Vegan Thanksgiving

Whether folks are following plant-based diets out of concern for their health, compassion for animals, or care for the environment, vegan eating is on the rise. If you or your guests are trying to avoid animal products this Thanksgiving, these recipes (with minor modifications) will help you get flavor on the table without compromising your commitment to eating plants.

Piquante Pepper Snackers

3 Guiding StarsFour ingredients. Dead simple. Lovely. Delicious. Vegan. What more do you need to know? Make these perky little jewels as an impressive appetizer. (3 Guiding Stars)

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

3 Guiding StarsThe natural pectin in fruit makes it easy to make a soft cranberry sauce without resorting to gelatin. A little orange and a little spice makes this low-sugar condiment a real treat. (3 Guiding Stars)

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

2 Guiding StarsThis recipe calls for a little butter, but you can easily either skip it or replace it with either olive oil or your favorite butter replacement: it will taste just as good. (2 Guiding Stars)

Apple-Date Torte

2 Guiding StarsThis delicious beauty is not only vegan, it also happens to be paleo-friendly if you’ve got friends in that set. And extreme eating paths aside, it’s genuinely delicious. (2 Guiding Stars)

Apple, Onion & Cranberry Stuffing

1 Guiding StarThis stuffing recipe calls for chicken broth, but vegetable or mushroom would work equally well. The key is to stick with a low-sodium version of whatever you choose. (1 Guiding Star)

Simple Seitan

1 Guiding StarSeitan, which is sometimes called “mock duck” or “wheat meat” is a classic vegan dish that produces a tasty serving of cooked wheat gluten. It might sound weird, but trust us: it’s good. (1 Guiding Star)

Roasted Red Pepper & Green Bean Salad

1 Guiding StarGreen bean casserole is a loved favorite, but the high amount of dairy makes it tough to turn vegan. Why not take your green beans in a crisp, fresh, salady direction instead? (1 Guiding Star)