Create a ‘ThanksVegan’ Menu to Remember With These Recipes

Published October 1, 2020 by Rebecca Maness.

Holiday traditions are comforting, but if there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that we sometimes have to get creative and find new ways of doing things. This is nothing new to vegans, who excel at modifying their families’ traditions and cherished recipes and creating even better versions that don’t harm animals. Most supermarkets, including Safeway and Sobeys, now stock a variety of animal-free options—from dairy-free butter to vegan chicken—so swapping ingredients is a snap.

Sometimes, our favorite foods are already vegan. We call these gems “accidentally vegan.” But there’s also a vegan version of nearly everything! Just be sure to check food labels for sneaky ingredients like honey. Here are some of our favorite easy-to-find holiday products:

Vegan Turkey and Ham

Also known as “roasts,” vegan turkey and ham options are available at most major grocery store chains across the country, including Whole Foods, Publix, Target, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s. Many are also available from online retailers such as Vegan Essentials.

Vegan Stuffing

Many premade stuffing mixes are “accidentally vegan”—including Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Organic Multigrain Stuffing Mix and Pepperidge Farm’s Herb Seasoned Cubed Stuffing. Just check the ingredients and use vegetable broth and vegan butter.

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan eggnog is available from several brands and comes in original and fun flavored varieties, such as pumpkin and peppermint.

Premade Desserts

Daiya makes frozen vegan cheesecakes that come in a variety of flavors. Claim Jumper, Marie Callender’s, and Costco all make “accidentally vegan” pies in flavors like apple, cherry, peach, and raspberry. Serve them all with vegan whipped cream!

Vegan Baking Essentials

Vegan versions of baking essentials like butter, eggs, and chocolate chips are all readily available at most grocery stores.

These hearty, warming dishes will help bring compassion and comfort to your table:

Traditionally Inspired

vegan garlicky mashed potatoes

vegan garlicky mashed potatoes

Southern Style

vegan mixed greens and bacon

vegan mixed greens and bacon

Native American Inspired

Latin Inspired

German Inspired

Indian Inspired

Asian Inspired


These simple tips for vegan cooking will help you veganize any dish:

For more holiday cooking inspiration, check out our guide to celebrating a vegan holiday.

Going vegan is the best choice that you can make for animals, the environment, and your own health. Our free Vegan Mentor Program can help you navigate the holidays as a vegan:

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