Here Are Literally 50 More Side Dishes You Can Make Without Animal Products This Thanksgiving

We’ve got bread, we’ve got gravy, and of course we have stuffing — are you ready to get your vegan feast on again?

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ast week, I established that this last year has nearly squeezed the life out of me so I am going to just copy-paste the introduction to last year’s collection of 50 amazing vegan side dishes for Thanksgiving because, you know what? It’s perfectly fine and nothing much has changed except that life has gotten even more complicated and fraught since last year. So here we go…

“I get it: Thanksgiving is very serious business in households across the U.S. If you dare to go rogue and stray from Aunt Eddie’s trusted cranberry sauce by using pecans instead of walnuts, grown-ass adults can transform into pouty toddlers faster than you can say “sacrilege.” So, if you suggest replacing the customary dead turkey with a plant-based main dish as the centerpiece, as I did earlier this week, you know things are going to get tense in some families. Buckle up, buttercups!

…Having been vegetarian and then vegan since the 1980s — it was a totally tubular time — I know that people take their Thanksgiving traditions very seriously. There’s nothing like getting the evil eye at a Thanksgiving table to remind you that some people will tolerate your annoying herbivorous self the rest of the year but on the fourth Thursday of November, all bets are off.

Why can’t you vegans just eat around the turkey?

First, um, no. Gross. Would you “eat around” something that disgusts or deeply saddens you? Second, it’s not only the meat industry that brutalizes animals; the dairy and the egg industries not only buttress the meat industry as outlets of profitability for mining what can be extracted from animals’ bodies, but these industries are just as cruel and exploitative as the actual flesh trade. Besides, the animals end up being slaughtered when they are no longer considered productive at the end of their short lives anyway. (Please check out my Myth of Harmlessness series on the dairy and egg industries to learn more.)

Now that I got all that out of the way, I have to say that I am not here to cajole anyone or talk about unsavory things. Quite the opposite: I am here to talk about savory things. Very savory things. The fact is, we can enjoy all the customary foods we associate with Thanksgiving by simply using plant-based ingredients instead of animal-based ones, and we get to enjoy the day with a clean conscience and appreciative bellies. As these talented recipe developers prove, there is no sacrifice to vegan food.”

Here once again are 10 traditional categories and 50 recipes of plant-based deliciousness any Thanksgiving meal would be lucky to include.

Are We Ready For Bready?

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Sweet Potato Rolls (The Curious Chickpea)
Roasted Garlic and Herb Dinner Rolls (Foodal)
Buttermilk Biscuits (Nora Cooks)
Perfect Corn Muffins (Connoisseurus Veg)
Roasted Garlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread (Little Spice Jar)

These Cranberries Are Feeling Saucy

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Apple Cranberry Sauce (Vegan Huggs)
Best Ever Cranberry Sauce (Mom on Time Out)
4-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce (A Clean Bake)
Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce (Jo Cooks)
Dried Cherry and Orange Cranberry Sauce (Cookin’ Canuck)

Souperb Soups

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Butternut Squash Soup (Cook with Manali)
Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup (Yummy Beet)
Silky Cauliflower Soup (Happy Kitchen.Rocks)
Gingery Sweet Potato Soup (Food & Wine)
Mushroom and Wild Rice Bisque (Holy Cow!)

Greetings And Saladtations

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Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing (Eating By Elaine)
Roasted Kabocha and Kale Salad (Cooking Light)
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pickled Rye Berries (
Salad Greens with Cranberries, Apples and Caramelized Pecans (Colleen Holland via VegNews)
Sweet Potato and Mushroom Salad (Food & Wine)

Is It Stuffing In Here Or Is It Just Me?

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Classic Vegan Stuffing (Delish)
Sausage Stuffing Casserole (Vegan in the Freezer)
Southern-Style Cornbread Skillet Sage Stuffing (Real Food Daily via Huffington Post)
Easy Vegan Stuffing (Eight Ingredients) The Vegan 8
Muriel’s Shiitake Mushroom Holiday Stuffing (Life Vegans)

Good Gravy, These Are Delicious

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Mushroom Make-Ahead Gravy (Melissa Clark via The New York Times)
Sheet Pan Gravy (The First Mess)
Best Ever Fat-Free Gravy (Brand New Vegan)
Thyme Cabernet Gravy (The Vegan 8)
Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Gravy (The Kitch’n)

Roasty, Toasty Veggies

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Easy Roasted Vegetables (Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
Roasted Parsnips (Fifteen Spatulas)
Roasted Butternut Squash with Red Onion (Parade)
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts (Giada De Laurentiis via Food Network)
Garlic Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Holy Cow!)

I Yam What I Yam

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Sweet Potato Casserole (Namely Marly)
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows (The Plant Riot)
Roasted Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes (Allyson Kramer)
Za’atar Sweet Potatoes and Garlicky Kale (Epicurious)
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Herbs (Everyday Healthy Recipes)

One Potato, Two Potato

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Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes (Delish)
Roasted Fingerlings (Food Network)
Scalloped Potatoes (Vegan Richa)
Garlic Roasted Potatoes (Parade)
Potato, Pepper and Olive Phyllo Cups (Food Network)

Assorted Tasty Items

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Easy Green Bean Casserole (Delish)
Portobello Frites (Cooking Light)
Bacon Ricotta Crostini (Namely Marly)
Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto Cream and Garlicky Breadcrumbs (The First Mess)
Smoky Cheddar Cheese (The Buddhist Chef)

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