Thanksgiving, the holiday meant to bring everyone together over a meal, is one that often ends up creating more friction than family fun when the subject of politics or food choices comes up. The only thing more polarizing than the current scene in Washington or who you support for 2020 is announcing to your host that you’re vegan.

We have the solution for anyone with particular dietary restrictions who can’t tuck into your aunt’s stuffing (made with chicken broth and eggs), your parents' roast turkey or Grandma’s apple pie (butter overload!). Eating plant-based or vegan during the holidays can make you feel like you’re missing out on some of the sweetest moments—and not in the mood for celebration.

But that's where we come in. In order to prevent you from becoming the sad vegan sitting over a plate of green beans and crescent rolls—Pillsbury's finest are, in fact, vegan—and skipping the storebought cranberry sauce (which usually contains gelatin), read this! We enlisted vegan chef JD Raymundo of The Little Almond to help you show up to Thanksgiving Dinner with delicious plant-based food that appeals to non-vegans and vegans alike.JD Raymundo aka The Little Almond

If you’re expecting a cartoonish slippery tofu “turkey,” get ready to be delighted. These recipes will allow you to impress your fellow guests with a sprawling feast of a vegan Wellington, pumpkin cornbread, mashed potatoes, gravy and Hasselback butternut squash.

If that wasn’t enough, treat your fam to an appetizer with the cashew-crusted herb & garlic cheeseball and an apple cider mimosa. Top it off with a baked apple dessert. All vegan, and all amazingly delicious. Because after all, holiday traditions are also about creating new traditions. These recipes let you combine the best of both!

Post publishing editors' note: The New York Times just ran a story on Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and we want to link to them so you have all the great ideas to choose from in one place!

Main - Vegan Wellington


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Sides - Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients - Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients - Mushroom Gravy

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Sides - Pumpkin Cornbread

*This recipe makes 9 squares. If you need more, you can double up on the ingredients.


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Sides - Hasselback Butternut Squash with Maple Glaze


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Dessert - Baked Apples

* This makes four servings; if you need more, you can double or triple the ingredients as needed.


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Hors D'oeuvres - Cashew-Crusted Herb & Garlic Cheeseball


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Cocktail - Apple Cider Mimosa


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