Vegan dishes at Thanksgiving

Holiday Cooking: Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving

The holidays can be tough, especially for a new vegan or someone trying to change their eating habits. I can remember my first holidays as a vegan. I think both my family and I were defeated with trying to figure out how I can still feel comfortable and have something to eat, while everyone else was enjoying their ham, turkey, and all the sides that were still made with meat and milk. The first year, I ended up just making my go to sweet and sour eggplant as my main dish and picked over the sides I could actually eat from the main meal.

Now that my family and I are more comfortable with my vegan lifestyle, I actually bring some of my favorite dishes to the holiday meal, so that I can have a full meal the way I like it and if any of my non-vegan family members want to try something they can, there’s enough for that too! You can see that from the photo above, all the vegan items are on one side of the table but still in the rotation for everyone to try.

Below you’ll find recipes for my vegan mac n’ cheese, collard greens, and roasted veggies. As well as  “meat” substitute options for a 3 bean sausage wrap and king oyster mushroom pulled pork.

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Chickpea Salad Stuffed Pita

I was never much of a fish or seafood fan growing up (expect crabs), but this play on tuna salad is one of my go to lunch dishes. Quick, easy, and convenient — My favorite combo.

This doesn’t have a fishy taste, but it does mimic the texture of tuna fish and has a great combination of flavors with the mustard, mayo, garlic, onion, and pickles.

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Easy Summer Salad

Fall is already here and the weather is beginning to cool, but I don’t want to begin putting on layers before I share this summer salad. This is great as a starter, side salad or a light meal. And it’s super simple to make.

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Smoked Paprika Hash Browns

Smoked paprika hash browns

I’m starting to cook through a great vegan book called “Vegan Vitality – Your Complete Guide to an Active, Healthy, Plant-Based Lifestyle” by Karina Inkster. This is the first recipe I tried from the book. It was quick, simply, and delicious.

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Cajun Creole Spiced Tempeh Piece with Creamy Grits

Cajun-Creole-Spiced Tempeh Pieces with Creamy Grits

Cajun Creole Spiced Tempeh Piece with Creamy GritsHere is my next installment in the Vegan Soul Kitchen series. Author Bryant Terry offers his vegan rendition of a classic shrimp and grits. I was never a big fan of tempeh but I really enjoyed it in this recipe. And if you like spicy cajun food, this is definitely a great dish to try. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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Tofu Popcorn Chicken Bites

tofu popcorn chicken RSThis is one of the first vegan dishes I tried and my first attempt at using tofu and I love it!  This recipe is very versatile. You can use the tofu as crumbles and place in a salad, lettuce wrap, or sandwich. You can make “chicken” strips or nuggets. You can also fry it up in a pan to make it a bit more crispy.

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