Try these dishes that are perfect for your family’s feast.
Nov 13, 2023
Thanksgiving is the time to spend with family and friends, to give thanks for all that you have, and to share a delicious feast. While that usually means a turkey main course, with vegetarians and vegans making due with side dishes or tofurky; this year try something new. Here are five recipes for delectable vegan main dishes that even a meat eater will love.
Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Loaf
This easy lentil loaf recipe from The Spruce Eats is a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving main course for vegans, vegetarians and people who cannot eat gluten. All you need are lentils, rice, onions, vegetable broth, seasoning, and barbeque sauce or ketchup. Lentils are an excellent plant-based source of protein and fiber. And a little bit of lentils goes a long way. This recipe calls for brown lentils because orange lentils are too soft to hold the loaf together.
Impress your family and friends this Thanksgiving with this mushroom and sweet potato wellington from BBC Good Food. This easy recipe uses a bounty of fresh herbs, spices, mushrooms, onions, cranberries, plant-based milk, and dairy-free puff pastry. Preparation time is 45 minutes and cooking time is one hour and 15 minutes.
Mock Shepherd’s Pie
This cozy winter dish is perfect for your holiday feast. This recipe from Rainbow Plant Life, a vegan cooking website, is packed with bold rich flavor and nutrition. The filling is made from umami-packed lentils and onions, covered with potato-cauliflower topping. It tastes so authentic that it is a hit with vegans, veggies, and omnivores.
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Nothing says fall more than pumpkins. That’s why this super simple creamy pumpkin pasta recipe from the blog Strength & Sunshine is spot-on for your Thanksgiving table. This one-pot dish calls for one box of vegan gluten-free pasta, one can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix), sliced black olives, chives, and parsley. If you are ambitious you can cook a fresh pumpkin instead of using canned.
Faux Chicken Pot Pie
This homemade hearty and filling pot pie from The Spruce Eats is sure to be a hit on your Thanksgiving table. It’s made with puff pastry, vegan chicken, onions, carrots, green peas, as well as savory fresh herbs including thyme and sage. Prep time is 20 minutes and cooking time is 35 minutes so the dish is ready in less than an hour. This healthy main dish is cholesterol free so you can indulge in dessert.
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