Thanksgiving Without The Bird

5 Vegan Alternatives

Traditional Thanksgiving Vegan Alternatives

The Skinny 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and family squabbles aside, it’s a great day to dine together and munch out. But what about those with food allergies or restrictions, vegans or those people looking to cut down on the calorie count out of necessity or simply to avoid gaining a Turkey Day Ten. Don’t worry. WellWell is here to help with some appropriate alternatives to a menu of traditional dishes. Dig down and enjoy.

The Slate

Classic Meat(less) Lentil Loaf

Anyone looking for a main dish meat alternative needs to gaze no further than this recipe for a lentil loaf. Its components of lentils, oats, herbs and fresh vegetables make it savory and loaded with protein.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Love sweet potato combo but need to avoid dairy and gluten? Don’t worry, here’s a dairy-free gluten-free option. This casserole comes out hot and creamy on the inside and crispy on top. Part of this recipe is made in an Instant Pot to speed things along. It is also soy-free, nut-free, and vegan. Oh yeah, dairy-free butter is used.

Veggie Croquettes 

Vegetable potato croquettes are a perfect side dish option or even an appetizer, especially when served with mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce. Crispy on the outside, soft and potato-ey on the inside.

Creamy Squash Risotto With Toasted Pepitas

The use of silky miso and a paprika-packed squash purée helps build a hearty and tasty dairy-free risotto. Make more squash purée than needed and it can find its way to all sorts of other meals.

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a must at Thanksgiving. But they have to be thick and creamy to carry the taste load. Rice milk—and this recipe—is where the answer is found. Prepare this when your turkey is almost done but give yourself enough time to boil the spuds. The dish is vegan as well.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Even if you don’t like it, you kinda love Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. Thankfully, we’ve got a neat dairy-free alternative. It is inexpensive and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have. There are various milk alternatives from rice to cashew or coconut milk.

Seitan with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Every Thanksgiving needs a centerpiece and some gravy or some sauce to help smooth things out. But for vegetarians or vegans, it means the traditional bird is out. That is where this Seitan and mushroom sauce combo is ready to step in. This dish offers the same satisfaction as meat and the rich mushroom and wine sauce add the wow factor without adding butter or cream. It comes down to seasoning and great ingredients.

Vegan Gravy

Looking for a second option because what’s Thanksgiving without gravy? Boring, among other things. This recipe produces a gravy even meat lovers will love. It uses vegetables high in glutamate, an amino acid that helps bring out its taste. They are given quick char before being simmered down into a rich, flavorful stock.

Dairy Free Caramel Apple Pie

Don’t give up on apple pie. Remember, apple pie is largely fruit-based so if it is made right—like this recipe—it should be a good choice for anyone wanting to trim calories. The combination of Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla and ground flax seed make it dairy-free as well.

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