I made the jump from vegetarianism to high-raw veganism a week before Thanksgiving in 2014. I had just moved back to the states from Thailand, and I hadn’t prepared my own food in a year and a half. That year (thanks to the internet) Thanksgiving was a good opportunity to experiment with raw vegan recipes.
These days, I prepare my own food much more frequently, but most of the time I prefer a quick and easy salad over an elaborate meal. I continue to use Thanksgiving as a chance to get creative in the kitchen.
I cooked most of my dishes and used recipes I found online this year, but I wanted to share my turkeyless Turkey Day meal.
So, what does a vegan eat for Thanksgiving?
- Kale, walnut, and cranberry salad with cranberry dressing – dressing recipe from Detoxinsta.comDetoxinsta.com
- Butternut squash, Brussels sprout, and bread stuffing with apples from food52.com (I made this without the bread)
- Vegan roasted-garlic mashed potatoes from foodnetwork.com
- Raw vegan apple pie from intuitivekb.com topped with maple pecan ice cream from Austin local Nada Moo! – I make this every year for Thanksgiving, and it’s one of my favorites!
Hopefully anyone that’s interested in a cruelty-free Thanksgiving can see that there are plenty of delicious vegan (and gluten free) options for every day of the year.