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10 plant-based recipes for the big Thanksgiving table

STACKER (WSYR-TV) — Serving up plant-based holiday meals with such a focus on turkey may seem like a stretch, but with the fall season’s prime produce and turkey shortages, it’s the perfect time to add more plants to the table .

Butternut squash, apples, pumpkins, cranberries—all of these antioxidant-rich plants are worthy alternatives to your usual meaty side dishes and entrees and deserve to be front and center on your table this year.

From savory entrees to side dishes and even your favorite fall desserts, Thistle has compiled a list of 10 plant-based recipes that everyone at the Thanksgiving table will enjoy.

Not having a turkey to carve can be a strange experience if you’re used to serving the bird.

But if you want to focus on the main course without compromising your goals to keep things plant-based this year, there are alternatives. These include foods like Tofurkey, Gardein’s Vegan Turk’y Roast, Trader Joe’s Pureless Stuffed Roast, or many homemade plant-based options are delicious options to replace the usual poultry.

If you’re not interested in a main course this year, you can instead serve a big feast with all the Thanksgiving side dishes and dessert you love.

Keep reading for some Thanksgiving dinner planning inspiration.

Plant-based alternatives for your Thanksgiving dinner

Rice Butternut Squash

Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian main course or a tasty side dish, this squash stuffed with rice it will work well on your Thanksgiving table.

This recipe makes two servings. Each serving includes half a butternut squash filled with the familiar flavors you love at Thanksgiving, like walnuts and dried cranberries.

The sweetness of the butternut squash (with a touch of coconut sugar), along with the savory wild rice, will satisfy guests with any dietary restriction.

Stuffed roast without turkey

This is made with tofu, mushrooms, soy milk and chickpeas delicious stuffed roast without turkey is a wonderful main if you want to stay plant-based for Thanksgiving this year.

The stuffing is made with a simple bag of apple and sage stuffing, and the whole roast is wrapped in homemade herb bacon. This plant-based main course makes eight servings and will be ready in less than three hours.

Although this roast will certainly take some effort, once you slice it into the final product, the aromas and taste will make all that hard work worth it.

Vegan Sage Sausage Stuffing

If you’ve always loved your grandma’s sausage-based stuffing, but want to fill your plate with nothing but herbs this year, this is it Vegan Sage Sausage Stuffing is the perfect alternative.

This recipe makes some simple substitutions with vegan butter and sausage, but keeps all the usual staples — like celery, onions, carrots, garlic, and, of course, bread.

This side dish makes six servings, so if you’re serving an even larger crowd, double the recipe.

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

Not only does pumpkin puree increase the nutritional value of this dish (increasing fiber and vitamin A), but it also makes for the creamiest sauce in your Mac and Cheese.

This vegan pumpkin mac and cheese Bake relies on pumpkin, nutritional yeast and non-dairy milk to give this dish that creamy texture you know and love from baked mac.

Topped with breadcrumbs and baked for 45 minutes, this recipe will make four hearty servings—or six or eight small spoonfuls.

However, if you’re feeding some die-hard mac and cheese lovers, you might want to consider doubling — or tripling — the batch.

Vegan shepherd’s pie

This vegan shepherd’s pie makes another easy vegetable main to replace turkey – and it only takes an hour.

This Shepherd’s Pie features lentils for a protein boost that will leave you satisfied, topped with homemade mashed potatoes made with vegan butter. This recipe makes six servings, making it a great option to offer if you have vegetarian or vegan guests joining your Thanksgiving celebrations.

If you plan to make this dish the main event, multiply the recipe accordingly.

Green Bean Casserole

What’s a Thanksgiving spread with a classic green bean casserole? This vegan take on a classic dish allows you to make a roux using flour, vegan butter, and vegetable stock to give this casserole a creamy texture while skipping the dairy.

But don’t worry, this recipe doesn’t skimp on those crispy fried onions. Note that this one is vegan Green Bean Casserole only serves four.

White bean cassoulet

Another delicious and filling plant-based main dish that your guests will love is this one vegan cassoulet.

Made with mushrooms and beans, baked in a delicious tomato sauce and topped with breadcrumbs, this casserole only takes 20 to 25 minutes to bake, freeing up space in the oven for all those other delicious side dishes (and desserts) you plan to make.

This recipe already makes 10 servings, probably making it one of the easiest main dishes you can put together.

Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple pie may be a common Thanksgiving dessert, but why not take it up a notch? This vegan apple cake it is baked upside down, with the apple slices nicely displayed on the bottom.

When it is ready, the cake is released from the mold onto a plate and is immediately ready to be served. This goes perfectly with plant-based vanilla ice cream or homemade plant-based caramel sauce.

Easy baked cheesecake

Thanks to this recipe, you can enjoy cheesecake on a plant-based diet. This vegan easy baked cheesecake it’s made with a blend of cashews, coconut cream and vegan cream cheese to give it that creamy texture we all know and love.

In addition, it does not contain gluten, dairy products and is naturally sweetened. This cheesecake consists of eight slices and can be served with any fruit toppings of your choice.

Pumpkin pie

As your Thanksgiving feast draws to a close, there’s nothing like ending your evening with a cup of decaf coffee and a slice of pumpkin pie.

This vegan pumpkin pie keeps things simple, replacing the usual can of milk with a can of coconut cream, mixed with all the famous spices and baked in a vegan pie crust.

You can even top your slices with giant dollops of vegan whipped cream—is there any other way to eat a piece of pie on Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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