Thanksgiving is around the corner and if you are new to a whole food plant based lifestyle, this may cause you a pang of anxiety. So I decided to do a roundup of my favorite recipes that are PERFECT for a Thanksgiving dinner. These whole food plant based Thanksgiving recipes are delicious & easy to make, so even your meat-eating relatives might not even notice!!!
Thanksgiving Plant-Based Appetizers
Of course you can start off with some appetizers like salad, olive tray, assorted nuts. If you need some no-oil salad dressings, check these out. (Use code HOLIDAY50%OFF to get it for half price)
But maybe you want to do something a little more for the “first course”. Here are a few options.
Autumn Squash Soup (Panera Bread Copycat)
You might want to start off with a nice warm & creamy soup, inspired by Panera Bread. This soup is also known as Butternut Squash Soup and NO ONE will know that it doesn’t have dairy in it. The creamy base is created with coconut milk – use the light version to keep the fat & calorie content down or use the full fat coconut milk for a creamier version. Either way is GREAT! Click here for the Vegan Autumn Squash Soup Recipe.
7 Layer Vegan Bean Dip
Perhaps you might want a non-traditional appetizer like a 7 layer bean dip. This whole food plant based appetizer uses a garlic cashew cream to make the “sour cream”. To make it 100% whole food plant based, leave off the vegan shredded cheese. Click here for the 7 Layer Vegan Bean Dip Recipe.
You’ll need WFPB tortilla chips to go along with the 7 layer bean dip and they are so quick & easy to make! Try these No-Oil Chili Lime Baked Tortilla Chips.
Healthy Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
Do you have nacho cheese lovers? Sometimes my family likes to do a non-traditional meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We’ve done build your own nachos before and this Nacho Cheese sauce is the BOMB. Click here for the Healthy Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce.
Thanksgiving Plant-Based Main Course Recipes
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
These adorable little squash are the perfect serving bowl you get to eat! This recipe is packed with protein & flavor. Don’t be afraid – these squash cook fast and are easy to handle. I tell you all about it in the recipe. Click here to try the Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash.
One Pot Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta
Here’s another one that no meat eater will complain about. Don’t tell them it’s vegan and they will NEVER know. I even had a reader tell me he just tried this recipe, shared it with his friends and liked it so much it was going to be the main course for Thanksgiving. I thought what a great idea! Click here for One Pot Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta.
Harvest Veggie Loaf
For something a little more hearty, then you might want to try this Harvest Veggie Loaf from Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures. They are one of my favorite whole food plant based bloggers and have lots of delicious recipes. Click here for their Harvest Veggie Loaf.
3 Bean Vegan Chili
A nice warm and hearty 3 bean chili is great for a whole food plant based Thanksgiving meal! You can use any beans you’ve got and vary the spices to your liking. Click here for 3 Bean Vegan Chili Recipe.
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Thanksgiving Plant-Based Desserts
No Thanksgiving is complete without dessert and just because you are whole food plant based doesn’t mean you have to miss out!
The GREAT Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Whole Food Plant Based Pumpkin Pie??? YES! Dreena Burton is another one of my favorite WFPB bloggers and I’m totally making this Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving this year. I don’t host, but will be bringing lots of WFPB goodies…. Click here for Dreena Burton’s Great Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins
These little puppies are only 100 calories each and completely whole food plant based and YUM! No guilt dessert? Yes, thanks! Click here for Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe.
Lentil Peanut Butter Cookies
These are my favorite dessert and my meat-eating friends love them too! They are always devoured when we have guests over. FYI my version is slightly different than Dr. Fuhrman’s version which this recipe is adapted from. I use more lentils so it is a bigger batch. Click here for the Best Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies.