Help! Vegans Are Coming to Our Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Vegan_ThanksgivingDear Sister Eden,

Help! I just found out my sister-in-law is coming to Thanksgiving and she is vegan! What do I do?!


I Ain’t Making Tofu Turkey

Lebanon, PA


Dear Ain’t Making Tofu,

First let’s all take a moment to take a deep breath. Hold it for a moment. Now slowly let it out. That’s a little better, right?

Second let’s try to remember what this holiday is all about. It’s a day for gathering with friends and family and acknowledging that there are things we can be grateful for. Yes, even crazy Uncle Jasper who spits on the rug.

Third, to your question, here is my advice: Don’t worry! The abundance available at your typical Thanksgiving dinner is ample for most people. When I was a vegetarian, my friends and family would worry that I wouldn’t enjoy myself because I would not eat the turkey and gravy. Nothing could be further from the truth! Stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, several types of vegetables, and desserts were more than I could eat anyway. Now that I am vegan, I have to be a little more thoughtful in how I prepare dishes, but many classic Thanksgiving dishes are already vegan, like the cranberry sauce, and many can be made vegan with only minor adjustments, like the stuffing. And while I do advise all of us to eat a plant-based diet (it’s healthier for us AND the environment), I don’t mind if others are enjoying turkey on Thanksgiving. I hope your sister-in-law won’t mind either.

To help you out further, we selected some of our favorite vegan recipes from the dirty hippie and the bohemian girl and John that we think will make a perfect Thanksgiving menu that even a carnivore can enjoy. So relax, give that sister-in-law of yours a big hug and enjoy the day. Also, be sure to read our posts about how to make an awesome centerpiece and, if you are traveling out of town, how to green your travel.



Curry Butternut Squash Soup and Peppery Cornbread 

This sweet and spicy soup is just what you need to chase away the chills while the corn bread is savory and can be prepared gluten-free!






Rosemary Cauliflower Mash 

This cauliflower dish mimics the creamy, dreamy texture and look of mashed potatoes, but with fewer calories.









Slow Cooker Acorn Squash Chili 

Since we are all short on time on Thanksgiving, this slow cooker recipe will help you reclaim some of that lost time!









Broccoli Forest Casserole 

Here is a vegan and gluten-free spin on the classic vegetarian dish called “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest,” originated by Mollie Katzen from Moosewood Cafe.



Classic Cranberry Sauce


Classic Cranberry Sauce 

Making homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving is a no-brainer. Add in a little brandy and it becomes unforgettable.




Retro Post Modern Stuffing


Retro Post Modern Stuffing 

Thanksgiving without stuffing? That’s crazy talk! This classic recipe is updated to be vegan friendly and will satisfy everyone at your dinner.






Balsamic Brussels Sprouts 

It’s brussells sprouts season so pick some up at your farmers market and prepare this flavorful recipe for a warm slaw that can be served as a side dish.





Apple Cider Slush 

This slushy apple cider recipe is gluten-free, vegan, AND comes together in less than five minutes.









Chocolate Coconut Whip Parfaits

We originally posted this dessert for Valentine’s Day, but it is great any time of year. Not only is it vegan, but it is also gluten-free!

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill founded Sister Eden in order to inspire people to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives. Before that, she produced special events for 16 years and educated her colleagues about how to make their events more sustainable. In addition to being an online media personality and producer of videos, Lori is a speaker, writer, activist, wife, mom, and plant eater just trying to do the right thing and make a difference in the world. You can often find her walking her rescue dog Dolly while picking up trash in her Takoma Park neighborhood where Sister Eden has adopted a spot.
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  1. Bravo you! I was just on the lookout today for vegan stuffing. Mille mercis! Also – did you see the WaPo’s food section? More great minds thinking a like – there are even more vegan recipes there. Whew! You just saved my veggie bacon! ;-D

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      Thanks for sharing, Bethany! It’s great to hear that more and more people — and news outlets — are realizing that plant-based diets (vegan/vegetarian) are better for us AND the planet!

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