28 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Fall is flying by and Thanksgiving is next Thursday! The holiday season used to be a touchy time of year for me.  Back when I was struggling with an eating disorder, holidays weren’t seen as a joyous celebration of friends, food, and family. Instead, the food aspect of the season took over and caused me great anxiety and guilt. These worrisome feelings prevented me from truly enjoying everything about the season.

Most people don’t have an eating disorder that prevents them from enjoying Thanksgiving, but many struggle with body image issues and to have a holiday that revolves around feasting on plethora of food, these issues can arise. It isn’t hard to understand why one may feel this way due to a menu of excessive sugars, saturated and trans fats, and simple carbs. A typical American Thanksgiving does not provide much nutritional value, as many feel the guilt and remorse after stuffing themselves of empty calories. I used to feel this way. In fact, I either felt guilty about having a slice of pie or sweet potato casserole, or I prevented myself from enjoying the fall food, torturing myself in the process. Either way, the holiday revolved negatively around food.

Thanks to my lifestyle change of clean eating though, I have been able to shift my focus back to the important matters of Thanksgiving: appreciation, thanks, warmth, friends, family, love….I am rather excited this year as well, since I will be doing the cooking. It is going to be a clean-eating, plant-based holiday, full of healthy, good for you food. No more feelings of guilt, remorse, punishment, anxiety, etc. Knowing that the food prepared will be delicious and nutritious, I am fully anticipating this holiday and the wonderful food that entails.

I’ve gathered a collection of recipes for Thanksgiving that you can use in your own clean-eating, vegan meals. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (including the spared turkey).

VEGAN THANKSGIVING MEALS (Clean Eating, Refined Sugar, Gluten Free Options)

Soups

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this simple and healthy soup!
Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Quinoa Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

Salads

Superfood salad with black rice, butternut squash, sweet potato, cranberries, goji berries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Super Food Salad

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Chickpeas, and Tahini Dressing

Black Rice, Beet & Kale Salad with Cider Flax Dressing

Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Super Food Salad with Black Rice, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Cranberries, Goji Berries, Sunflower, and Pumpkin Seeds

Winter Pumpkin Millet Salad

Sides

Pear and Squash Puree with Pecans and Rosemary

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas, Kale, and Pearl Couscous

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale and Cabbage

Pear and Squash Puree with Pecans and Rosemary

Honey and Thyme Roasted Pumpkin

Mushroom Fennel Quinoa Stuffing

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Garlic

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Main

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples
Butternut Squash Brussels Sprout Stuffing

Vegan Lentil Shepard’s Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash

Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts and Bread Stuffing with Apples

Desserts

Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Blondies with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Tofu Pumpkin Pie

No Bake Apple Cobbler

Pecan Pie

Chai Protein Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin Tarts

 

 

 

 

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