31 Must-Try Thanksgiving Recipes

November 23, 2019

Appetizers and Sides

By: Chris Petrellese 

Today we are excited to share the ultimate Thanksgiving recipe round up. Below you will find some of our favorite holiday recipes we’ve made throughout the years, everything from appetizers, sides, entrees, and desserts. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Appetizers & Sides

Brussels​ Sprouts Caesar Salad (Easy & Vegan)

Chances are you’ve had a caesar said before, but have you had a Brussels​ Sprouts Caesar Salad? It’s full of flavor, nutritious, and will make the perfect addition to any of your holiday meals.

over head of brussels sprouts caesar salad in large wooden bowl

Quick & Easy Vegan Gravy (Gluten-free Option)

Who knew making your own vegan gravy at home could be so simple? With minimal ingredients and just 10 minutes of your time, you’ll have a rich and savory gravy to top all of your favorite foods with this Thanksgiving.

vegan gravy in a white gravy boat with chives and mashed potatoes on the side

Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Baked Onions

Nothing says “the holidays” quite like a creamy green bean casserole. This essential Thanksgiving side dish is traditionally loaded with dairy, but we are bringing you a version that is not only delicious, but 100% dairy-free and vegan!

an overhead shot of a vegan green bean casserole with oven baked onions and vegan parmesan cheese

Vegan Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we are coming at you with this epic vegan buttermilk biscuit stuffing. That’s right, buttermilk biscuit stuffing. Easy to make, ready in under an hour, THE side dish that your family will be raving about over the holidays.

Closeup shot of a buttermilk biscuit thanjsgiving stuffing with vegetables and herbs by sweetsimplevegan

Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits (Flaky + Fluffy)

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, warm and flaky biscuit, especially when it’s made completely plant-based! Learn how to make the BEST tall, fluffy, and tender vegan buttermilk biscuits! They require only 8 simple ingredients and will be ready in about an hour! Plus, they’re great for the holidays! 

flaky and fluffy vegan buttermilk biscuits by sweet simple vegan

Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup – Easy & Vegan

An easy & healthy cream of mushroom soup that requires just a few simple ingredients and is out of this world good. This soup is going to be a winner for vegans and non-vegans alike!

A Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup - Easy & Vegan https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2018/01/healthy-cream-of-mushroom-soup/ #healthy #vegan #creamofmushroom #soup #oilfree #entree #soup #veganized #quick #glutenfree

Thanksgiving Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls (Vegan)

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, and most importantly, comfort foods! As you may well know, mashed potatoes are among my all-time favorite foods. To celebrate this year, I thought it would be fun to make these ultra-decadent stuffed mashed potato balls.

Easy Mushroom Gravy (Vegan + Oil-Free)

A vegan mushroom gravy that is packed with flavor and perfect for the holidays! It is easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and will be ready in about 20 minutes.

Mushroom Gravy Boat

Easy Cranberry Sauce (Ready in 10 Minutes)

You’ll never eat cranberry sauce out of a can again. This recipe is easy, requires just 5 ingredients and will be ready in 10 minutes!

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Easy

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash (Easy + 5-Ingredients)

An easy side dish that is perfect for the Fall season and Thanksgiving dinner! Maple Roasted Acorn Squash requires just 5 simple ingredients and is ready in under an hour.

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Thanksgiving

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup {oil-free}

An easy fuss-free recipe that makes for the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving this year.

Lentil & Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms / Healthy Holiday Appetizer (Oil-free)

Healthy, hearty and easy to make — these lentil and vegetable stuffed mushrooms are a MUST make appetizer for your next holiday party!

Easy Vegan Lentil & Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms {healthy + oil-free}https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/lentil-vegetable-stuffed-mushrooms/

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Oil-Free + Just 5-Ingredients)

The BEST vegan mashed potatoes made with a secret ingredient that brings them to the next level! These require just 5 simple ingredients total, are so easy to make and will be ready in about 30 minutes. They are perfect for the holidays, family dinners or even date nights at home.

Herbed Skillet Pull-Apart Bread w/ French Onion Dip

Get ready to roll up to your family gatherings and holiday parties in style this year! We’ve got you covered with this herbed skillet pull apart bread recipe that is sure to blow everyone’s minds.

Herbed Skillet Pull Apart Bread w/ French Onion Dip https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/pull-apart-bread-french-onion-dip/

Fall Vegetable Rice Pilaf (Easy + Gluten & Oil-Free)

An easy-to-make fall vegetable pilaf that requires just 8 ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes or less! Zucchini, carrots, rice, and fall herbs, it is packed with nutrition, flavor and a whole lot of comfort!

Fall Vegetable Pilaf Overhead Close Up

Entrees

Easy Veggie Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)

Who knew you could make a meatloaf out of vegetables? This easy to make Veggie Meatloaf requires simple ingredients and just about an hour of your time. It’s free from gluten and added oil, and makes the perfect holiday entree.

Breaded Thanksgiving Cauliflower Steaks (Oil-free)

Crispy cauliflower steaks that make the PERFECT vegan thanksgiving entree!

Vegetable Wellington w/ Lentils & Mushrooms

This Vegetable Wellington is loaded with lentils, mushrooms, walnuts and more! A flaky puff pastry crust wrapped around the perfect savory and satisfying vegetable mixture. It is the perfect holiday entree for vegans and nonvegans alike!

Cutting Vegan Wellington

Vegan Holiday Roast with Squash and Mushroom Filling

In need a vegan entree for the holidays? Look no further! You can make this flavor-packed holiday roast from scratch! A vegan turkey seitan roast loaded up with a mushroom and squash filling, you can’t go wrong with this one!

Homemade Vegan Holiday Seitan Roast

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Steaks (Easy + Gluten-Free)

Tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth good vegan portobello mushroom steaks. This is an easy and gluten-free entree that is perfect for holiday dinners or date nights at home. The recipe is simple and will be ready in less than an hour!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks Close Up Dinner

Desserts

Fluffy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

Light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet, these pumpkin cinnamon rolls are THE dessert to cozy up with this holiday season. We promise you are going to fall in love with these (pun intended).

Close up shot of vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a white dish with cream cheese icing drizzle by sweet simple vegan

Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Easy)

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a big ‘ol pumpkin pie, right? With that being said, we decided to veganize this classic recipe and man oh man, it’s incredible! This vegan pumpkin pie requires just 10 ingredients, 10 minutes to prepare and 1 hour to bake!

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (Gluten and Oil-Free)

A vegan twist on a fall classic, this apple crisp recipe is both delicious and simple to make. Nothing beats the smell of ooey-gooey baked apples smothered in cinnamon sugar…except for maybe the taste ????

A tray of baked vegan apple crisp with two serving bowls and vanilla ice cream

No Bake Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

This pumpkin chai cheesecake is an easy, vegan and gluten-free dessert that everyone, vegan or not, is going to LOVE. A creamy cashew and coconut filling that is perfectly spiced and poured over a nutty date crust. This cheesecake is full of flavor, easy to make and requires no baking!

Vegan Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake with Whipped Cream Close up

Vegan Pecan Tarts (8-Ingredients)

These vegan pecan tarts are to die for and are sure to impress your holiday guests! They require just 8 ingredients and are ready in less than an hour.

Pecan Tarts in a Stack

Date-Sweetened Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Oil, Gluten & Refined Sugar-Free}

To me, this is a main component of the holiday, and growing up it was honestly all that I looked forward to. Well, if you know me, then you know that I love to vegan-ize and health-ify my childhood favorites, so that is exactly what I did. I am here today to share with you one of my best recipes to date, a Date-Sweetened Pumpkin Pie that is oil, gluten AND refined sugar free…can I get a what what!

Easy Date-Sweetened Pumpkin Pie {oil, gluten & refined sugar free} sweetsimplevegan.com

Vegan Apple Pie with Coconut Oil Crust

A classic holiday dessert, made vegan! This recipe is perfect for fall, easy to make and damn delicious. Instead of vegan butter, the crust is made by using coconut oil, which results in a perfectly flaky pie crust to surround the sweet and juicy apple filling. Get ready to fall in love with this vegan dessert!

A classic holiday dessert, made vegan! This recipe is perfect for fall, easy to make and damn delicious. Instead of vegan butter, the crust is made by using coconut oil, which results in a perfectly flaky pie crust to surround the sweet and juicy apple filling. Get ready to fall in love with this vegan dessert! #fall #dessert #coconutoil #vegan #crust #applepie #easydessert #falldessert #musttry #veganpie #veganfall #side #party #holiday

Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

Sweet, soft, chewy and delicious. These pretzel bites are covered in pumpkin spiced sugar and served with a heavenly vegan cream cheese dipping sauce. Get ready for the perfect pumpkin treat for fall!

5-Ingredient Puffed Pastry Cinnamon Rolls {easy + vegan}

We promise you that these 5-ingredient puffed pastry cinnamon rolls will make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for you and your loved ones. Oozing with chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar, these flaky puff pastry rolls are topped with crushed hazelnuts and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. Talk about perfection!

The easiest vegan Valentine's Day dessert! These vegan Puffed Pastry Cinnamon Rolls require just 5 ingredients and are SO easy to make! #easy #vegan #dessert #valentinesday #5ingredient #recipe #veganrecipe #cinnamonroll #puffpastry #bestdessert

Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

A fun and flavorful recipe to help you use up Thanksgiving leftovers you may have this year. Mashed potatoes are transformed into potato cakes rolled in breadcrumbs made from stuffing and topped with vegan mushroom gravy. This is too good to be true!

Leftover Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cakes

Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Poutine

Want to make something fun with the food you have leftover from Thanksgiving? Make poutine! It is simple, delicious and a great way to change things up if you are bored of plain ol’ leftovers.

Vegan Thanksgiving Poutine Cranberry Sauce

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