Create a ‘ThanksVegan’ Menu to Remember With These Recipes

Published by Rebecca Maness.

Holiday traditions are comforting, but sometimes we have to get creative and find new ways of doing things. This is nothing new to vegans, who excel at modifying their families’ traditions and cherished recipes and creating even better versions that don’t harm animals. Most supermarkets, including Safeway and Meijer, now stock a variety of animal-free options—from dairy-free butter to vegan chicken—so swapping ingredients is a snap. And if spending less time shopping and more time relaxing sounds good to you, PETA Business Friend Fake Meats’ one-stop shop can help. This online grocer sells vegan items such as your favorite meaty roasts and all the other essentials you might need to make your celebrations shine.

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Sometimes, our favorite foods are already vegan. We call these gems “accidentally vegan.” But there’s also a vegan version of nearly everything! Just be sure to check food labels for sneaky ingredients like honey. Here are some of our favorite easy-to-find holiday products:

Vegan Turkey and Ham

Also known as “roasts,” vegan turkey and ham options are available at most major grocery store chains across the country, including these stores: Key Food, Gelson’s Markets, Associated Supermarket Group, MOM’s Organic Market, Vallarta Supermarkets, and Price Chopper—as well as Boycemode, MamaSezz, and Veestro among meal-delivery services. Other major grocery store chains that offer vegan roasts include Whole FoodsPublixTarget, and Kroger. They’re also available from online retailers such as Vegan Essentials.

Vegan Stuffing

Many premade stuffing mixes are “accidentally vegan”—including Pepperidge Farm’s Herb Seasoned Cubed Stuffing. Just check the ingredients and use vegetable broth and vegan butter.

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan eggnog is available from several brands and comes in original and fun flavored varieties, such as pumpkin and peppermint.

Premade Desserts

Daiya makes frozen vegan cheesecakes that come in a variety of flavors. Claim Jumper, Marie Callender’s, and Costco all make “accidentally vegan” pies in flavors like apple, cherry, peach, and raspberry. Serve them all with vegan whipped cream!

Vegan Baking Essentials

Vegan versions of baking essentials like butter, eggs, and chocolate chips are all readily available at most grocery stores.

These hearty, warming dishes will help bring compassion and comfort to your table:

Traditionally Inspired

vegan garlicky mashed potatoes

Southern Style

vegan mixed greens and bacon

Native American Inspired

Latin Inspired

German Inspired

Indian Inspired

Asian Inspired


These simple tips for vegan cooking will help you veganize any dish:

Going vegan is the best choice that you can make for animals, the environment, and your own health. For more holiday cooking inspiration, check out our downloadable ThanksVegan Holiday Guide or order your own free print copy below:

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