Serving up an entire menu of vegan Thanksgiving recipes is an intimidating feat, especially when there’s a picky crowd to impress. But have no fear, no one—not even the meat eaters—will miss butter or cream (or whisper “where’s the turkey?”) when they’re scarfing down any dish from this list of our best vegan Thanksgiving menu ideas.
Start with our pro tip for irresistible side dishes: Make a big batch of simple creamy cashew sauce, then let it be the foundation for lots of your Thanksgiving meal. Not only can it be the base for soups and salads, but it also adds flavor (and silky-smooth texture) to any squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes you roast. (And would it be great in a green bean casserole? We sure think so.)
While you could easily make a whole vegan Thanksgiving menu from sides and appetizers, you might want a showstopping vegan main dish to take the center of the table—from coconut-braised cabbage to this giant platter of brussels sprouts nasi goreng, your main course will be more flavorful than any old turkey.
Still not sold on going fully vegan on Thanksgiving? Our best vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes are totally meatless (but with a lot of cream and butter involved).