Veg-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes


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Editor's Note: Did you know that SparkPeople was home to almost 250,000 vegetarians and vegans? It's true. In addition, 4% of Americans are either vegetarian or vegan, according to a Vegetarian Times survey, and up to 10% of Americans follow a partially vegetarian diet. That said, this Thanksgiving, we wanted to highlight some vegetarian recipes.

(Have you tried Chef Meg's new, healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Find them here.)

I reached out to my friend and fellow blogger, Angela, for some vegetarian and vegan recipes that would have mouths watering!

Hi, I’m Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows, Green Monster Movement, and Glo Bakery. I'm a vegan bakery owner, healthy living writer, and photographer who found her glow with a vegan diet. Oh She Glows documents how I got my glow back, after years of depriving myself, and discovered that food can be fun. I tempt with delicious vegan recipes and mouth-watering photography.

One of the most surprising things about being a vegan is that I can re-create my favourite recipes with vegan ingredients and the food still tastes wonderful, if not better than the original versions! My family and friends are always shocked when I tell them that the dish is vegan, whether it is a main course, appetizer, or dessert.

Sure, I have had my share of baking flops that have been well documented on my blog, but when I do successfully transform a recipe, there is no better feeling.

When I am asked if I feel deprived being a vegan, I have to smile. As a vegan I experiment with many more foods than I ever did before. My dinners used to consist of potatoes, chicken, and vegetables and now I rarely eat the same meal twice. Being a vegan has forced me to be creative in the kitchen and discover foods that I might not have tried before.

This year was my first Vegan Canadian Thanksgiving that I put together for Project Food Blog. Every single thing that I served was vegan and many of my guests commented that it was the best Thanksgiving meal they have ever had.

Today I am going to share with you the favourite dish from the meal and then I will link to the rest of the Thanksgiving recipes below. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!

This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine (or other vegan, non-hydrogenated margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup spelt flour


    Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish with canola oil. I wipe a bit on with a paper towel. Peel and then boil sweet potatoes until tender. Mash the sweet potatoes with the margarine until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla, maple syrup, sea salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour into casserole dish. Next, mix the topping ingredients together until well-combined. Sprinkle topping mixture over the casserole and bake for approx. 50 minutes, checking it every so often. Serves 7-9.

    Find the full nutrition info for the recipe here.

    If you are interested in my other vegan Thanksgiving menu items, please click here for the original post. It includes all the recipes for the menu below as well as tips on how to create beautiful Thanksgiving decor on a budget.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Editor's Note: Looking for more vegetarian and/or vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving? Some companies that provide tasty turkey-free "roasts" and meals are Field Roasts, Tofurky, and Five Star Foodies. No matter what I serve, I always pair it with vegetarian gravy. Do you have any vegetarians or vegans coming to Thanksgiving this year?

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    Why does it say add the milk? - 11/13/2012   9:58:05 AM
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    My spouse and I are both vegan, so our families can definitely utilize such recipes. :)
    I will also be attending a vegan Thanksgiving potluck or two this year!

    Thanks for this GREAT article! - 11/17/2010   1:04:10 PM
    I'm giving thanks that we don't have that holiday over here. Who needs the extra stress and commercialisation. - 11/17/2010   3:31:12 AM
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    I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm going to have to try some of these recipes. We're gathering recipes that aren't as meat-based. Although humans are omnivores, our meat-eating shouldn't be as much as say a dog, another omnivore. - 11/16/2010   11:56:55 PM
    I am so glade to have vegetarian recipies. I am a vegetarian and it feels good to have more options to cook! - 11/16/2010   9:18:24 PM
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    Thank you! This looks like a delicious meal. - 11/16/2010   3:22:35 PM
    I am the vegetarian at Thanksgiving. I normally bring my own protein and a side dish. Most of the family is good about trying what I bring which is nice. The last few years they have requested I bring a sweet potato with cranberry sauce recipe I have made several times in place of the candied yams. I hate candied yams heated from a can so I gladly do it though it would be nice to bring a new dish from time to time :) - 11/16/2010   11:45:04 AM
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    I am a slightly lactose-intolerant vegetarian and a very recently diagnosed celiac. Holidays this year will definitely be interesting!

    On another note, Angela is one of my favorite bloggers! I can't eat a lot of her recipes, but they do give me a lot of inspiration. - 11/16/2010   11:01:23 AM
    The sweet potato casserole looks amazing but I have a question: the picture looks as if there are pecans in the topping, but no pecans are listed in the ingredients. Am I imagining that I see them (I really like pecans so maybe this is wishful thinking) or was this item left off the list, maybe its optional or something like that? - 11/16/2010   9:28:16 AM
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    I'm not a vegetarian but my son is, so when Thanksgiving came around a few years ago I looked into altering some of his favorite foods. He was especially fond of my sausage dressing, so instead of regular sausage I use the soy alternative. It was just as good as the original and has become a family favorite. Just as a side note, if you don't tell meat eaters that they are eating an altered recipe they'll never figure it out-I took my dressing to my daughter's house one Thanksgiving, her boyfriend's family were big meat eaters and they went back for seconds. - 11/16/2010   9:17:20 AM
    I have made countless recipes from Angela's Oh She Glows blog and when I bring extra food to work to share with friends/ coworkers (non-vegans) they ask for the recipes and are shocked the food I've been bringing them is vegan. Same thing goes for my boyfriend who won't touch vegan food but he's a sucker for sweets and he has gobbled up several of Angela's cookie and bread recipes, not to mention the high protein mashed potatoes (those will totally knock your socks off)! - 11/16/2010   8:27:58 AM
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    What? No bean and nut loaf? To me there is no fancy vegan dinner party without a bean and nut loaf and I recommend it to evryone. Basically it is pured legumes of choice with grated nuts or seeds of choice and spices, herbs and a bit of soy flour or ground flaxseeds to keep it all together. Put in the oven and serve with gravy and cranberry sauce! - 11/16/2010   5:52:12 AM
    I don't this year but one year I didn't have Thanksgiving with family. Instead friends I lived with at the time got together and one of their parents made most of the dinner. Since he was a vegetarian, they made a regular turkey and a tofu-turkey. And the non-meat one actually tasted pretty good. - 11/16/2010   5:23:17 AM
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    I love these idea's. I am going to a traditional Thanksgiving but maybe I'll make a another dinner from these recipes just for myself. Healthy &yummy! - 11/16/2010   2:00:29 AM
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    Love it! Thank you for the wonderful menu ideas! Sounds delish! - 11/15/2010   11:20:59 PM
    Sounds and looks yummy, I will have to try it ( : Thanks - 11/15/2010   11:02:49 PM
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    That sweet potato casserole looks amazing. I'll have to try this recipe. - 11/15/2010   10:32:55 PM
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    The recipe directions call for adding milk, but there's nothing to indicate what kind or how much. - 11/15/2010   9:20:14 PM
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    This looks so yummy! - 11/15/2010   7:15:55 PM
    Will make a great dessert. - 11/15/2010   5:04:22 PM
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    Earth Balance is a vegan margarine. You can also use Smart Balance light for a vegan option. If you don't need it to be vegan, any butter/margarine would work. - 11/15/2010   4:53:12 PM
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    What is earth balance?
    - 11/15/2010   2:55:42 PM
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    Will try the sweet potato casserole - 11/15/2010   2:47:35 PM
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    Wow the sweet potato casserole looks soooooo delicious! - 11/15/2010   2:26:00 PM
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    Wonderful! I love your blog and your recipes are amazing. I'll be checking out the full list of Tofurkyday treats. Hooray for vegans and turkey-free holidays. :D - 11/15/2010   2:00:41 PM
    The sweet potato casserole sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing all of the recipes. - 11/15/2010   1:59:44 PM

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