Sticky Notes - Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes
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Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes

November 16, 2022 by Emily Moore

Oh my gourd, it's almost Thanksgiving! 

  • Can I tell you a vegan joke? I promise it won’t be cheesy.

Quick Refresher: Vegetarian diets exclude animal meat (beef, pork, poultry, and, for some, fish, and seafood as well). Vegan diets exclude everything that’s derived from animals – meat, eggs, dairy, and – depending on who you ask – honey. 

Due to a variety of factors, the popularity of plant-based diets is on the rise. A Kansas State University survey that tracks U.S. consumer preferences, views, and demand for meat recently estimated that roughly 10% of Americans over the age of 18 follow a vegetarian or vegan diet

If you’re welcoming vegetarians and/or vegans to your table this Thanksgiving and wondering what to serve, we’ve gathered up some recipes that will likely be a hit with everyone!

Vegetarian and/or Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas:
Classic Cranberry Sauce (Vegan & Vegetarian)

Traditional Classic Cranberry Sauceis inherently vegan. It’s effortlessly easy to make, so kids often can prepare it with minimal supervision, and – bonus – you can make it days in advance. Eat, drink, and cranberry!

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes (Vegan & Vegetarian)

This twist-on-a-classic dish is so delicious that I’m bringing it to Thanksgiving even though we won’t be dining with vegetarians or vegans this year! To amp up the flavor, I recommend topping these Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with more fresh rosemary or thyme just before serving.

Challah, Mushroom & Celery Stuffing (Vegetarian, not Vegan)

Due to the butter and the challah, this Challah, Mushroom & Celery Stuffing recipe is not meant for vegans. But it’s a crowd-pleaser among vegetarians and one of my family’s favorites due to its eggy richness. I recommend adding lots of fresh parsley at the end!

Mashed Sweet Potato Truffles (Vegan & Vegetarian)

These Mashed Sweet Potato Truffles truffles contain remarkably few ingredients and are easy and fun for kids to make! They’ll also enjoy choosing their favorite truffle toppings - sprinkles, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or whatever their imaginative minds can dream up!

Would you like the kids to take over some of the holiday cooking, or do you just want to give them something fun to do over winter break? Then have them join our Winter Break Holiday Sweets Baking Camp! December 26 through the 29th.

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