Green Beans with Pecans. (Bob Donaldson/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

It’s that time of year again in which friends and family come together on the last Thursday in November to celebrate community and charity.  When people think of Thanksgiving, turkey, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie are what come to mind.  However, there are those in the community who choose to forsake the meat and dairy for veggies and grains.  Just because the “traditional” Thanksgiving is filled with animal-based foods does not mean that someone who is vegan can not join in the festivities.  Below there are a sampling of what a vegan can make for Thanksgiving.  These recipes are from One Green Planet.

Course: Appetizer

Cinnamon Graham Crackers with Pumpkin-Spiced Hummus

Ingredients:  cinnamon Graham Crackers, Pumpkin puree, hummus

Highlights: Rich pumpkin flavor complemented by the cinnamon of the graham cracker

Course: Soup

Autumn Vegetable Soup with Parsley Pesto

Ingredients: celery, garlic, carrots, olive oil, red pepper, vegetable stock, yellow beans, and parsley

Highlights: Warm and inviting with a strong blend of flavors and texture from the vegetables



Course: main dish

Vegan Caesar Salad

Ingredients: romaine lettuce, chickpeas, assorted nut Parmesan cheese

Highlights: a vegan take on a classic dish, with the same amount of robust flavor coming from your favorite Caesar dressing.


Course: side dish

Pasta Salad

Ingredients: pasta, garlic, olive oil, shredded cabbage and carrots, light Italian vinaigrette

Highlights: Zesty kick from the vinaigrette works well with the garlic and pasta.

Carrot Cashew Paté

Course: side dish

Ingredients: carrots, cashews, tahini, lemon juice, ginger, cilantro, salt

Highlights: ginger adds variety to the bland of carrots and cashews, as the lemon juice enhances the flavors in the rest of the dish.

Course: dessert

 Pumpkin Pie

Even with the pumpkin-spice craze already in full swing, no one's going without the Thanksgiving favorite on the big day. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ingredients: Soy cream cheese, graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract

Highlights: a new spin on a classic Thanksgiving dessert, this vegan pumpkin pie is rich and creamy, while also supplying a strong sweet crunch with the graham cracker crust.

These are just a few dishes one could make without the use of animal products.  Vegan food doesn’t have to be bland, and as these dishes prove, one can have a solid blend of great taste and healthy benefit.    

By Carston Carasella

Hey, my name's Carston, and I'm a second year staffer at BoonePubs. My motto is fake it 'till you make it, and I love the movie Big Trouble in Little China. I'd love to travel to Minorca because that's where my ancestors are from. Some of my hobbies include working at the always wonderful Panera Bread, and writing. My hidden talent is that I can play guitar, and I wishfully hope to one day become mayor of Portland.

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