If your goal is to make Thanksgiving a little more eco-friendly this year, try out some of these yummy vegan and vegetarian dishes. Although some veer slightly away from the classics, we think that you will be pleasantly surprised by the flavors.
1. Cinnamon Oatmeal Baked Apples
These delicious baked apples are the perfect dessert to pair with vegan vanilla ice cream, or a good breakfast treat accompanied by some non-dairy yogurt. They’re both gluten-free and vegan and are easily modifiable to be nut-free. No matter who your guests are, these yummy and versatile treats are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Check out the recipe here.
2. Poole’s Diner Macaroni Au Gratin
Well-loved in Raleigh, NC, Poole’s diner has been serving “reimagined comfort food” since 2007. One of their most famous recipes is this Mac and Cheese (emphasis on cheese — it incorporates three different kinds). This dish is a classic that is both easy to make and enjoyed by all. Just a tip – try and plan your grocery shopping trip beforehand, since you might not be able to find all of the ingredients at every supermarket. Check out the recipe from here.
3. Stuffing Muffins
Stuffing muffins are not only fun to say, but are also a unique take on the classic Thanksgiving stuffing. But if you already have your own mix of ingredients, just grease a muffin tin, and add some stuffing in each case. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F (160°C), or until golden brown, and enjoy your new and repurposed stuffing! Check out the recipe here.
4. Spicy Jalapeño Artichoke Dip
Artichoke dip is a classic appetizer that usually doesn’t have a kick. This recipe promises to change that by adding jalapeños to balance the cool cream cheese and simple artichoke flavors. This dip can be eaten with anything from vegetables to crackers to chips, (or even spread on a slice of bread). Check out the recipe here.
5. Pomegranate Apple Spinach Salad
One of my favorite combinations of all time is mixing together fruit and greens for dinner, and Thanksgiving dinner is no exception. This year, I’m definitely going to be making this Harvest Salad with apple, pomegranate, and its light homemade dressing. Although this recipe includes feta and honey, it could be easily modified to fit a vegan diet by simply removing these two ingredients. Check out the recipe here.
6. Red Wine and Orange Cranberry Sauce
People have been finding ways to spice up traditional cranberry sauce forever, but here’s our favorite: adding red wine and freshly-squeezed orange juice. This combination doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expect of a cranberry sauce, but it’s likeness to sangria gives it a cosmopolitan twist. I recommend loosely following this recipe, and adjusting the ingredients based on your preferences. Check out the recipe here.
7. Herbed Feta Biscuits
If you’re getting tired of eating plain old dinner rolls, give these flaky feta biscuits a try. With just the right amount of cheese and inclusion of Mediterranean flavor, these biscuits are neither overwhelming nor predictable. They are fantastic on their own, but also make for the perfect turkey (or tofurky) sandwich with leftovers. Check out the recipe here.
8. Marinated Cheese
Marinated cheese is a holiday fan-favorite. It can be eaten on crackers, with a salad, or straight from a spoon. It’s also incredibly easy to make, requiring short preparation time and simple ingredients. My best tip for this recipe is to let the marinate sit separately from the cheese for a few hours in the refrigerator, to really let those flavors marinate before pouring it on. Check out the recipe here.
9. Mini Apple Pies
While pumpkin pie tends to dominate the Thanksgiving dessert scene, apple pie isn’t all that far behind. The iconic American dessert is wholesome and comforting and fits right in on your dinner table this time of year. For a fun twist, you can bake it in a muffin tin for individual portions with a lot less mess. You could also experiment with different pie flavors so guests can mix and match. Check out the recipe here.
If you’re looking for more creative recipes to reuse your leftovers click here. Enjoy your vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving feast!