23 Plant-Based Recipes to Bring to Thanksgiving

When I tell people I’m vegetarian, the #1 question I’ve always been asked is, “So what do you eat at Thanksgiving?” While a meat-free lifestyle has become more popular since second grade when the other kids called me “veggie girl” (true story), Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally the most plant-based-friendly holiday. Lucky for us health nuts, it’s actually easier than you think to eat your veggies (even on Turkey Day), whether you’re vegetarian/vegan or want to add more produce that will make you feel good and help prevent the dreaded post-Thanksgiving food-coma.

 

 

To prove it, here are 23 recipes for your Thanksgiving favorites, only they all sneak in some extra fruits or vegetables for more nutritious options. The best part? These recipes are so delicious, your friends at Friendsgiving or that picky uncle who only eats meat and dairy will never tell the difference (because healthy or not, Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be enjoyed). 

 

Appetizers

 

1. Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates 

 

2. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Sauce

 

3. Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip

 

4. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Garlic Vinaigrette 

 

5. Turkey Veggie Tray

 

6. Curried Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad

 

 

Main Dishes

 

7. Kale and Mushroom Stuffing

 

8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

9. Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

 

10. Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy

 

11. Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Mushroom Cashew Cream Sauce

 

12. Roasted Delicata Squash

 

13. Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas and Lentils

 

14. Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

 

 

Desserts

 

16. Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

 

17. Feel-Good Apple Muffins

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

18. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

 

19. Cinnamon Baked Pears

 

20. Raw Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

 

21. Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies

 

22. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Scones

 

23. Paleo Orange Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze