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Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes from MFS

Still looking for that perfect dish for your vegan Thanksgiving celebration? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve assembled a list of our volunteers' favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

Starters and Sides

Butternut Squash Farinata from the Washington Post

“I think I have made this recipe every Thanksgiving since going vegan. I find it to be a nice alternative to the usual mashed sweet potato side. It's got lots of autumnal flavors packed in and it's dead simple to make. You can also dip it into your soup and/or gravy, not that I would know anything about that!”

— Tour Guide Assistant Charles

Michael’s Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing

“My vegan Thanksgiving stuffing is really tasty! I also use a copycat spice recipe along with it.”

— Barn Volunteer Michael

Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup from By Chloe

“This soup is amazing and easy! It’s got a lot of flavor and is loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. Be sure to include the croutons as it rounds out the dish. Enjoy!”

— Produce Pick-Up Volunteer Sue

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash from Skinnytaste

“The crunch of Brussel sprouts and the smoothness of butternut squash topped with cranberries and toasted pecan make this the perfect fall dish. It’s a hit with everyone who tastes it!”

— Event Assistant Debbi

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries from Whole Foods

"I've been using this recipe for several years now and my family absolutely loves it. There is something about the combination of roasted butternut squash and cranberries that is so perfect for Thanksgiving. I actually make a huge batch so I can eat it for several days after."

— Tour Guide Assistant Wendy

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls from Minimalist Baker

“This is our favorite holiday recipe. While there are some 'accidentally vegan' yeast rolls widely available at the market, these ones have way less ingredients and taste even better! I think the fact that we start eating them once a week as soon as the first day of fall hits speaks to their deliciousness.”

— Marketing Advisor Laura

Vegan Cornbread from Isa Chandra

“I’ve been making this vegan cornbread for years and all my veg and non-veg family members love it! It’s my go-to recipe for Thanksgiving and other get-togethers because it is very quick and easy to make. It also calls for maple syrup instead of sugar, which makes it nice and moist.”

— Communications Director Jen

Vegan Pigs in a Blanket (carrot dogs) from 86 Eats

“One of our family’s favorite appetizers for the holidays is pigs in a blanket. To veganize them, I roast baby carrots in the oven with some garlic powder salt and pepper. Then wrap in vegan crescent dough and bake until golden brown. I serve them with dipping sauces like just ranch, barbecue, mustard, or whatever you like. We call them ‘bunnies in a blanket.’ This is a similar recipe, but uses a fancy marinade for the carrots. I don’t think it’s necessary, but probably would be delicious!”

—Tour Guide Assistant Nikki

Main Courses

1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies from Minimalist Baker

“I love this recipe. I also add canned diced potatoes and vegan chik'n. And I use Pillsbury crescent rolls for the top. It's super easy and delicious!”

— Barn Volunteer Chrissy

1-Hour Shephard’s Pie from Minimalist Baker

“This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect comfort food dish for Thanksgiving. It's so simple to make (only 9 ingredients!) and you can make it your own by switching up the herbs or by adjusting the mashed potatoes to your liking with non-dairy milk and/or nutritional yeast.”

— Designer Laurie

Country “Meatloaf” with Golden Gravy from NYT Cooking

“I usually make this vegan meatloaf along with some stuffing and sweet potato casserole.”

— Barn Volunteer Everly

Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta Recipe from Sweet Love & Ginger

— Recommended in "A Tour Guide’s Guide to a Kinder Thanksgiving"

Jess’ Mexican Macaroni

“I was a vegetarian for 20 years before I went vegan and so this is totally a family favorite. It's very easily adapted for vegans!”

— Barn Volunteer and Tour Guide Jess

Stuffed Orange and Red Bell Peppers from Ageless Vegan

“This recipe comes from the new cookbook Ageless Vegan (page 186). It is absolutely phenomenal and I intend to make it part of my main dish. Happy Thanksgiving!”

— Barn Volunteer Amanda


Amazing Pumpkin Pie by Laura Barlow, Rhode Island Vegan Awareness

"Pumpkin pie is the best ending to a festive Thanksgiving dinner!"

— Barn Volunteer Megan

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from May I Have that Recipe?

— Recommended in "A Tour Guide’s Guide to a Kinder Thanksgiving"