Vegetarian or Vegan Thanksgiving

A beautifully roasted turkey. Sausage-laden stuffing. Maybe some bacon in that potato dish, too. Though traditionally a meat-feast of epic proportions, there are those who aren’t planning on having the “meat sweats” or enjoy chowing down on animals at all. Thanksgiving can be loaded with pitfalls for vegetarians and vegans, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also have plenty of dishes to chow down on. Thinking of taking your Thanksgiving turkey-free? Apartment Guide has got you covered.

A Tasty Main Course

While many folks look forward to a golden brown turkey on their table, there are other main course dishes that can be just as delicious without it. For example, Epicurious has come up with the ultimate vegetarian roast, the “Vegducken.” Based on the idea of the “Turducken” (a chicken stuffed inside a duck and then stuffed inside a turkey), this roast is yummy enough to even please the carnivores at the table.

The Gravy

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need jars, stock or meat juices to make a tasty gravy. A vegetarian or vegan’s best friend, the humble mushroom, can give you that rich umami flavor without using animal products.

The Sides

Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you have to miss out on classic Thanksgiving sides. In fact, some of the best side dishes are already vegetarian or even vegan. From green bean casserole to perfectly creamy potatoes, you and your meat-free friends and family can feast appropriately.

Green Bean Casserole

Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potatoes

Stuffing / Dressing

The Dessert

Even though you’re stuffed, there’s always a way to fit in just a piece of pie. Sadly many pumpkin pies contain non-vegan ingredients — but there’s a recipe to the rescue! Better yet? You don’t even have to bake it.

Going veggie or catering for a vegetarian friend or loved one at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, it can be downright delicious. Have you ever prepped a vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving? Did we miss out on any dishes that should be hitting the table? Let us know below!



About The Author

Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.