Vegans often get the short end of the Thanksgiving stick. Their hosts may forget that chicken stock and eggs aren’t vegan, and they’re almost always left without dessert, save some fruit.
This year, if we have our say, no vegan will be left behind! Follow a few simple swaps to create an amazing Thanksgiving that will please every one of your guests, no matter their eating style.
By the way…don’t feel like you need to make the entire menu vegan for a single guest. Most vegans will be happy to have a few options. For guests with dietary restrictions, it’s nice to make sure they have at least one salad and two side dish options. And if you’re still confused about serving a vegan at your thanksgiving, just ask. Most will be happy to answer any questions, and even point you in the right direction with recipes.
For more on hosting a vegan Thanksgiving, including easy vegan swaps for basic ingredients, check out our new Celebrate the Season Thanksgiving Brochure, available in the store.
Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas
Kick the festivities off right with a few options for your vegan friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or in the case of an easy-to-assemble vegan cheese plate…it can be!
* Vegan cheese plate: Bring together some Miyoko’s Creamery or Treeline tree nut cheeses, crackers from Simple Mills, a nice fig jam, a few grapes, and mixed organic nuts from our bulk department for a beautiful cheese plate. This is all about the presentation…look here for inspiration.
* Dips: We’ve got a whole selection of vegan spreads and dips: Ithaca Hummus, Bitchin’ Sauces, Hope Hummus, or any of the fresh dips from our Deli case. Or try this vegan spinach & kale dip, a gorgeous, green, cheesy, melty dip that’s a real crowd pleaser.
Many sides can be made vegan without missing a beat (and your guests won’t miss the eggs/dairy!). Check out our Celebrate the Seasons Brochure (available in store) for a nice selection, including a lovely green salad with apple cider vinaigrette and Chef John’s own Oven Roasted Southwestern Sweet Potatoes.
Now that the side dishes are covered, let’s make sure none of your vegan friends are left out when it comes to the entree. You can opt for alternative entrees like stuffed squash, stuffed mushrooms, and vegan loaves (check out our recipe for Mediterranean Stuffed Acorn Squash in our Celebrate the Season Thanksgiving Brochure, or this Vegan Mushroom Gravy Pie). Or try to get close to the real deal with this array of festive meat alternatives (available in our freezer section) that will make every vegan feel part of the holiday. Choose from:
- Tofurky Ham, Veggie Roast with Wild Rice Stuffing and Holiday Gravy
- Field Roast Celebration Roast
- Gardein Savory Stuffed Turkey
- Hilary’s Holiday Stuffing
- Quorn Turk’y Roast
This is one area where you can definitely please all your guests simultaneously…no one even needs to know the care you’ve taken to make your desserts vegan. One bite of any of these treats and they will be beyond satisfied.
If you the have time/desire to bake, any of these will not let you down:
- Vegan Mexican Chocolate Pie
- Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Vegan Apple Crumble Tart with Salted Caramel
- Cranberry-Apple Streusel Pie (see our Celebrate the Season Thanksgiving Brochure)
Or…if you want to grab something quick and sweet for your own or someone else’s Thanksgiving feast, we’ve got some amazing sweets:
- Hail Merry Tarts (located in the grab and go case by the Deli)
- Vegan ice cream from Van Leeuwen, So Delicious, Luna & Larry’s and more
- Special order: Rosie’s homemade Vegan Blackout Cake or Pumpkin Spice Pudding
Wishing you and all your friends and family an amazing Thanksgiving. With or without the turkey!