Vegan Choices For The Best Thanksgiving Ever!

By on November 25, 2014
Vegan Thanksgiving

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with friends and family for a day of appreciating what we have. Most family traditions include big meals that take the majority of the morning to make, and afternoons spent enjoying each other. Ham and turkey are common main courses for families that consume meat products, but what about families who follow a vegan diet?

Tofurkey is a common staple that most people have heard of. It is a tofu and wheat gluten roast stuffed with a delicious wild rice stuffing and comes with mushroom gravy to top it off. Gardein has a savory stuffed roast turk’y that is also an amazing option that will have your meat loving friends asking for seconds. The meat of the dish is made of a mixture of soy, wheat, carrots, peas, and beets that produce the perfect texture for any Thanksgiving table.

Maybe having the Thanksgiving feast looking traditional is important, but having Turkey is out of the question. VegeUSA’s vegan whole turkey is the perfect compromise. This delightful birdlike entréeis comprised of wheat protein and soy and it feeds eight to ten people. As an added bonus, this dish can be stuffed with any favorite family filling to complete the traditional effect.

Gardein Holiday RoastFor something a bit less traditional, try stuffing butternut squash. The texture and the flavors of the squash mix perfectly with a filling such as a wild rice and onion stuffing. A cranberry and pear wild rice stuffing will add sweetness to the dish, or you can use a more traditional based mixture.Most traditional Thanksgiving dishes can have vegan varieties that taste just as good as the original. If Thanksgiving is being prepared with a vegan diet in mind, remember no animal byproducts can be used. This includes honey, butter, eggs, milk, cheese, and any other dairy products.

Preparing a vegan Thanksgiving menu does not have to cut flavors because it cuts out animal byproducts. There are plenty of side dishes that can be full of flavor to accompany your main course. A favorite side dish for vegans and non vegans alike are contemporary candied sweet potatoes. These delicious sweet potatoes can sweetened with orange juice and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with walnuts or pecans.

Traditional cranberry sauces are a perfect side dish option. Try adding in some orange juice and some orange zest to make a sauce that guests will devour. And when it comes time for dessert, as long as animal byproducts keep their distance, any type of sweet pie, cake, or crumble can be in the running. A gluten free, vegan praline pecan pumpkin pie will be loved by all and soon become a highly requested item for dessert following Thanksgiving dinner every year.

Thanksgiving is a time for families and loved ones to enjoy each other and remember what they are thankful for. Enjoying a delicious feast has become a part of that tradition, and a new vegan touch could really be a highlight this year. Make the most of the holiday and enjoy the time spent together with family and friends.

What’s on your menu this Thanksgiving Holiday?

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