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Top 5 Ways to ‘Veganize’ Thanksgiving Dinner

Many of us are thankful for animals every day and choose not to put them on our plates. Around the holidays, we’re given an additional opportunity to let our compassion shine—through tasty vegan recipes that can inspire our loved ones to extend their circle of compassion, too.One of the nicest ways that you can show others how delicious vegan food can be is by preparing a cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal yourself—or at least some of it. The following are our top six recipe cheats that’ll help you easily “veganize” many traditional holiday dishes:

1) Use vegetable broth in your stuffing and gravy.

If your family tends to use chicken or beef stock for everything, vegetable broth is a simple substitution that costs about the same (or less!). Your family won’t even be able to tell the difference. It comes in aseptic boxes or bouillon cubes—or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own.

2) Swap butter for vegan margarine.

A vegan margarine or buttery spread, such as Earth Balance, is the perfect substitute for cholesterol-laden butter. Use it exactly the same way you’d use butter in all your recipes. (Not all margarines are vegan, so be sure to check the label.)

3) Top your dessert with vegan whipped cream.


Nothing puts grumpy Uncle Bill at ease like a delicious dessert and a cup of coffee at the end of the Thanksgiving meal. A pumpkin cheesecake topped with soy or rice whip should do the trick.

4) Try dairy-free milk.

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For recipes such as mashed potatoes or green-bean casserole that may call for cow’s milk, simply use the same amount of soy, almond, or other dairy-free milk instead.

5) Experiment with egg replacers.

There are so many vegan egg-replacement options available—including ground flaxseeds, tofu, applesauce, bananas, and aquafaba—you’ll never need to worry about skimping on delicious baked goods. For specific information about replacing eggs, refer to this page.

It’s easy to “veganize” any traditional dish your family already loves—just use this handy infographic:


For even more ideas on creating a compassionate holiday feast, check out these recipes and this list of time-saving products (such as premade vegan gravy, which you can find at your local grocery store). Don’t forget to include a yummy faux-meat option or other main dish 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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