#Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday in the United States because it’s a time for Americans to celebrate the start of the 13 colonies’ success. We often get together with family and friends to enjoy a feast that traditionally includes a great big turkey. However, the classic Thanksgiving menu certainly doesn’t lend itself to the vegan lifestyle or diet. #Veganism continues gaining popularity in the U.S. and it’s important for everyone to indulge in a delicious meal with loved ones. That’s why we’ve rounded up some easy but tasty vegan side dish #recipes that you should try this Thanksgiving.

Vegan recipe for stuffing

Many people cook the stuffing inside the Thanksgiving turkey, but we’re forgoing that practice with this yummy vegan recipe for stuffing.

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Ingredients:

  • About 9 cups of loosely packed bread cubes, left out to dry the night before
  • Half cup diced white onions
  • Three-quarters cup diced celery
  • Three-quarters cup uncooked green lentils
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • About 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 flax egg made from 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 2.5 tablespoon water
  • Sage, salt and pepper to taste

Cook the lentils in a small saucepan with 1.5 cups vegetable broth or water over medium-high heat until there is a low boil. Let them simmer uncovered for about a half hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray or foil. Saute celery and onion in olive oil and season with salt and pepper until the veggies are translucent.

Pour most of your remaining vegetable broth over the bread then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Combine until everything is thoroughly mixed and the bread is your desired texture, adding broth or bread as necessary. Place in the pan, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the foil and increase the heat to 400 degrees before giving the stuffing about 10 minutes to brown on the top.

Vegan recipe for mashed potatoes

This simple recipe only calls for six ingredients on your pre-holiday grocery list: Yukon potatoes, roasted garlic, black pepper, chives, sea salt and vegan butter. Plan for 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cooking time, meaning you’ll spend less than an hour on this delicious dish.

Non-vegan mashed potatoes usually include lots of cream and butter, but this recipe yields the same fluffy results without any dairy.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 yukon gold potatoes
  • 5-6 cloves roasted garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh chives for the topping
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegan butter

Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan with a pinch of sea salt until they’re very tender, then drain the pot and move the potatoes to a mixing bowl.

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Use a potato masher or your hands to transform the potatoes into a fluffy texture before mixing in the pepper, butter and roasted garlic. Once the mash is flavored with your preferred level of seasoning, sprinkle the chopped chives across the top and serve warm.

Vegan recipe for gravy

Now that you have vegan stuffing and mashed potatoes, you need a scrumptious bowl of gravy to round out the side dishes. Forget about the typical gravy recipes that include meat drippings or broth because this easy recipe is even tastier. This only serves two people, so feel free to multiply the ingredients as necessary for your feast.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • Onion powder and ground black pepper to taste

Melt the margarine in a saucepan then add flour and stir until the mixture is smooth. Dissolve the miso paste in 2 tablespoons warm water then combine in the saucepan with the broth, soy sauce and seasoning. Continue stirring until the gravy is your preferred texture and serve warm.

Arrange your vegan side dishes on the table with Thanksgiving holiday decorations, photograph and Instagram your beautiful meal then enjoy with your favorite people.