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 vegan Thanksgiving meal yourself—or at least some of it. The following are our top 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 butter, 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.
4) Try dairy-free milk.
5) Experiment with egg replacers.
There are so many vegan egg 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.
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 vegan meat option or other main dish to complete your masterpiece.
Download PETA’s free ThanksVegan Holiday Guide for more delicious holiday recipes, tips, and advice for answering difficult questions at the dinner table!