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No Turkey, No Problem!

More than 45 million turkeys are killed each and every year, just so people can have a turkey meat filled holiday. Even if you go free-range or organic, turkeys still suffer and still end up on the table. That’s too bad because turkeys are smart, family-minded creatures. Now if you’re going vegan or are vegan, you may still feel like you need to serve something turkey-oriented to family and friends, and that’s fine, as there are some perfectly delicious cruelty-free options out there. Here are several:

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Yummy Vegan Starters and Appetizers

To cut down on family, friends and especially kids, lingering in the kitchen while you’re trying to cook, you’re going to need to place some tasty appetizers out around the house. Here are some great vegan ideas for before-the-big-meal snacks.

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Better than Good Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Thanksgiving is NOT Thanksgiving without heart attack inducing mashed potatoes in my opinion. I always make vegan cheesy garlic mashed potatoes and they’re far from healthy, so I only make them on holidays unless I’m feeling suicidal (hello artery clogs). To make my potatoes – which are super awesome, do the following:

  • Wash and peel (sometimes I don’t peel) a bunch of russet potatoes.
  • Cut your potatoes into chunks, place in a pot covered with water and boil away until soft.
  • Drain your cooked potatoes and place them back on the burner in the pot. Keep your heat on medium-low which will help melt your add-ins into the potatoes.
  • To your pot of potatoes, add LOTS of vegan butter, like Earth Balance, add some roasted garlic cloves or a good amount of garlic salt (roasted garlic is better), soy or almond milk, and cubed Dayia “cheddar”. NOTE: DO NOT use another vegan cheddar – the Dayia wedges (NOT shreds) are the best. You’ll notice I don’t add salt – these don’t need it.
  • Now grab your hand mixer and whip those potatoes into a frenzy. The hand mixer is what makes the potatoes crazy creamy and smooth.
  • If you need more milk or butter to reach the right consistency, go nuts.

No one has ever in the history of me making these potatoes, guessed that these potatoes are vegan and they get rave reviews. If you want another recipe, luckily there are plenty of other amazing vegan mashed potato recipes out there. Check out the ideas below.

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Healthy Vegan Sweet Potatoes

Even more important than mashed potatoes are sweet potatoes, or if you like, yams. Sweet potatoes are so healthy and delicious that we eat them year-round at my house, but we normally eat them baked. On Thanksgiving we take the time to dress them up with vegan marshmallows and vegan butter. If you’re looking for vegan marshmallows check out Dandies, Sweet & Sara, or, if you’re brave, try making some homemade vegan marshmallows. Below are just some of the ways you could serve sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving.

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Vegan Stuffing

I like stuffing, but am more of a potato/sweet potato kind of girl. Still, the right stuffing is perfect as a side accompaniment to your potatoes and mock turkey, so I usually make some. I’m lazy and tend to do pre-made stuffing. Whole Foods has a decent vegan stuffing mix, but if you’re more of a stuffing chef, there are plenty of recipes you can try.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Vegan Thanksgiving side dishes tend to be hyper healthy, packed with veggies and delicious too. Check out these wonderful side dish options below.

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Vegan Rolls & Bread

I usually make some sort of rolls for Thanksgiving, then get too full to even eat them. My friends and family like having some sort of Thanksgiving bread though, so each year I continue to make them, Below are some ideas – just don’t stuff yourself with sweet potatoes (um, like me) and you’ll be able to try them.

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You Gotta Have Vegan Pumpkin Pie

No matter if you make homemade organic pumpkin puree or buy organic puree in a can, it’s easy to pull off vegan pumpkin pie. However, here’s my little Thanksgiving pie disclaimer – I’ve tried many a vegan pumpkin pie and some are absolutely WAY better than others. It took me a while to settle on and adapt a favorite pumpkin pie recipe which is currently, tofu-free vegan pumpkin pie. I highly suggest you make a few small test batches of vegan pumpkin pie mix, bake up some mini pies then do a taste test. You want to serve the best, not worst pie on Thanksgiving to impress your friends. Below are some recipe ideas…

Looking for vegan whipped cream?

Not a pumpkin pie person? Try these tasty vegan autumn deserts below instead of pie…

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