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Top 10 Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes

Sharon Palmer

Today I’m sharing my favorite plant-powered Thanksgiving recipes for a full menu of delicious eating for your holiday table. This collection includes 10 100% plant-based, vegan holiday recipes in all categories, from drinks to entrees to desserts. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I always go to my dear friends’ house for a Friendsgiving, along with Peter and the kids. It’s like a multi-cultural festivity of holiday love, with people with roots in India, France, Sweden, England, Vietnam, and beyond joining together to give thanks around an abundant food supply. Even with our various backgrounds, we all cherish the local, traditional foods of the American Thanksgiving holiday, including stuffing, comfort food casseroles, cranberry and pumpkin dishes, and other seasonal produce. I always bring a few plant-based offerings to grace the table, including some of these dishes I included in my recipe collection today. These days, there are just as many people interested in my vegan recipes, and they are always the first to fly off the table. I wish you a peaceful holiday full of love, grace, and comfort. Remember to say a small wish of thanks and gratitude for the people who grow and prepare our food, and enjoy the holiday with these Top 10 Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes.

Eat and Live Well,


Top 10 Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes

Butternut Squash Kale Barley Salad

I love the fall combination of butternut squash, kale, barley and hazelnuts—all wrapped together in this comfort food, hearty salad.

Balsamic Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Farro 

Nothing spells holiday comfort like butternut squash and Brussels sprouts! These vegetables offer so much savory goodness when roasted and paired together, as they are in this simple farro dish.

Sage White Bean Veggie Balls with Pomegranate Mandarin Sauce

How about something truly savory and party worthy for your holiday table? These veggie balls are filled with the flavors of sage, mushrooms, and white beans, served with a gorgeous, ruby-colored sauce, which was inspired by my pomegranate tree!

Squash Filled with Herbed Quinoa and Cranberries

Fall is the time to celebrate the abundance of winter squashes, packed with vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and more. One of my favorite ways to cook with squashes is to simply split them open, scoop out their seeds, and fill that cavity with something scrumptious—such as a savory, herbal filling.   I showcased meatless crumbles (which you could replace with cooked lentils) in this recipe, along with quinoa, Tuscan herbs, cranberries, and walnuts.

Broccoli Walnut Au Gratin

If you’re looking for a comfort food, holiday side-dish or potluck contribution, look no further than this yummy, easy casserole. I adapted this 100% plant-based recipe from a California Walnut recipe, which I featured on a recent Hallmark TV Channel Home & Family show. Try substituting cauliflower for broccoli for a quick alternative.

Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios 

Who says holiday side dishes have to only involve stuffing and sweet potatoes? I created this super simple plant-based side dish that involves one skillet and a short list of ingredients, such as oats, cranberries, pistachios, and turmeric. Yet, it’s so simple, nutritious and flavorful! It’s the perfect holiday dish.

Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing

This Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing is just the thing you need for your holiday table, Sunday night dinner, or comfort food plant-based meal.

Cranberry Walnut Relish 

I love to make my own home-made cranberry relish for the holidays. This recipe—featuring dried cranberries—is super easy. I adapted it from a recipe from California Walnuts, which I demonstrated on the Hallmark TV Channel Home & Family Show for the holidays.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble 

Nothing spells holiday comfort like the combination of spicy cinnamon and sweet apples! One of the healthiest, fruit-centric desserts you can whip up is a baked apple crumble, with a thick layer of juicy apples and a crunchy whole grain topping. Every delicious bite is packed with fiber and nutrients. 

Winter Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler 

If you’re looking for an alcoholic drink full of holiday cheer, here’s the beverage for you! It’s bright with the flavors of pomegranate juice, ginger beer, and mint—with a touch of vodka. Serve it in mason jar glasses filled with crushed ice and a festive straw.

For other holiday recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Cranberry Apple Leek Stuffing
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Hazelnuts
Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Image: Stuffed Butternut Squash with Sage Lentil Filling, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

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