In fact, our dishes got rave reviews from all who ate them!

  • squeak says:

    I had a vegan Thanksgiving this year for my mom and girlfriend. The green bean casserole from this site is ALWAYS a winner.

  • Kouba says:

    I liked it. So much useful material. I read with great interest.

  • mark says:

    Please excuse the off topic question – I’m trying to eat less meat. On this site I saw the mention of Faux-Chicken, all I was familiar with was Boca burgers. Can someone please tell me where in Phoenix I can buy Faux-Chicken? First I heard of it and I’ve never seen it in stores. I eat a lot of chicken and would like to try a humane substitute.

  • Jenn Norris says:

    I always cook – but just swtiched 2 years ago to vegan thanksgiving. We make sweet potatoes in oranges, mashed potatoes with soy margarine, garlic and soy milk, tofurkey and a roast, green bean casserole and a french silk pie – ALL VEGAN. I love thinking of what we normally like and then just “veganizing” it like you say.

  • Stacy says:

    My mom is making veggie dishes that are animal product- free for thanksgiving even for the ” meat eaters” – I won’t eat meat, although it will be a little more animal friendly holiday. I am even buying my little sister “Vegan makeup” as part of her Christmas gift, which I use all the time. I only support products that don’t harm animals. I’ll be having a Vegan holiday.

  • BlessedMama says:

    Hi, there! I’ve been to your blog several times but never commented. Great site! We do a vegan Thanksgiving every year and invite the family, but so far no takers. They hunker down over their turkey. But, you never know, so I never give up.

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