With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time we talked about how your holiday can be cruelty-free and all-inclusive. But let’s not just stop there, let’s make it delicious too. There’s nothing like a good Southern-style Thanksgiving meal. Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up on all that deliciousness! Let’s talk about Southern-style Vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
Many of these recipes rely on dairy alternatives to create those traditional flavors. Whilst I normally eat a simpler vegan diet that doesn’t include meat or dairy look-alikes, for a holiday meal, I give it a special pass.
Ahhh, cornbread dressing. No Southern holiday meal in complete without it. While most recipes include giblets (or oysters in my family), this recipe uses mushrooms for that meaty texture and flavor. No one will know they’re eating vegan!
Special shout out to Susan at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, if you haven’t visited her site before, you should. It’s chock a block full of delicious vegan recipes. So good, in fact, that I had to include another one of her recipes right here:
One of the things I miss the most about holiday dinners in my adopted home in the North is casserole. Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving at my house without a green bean casserole. This one uses vegetable broth and soy creamer for that creamy taste without dairy. This one is a real winner. Besides, who can resist fried onions?
Speaking of casseroles, let’s not forget the sweet potato casserole! This one skips the marshmallow topping, which, honestly, if you are over 6 years old is too sweet anyway. Coconut milk and maple syrup add to it’s richness. No vegan Thanksgiving is complete without sweet potatoes!
Here’s one recipe that needs no alteration. A family staple at our house for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was responsible for rinsing the cranberries, selecting out all the soft ones, and chopping the whole shebang with a hand held chopper. At our house we peel the orange slices and remove the pulpy parts from the membrane that holds each section together. We also add a little orange zest. This is delicious the first day, but even better if it sits overnight in the fridge. So get an early start on your vegan Thanksgiving menu by making this the night before.
No Southern-style vegan Thanksgiving feast is complete without dinner rolls! Their buttery texture and flavor mean they are something I thought I had to give up when I went vegan. With vegan butter substitutes, my fears were unfounded! Southern vegans rejoice!
I’m not saying you can’t make your beloved Tofurkey if you want to, but I’m just going to throw this out there. Look, if you’re not going to serve a real turkey, why try to serve a fake one. Why not try something completely different for your main dish? This vegan copycat of Amy’s Veggie Meat Loaf is a great meat substitute that’s not a weird pressed tofu dish.
Last, but not least, the sweets! You have to have pecan pie at Thanksgiving or there’s nothing to be thankful for! Ok, maybe it’s not so serious, but pecan pie is just about the best food on earth. This recipe includes a vegan crust and uses tofu instead of eggs to hold it together.
Armed with this list of delicious, vegan recipes you are ready to serve your friends and family a healthy, humane Southern-style vegan Thanksgiving feast. If you try any or all of these, I’d love to hear what you thought!
All photos from their prospective blogs.