If this is your first vegan or whole food plant based Thanksgiving you may need a few ideas to get started on menu planning.  I’ve got some great easy and healthy recipes for appetizers, sides, main dish, and even dessert.  Don’t forget the stuffing, dressing and pumpkin pie!  Your Thanksgiving dinner won’t be complete without a fall soup or casserole or veggie loaf. #veganthanksgiving #plantbasedThanksgiving #wfpb #wholefoodplantbased #healthyveganrecipes #Thanksgivingrecipes

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)

This Vegan Panera Bread Copycat Autumn Squash Soup Recipe is the best! It’s so easy, healthy, and delicious! It’s made with coconut milk, so it’s dairy free as well. This simple recipe is cooked on the stovetop and then uses an immersion blender to get it creamy. I used frozen butternut squash, carrots, onions, and canned pumpkin to save time. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, curry, nutmeg, and a little maple syrup this quick dinner is just a little sweet! #butternutsquashsoup #veganthanksgiving #pumpkinrecipes #fallrecipes #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #dairyfree

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

This easy 7 layer vegan bean dip recipe will be the best party appetizer for the 4th of July, Super Bowl Party, or potlucks. It’s healthy and super simple to make. Made with fat free refried beans, salsa, guacamole, black olives, green onions, vegan cheese, and a dairy free cashew sour cream mixed with taco seasoning. It’s a classic Mexican dish with a whole food plant based twist. #7layerbeandip #veganbeandip #wfpb #wholefoodplantbased #healthyveganrecipes #mexican #tacotuesday #superbowl #4thofJuly

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

This quinoa stuffed acorn squash recipe is vegan, WFPB, and vegetarian friendly. It’s a tasty, dairy free option for Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meals. This clean eating, fall favorite is loaded with healthy protein from chickpea and is easy to make baked in the oven. Dried cranbury gives it a sweet flavor. #stuffedacornsquash #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #forksoverknives #fallfavorites #veganthanksgivingrecipes #veganchristmasrecipes

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

This One Pot Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce & Noodles recipe is healthy and easy to make. Homemade from scratch, this tasty dinner is the BEST for kids and families. It’s dairy free, oil free, vegetarian friendly and is made with veggies like baby spinach & tomato and fall spices like sage and cinnamon. I even have a video showing how simple it is to DIY this fresh pumpkin alfredo that’s fun for Halloween or Thanksgiving. #fallrecipes #pumpkinrecipes #veganrecipes #onepot #wfpb #forksoverknives #dairyfree #oilfree #vegetarian

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

This quick and easy 3 bean vegan chili recipe is a great idea for a meatless monday! Lots of veggies & tomatoes make this a healthy gluten free choice. It can also be made in a crockpot, slow cooker, or instapot, but my version was just on the stove. Adding tofu is also an option. Repin and grab a free eat to live nutritarian grocery shopping list! #meatlessmonday #healthyveganrecipe #wfpb #wholefoodplantbased #nutritarian #eattolive #drfuhrman #slowcooker #intantpot #crockpot

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

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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 healthy vegan pumpkin spice muffins are made with whole wheat, no refined sugar, and no oil. Make them gluten free by using oat flour. The light sweetness comes from maple syrup and unsweetened applesauce, so they are very moist! This is a simple, 1 bowl recipe that only takes 30 minutes. Optional vegan chocolate chips can be added as well. Check out the video to see how easy it is! #pumpkinmuffins #fallrecipes #healthyveganrecipes #refinedsugarfree #oilfree #wfpb #veganthanksgivingrecipes #vegan #plantbased

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 easy vegan peanut butter cookies are flourless and gluten free because they are made with a secret ingredient - lentils. They are the perfect clean eating desserts with no sugar, no eggs, no oil & are healthy snacks for you and kids. Made with dates and you can even add chocolate chips. #peanutbutter #healthyveganrecipes #wfpb #eattolive #nutritarian #forksoverknives #healthyweightloss #vegan #wholefoodplantbased

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.