AuthorTeam Nafsika
RatingDifficultyBeginner

Since the central dish of a Thanksgiving meal is usually a big ol’ turkey, some hosts may feel it is challenging for those who stick to vegan and plant-based foods to enjoy the feast along with everyone else.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time30 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs
The Classic Tofurky
1

We can’t talk about a vegan Thanksgiving dinner without giving a shout out to the mother of all Turkey Day alternatives, the sweet, sweet tofurkey. Yes, there are many tofurkey products on the market at this point, but this is the one I personally swear by.

Homemade Tofu Turkey
2

https://youtu.be/V4D7UfSuy64 If you’re not into the boxed stuff, you can always try your hand at making your very own tofu turkey. There are lots of delicious recipes out there for this, but this rather lovely tofurkey roast is super simple and pre-baked in the oven, then browned for about 30 minutes just before it’s ready to serve. Stuff that stuffing right in the middle, and you’re golden.

Seitan Turkey with Crispy Skin
3

https://youtu.be/gexZJ9BVrak GuysIt’s hard to argue with the fact that the whole point of eating turkey in the first place is the salty, savory skin on top. That’s where all the flavor is! This recipe calls for a nut-based stuffing and some cranberry sauce for the middle of the seitan loaf, and creates turkey skin from tofu skins. This is pure mouth-water status, and maybe the most creative vegan alternative I’ve ever seen.

A Special Lentil Loaf
4

https://youtu.be/cBYvMapgXSI Of course, there’s no harm in going totally left-field and ditching a turkey altogether so you can experiment with a different, but equally delicious vegan main dish instead. This bad boy includes lentils, flaxseed, plenty of delicious herbs and spices, and ground oats, with a sweet glaze to boot. Add veggies like sautéed onions, carrots, or peppers and you have yourself a bangin’ feast to serve.

Vegan Thanks Giving Pot Pie
5

https://youtu.be/-SNEly05Nmg Sweet potato, mushrooms, onions, and lentils — yes, please. Oh, and don’t forget about those sweet, sweet cranberries, because what’s Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce? Yes, this is technically a vegan pot pie, but you can cut it up into pieces just like you would with a traditional turkey, and honestly, I’m not even sure your guests will be able to tell the difference

Another Store-Bought Alternative
6

https://youtu.be/PoXugIJJ-W8 Yes, as you can see, that looks just like a turkey, shape and all, but it’s… not actually a turkey. It’s the ever popular Vegetarian Plus whole roasted turkey, made from soybean protein and a variety of other ingredients. The video above shows step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it, even if you low-key have no idea what you’re doing as you dive into the cooking. Happy experimenting (and Thanksgiving)!

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The Classic Tofurky
1

We can’t talk about a vegan Thanksgiving dinner without giving a shout out to the mother of all Turkey Day alternatives, the sweet, sweet tofurkey. Yes, there are many tofurkey products on the market at this point, but this is the one I personally swear by.

Homemade Tofu Turkey
2

https://youtu.be/V4D7UfSuy64 If you’re not into the boxed stuff, you can always try your hand at making your very own tofu turkey. There are lots of delicious recipes out there for this, but this rather lovely tofurkey roast is super simple and pre-baked in the oven, then browned for about 30 minutes just before it’s ready to serve. Stuff that stuffing right in the middle, and you’re golden.

Seitan Turkey with Crispy Skin
3

https://youtu.be/gexZJ9BVrak GuysIt’s hard to argue with the fact that the whole point of eating turkey in the first place is the salty, savory skin on top. That’s where all the flavor is! This recipe calls for a nut-based stuffing and some cranberry sauce for the middle of the seitan loaf, and creates turkey skin from tofu skins. This is pure mouth-water status, and maybe the most creative vegan alternative I’ve ever seen.

A Special Lentil Loaf
4

https://youtu.be/cBYvMapgXSI Of course, there’s no harm in going totally left-field and ditching a turkey altogether so you can experiment with a different, but equally delicious vegan main dish instead. This bad boy includes lentils, flaxseed, plenty of delicious herbs and spices, and ground oats, with a sweet glaze to boot. Add veggies like sautéed onions, carrots, or peppers and you have yourself a bangin’ feast to serve.

Vegan Thanks Giving Pot Pie
5

https://youtu.be/-SNEly05Nmg Sweet potato, mushrooms, onions, and lentils — yes, please. Oh, and don’t forget about those sweet, sweet cranberries, because what’s Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce? Yes, this is technically a vegan pot pie, but you can cut it up into pieces just like you would with a traditional turkey, and honestly, I’m not even sure your guests will be able to tell the difference

Another Store-Bought Alternative
6

https://youtu.be/PoXugIJJ-W8 Yes, as you can see, that looks just like a turkey, shape and all, but it’s… not actually a turkey. It’s the ever popular Vegetarian Plus whole roasted turkey, made from soybean protein and a variety of other ingredients. The video above shows step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it, even if you low-key have no idea what you’re doing as you dive into the cooking. Happy experimenting (and Thanksgiving)!

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