​Our Favorite Easy Meat, Dairy, and Egg-free Thanksgiving Recipes

November 23, 2015

Did you hear the latest? Turkey Prices have gone up 6.4% and egg prices have risen 50% this year! We've got an idea that'll help you avoid an expensive Thanksgiving and more importantly, spare the lives of animals: Avoid all things animal-based this holiday and still enjoy an indulgent feast surrounded by family and friends!

From a hearty roast to the fluffy rolls that you'll serve your leftover Tofurky sandwiches on, a simple Google search for "vegan Thanksgiving recipes" will help you find a way to veganize just about everything, but we wanted to help get you started by sharing six of the dishes that make their way to our table every year. Caution: Don't read this if you're hungry!

Our Go-To Greens: Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole by Oh My Veggies

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This creamy, crispy casserole from Oh My Veggies leaves us wondering why we ever added all those animal-derived dairy products to this traditional dish in the first place. Three words: Homemade fried onions. That's all you need to know.

Our Standard Starch: Macaroni and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese by Vegan Yumminess

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Potatoes + Carrots = Cheese. That may be the best equation that we've ever seen. This Vegan Yumminess recipe turns pantry staples into a creamy, cheesy pasta dish that'll leave everyone coming back for seconds...and thirds...and fourths.

Our Standard Starch #2: Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Mashed Potatoes by Minimalist Baker

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You didn't think that we would limit ourselves to one starch, did you"http://minimalistbaker.com/the-best-damn-vegan-mashed-potatoes/" target="_blank">These perfect mashed potatoes by Minimalist Baker are so, so easy and only use six ingredients. Warning: After you make them once, you're probably going to need a little convincing to save the recipe for special occasions.

Our Serve-on-Everything Sauce: Mushroom Gravy

Savory Mushroom Gravy by Post Punk Kitchen

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We've been known to rely on Post Punk Kitchen's Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks when we're going all out—stuffed seitan from scratch is no easy feat but one that's well worth the work—but one dish that is on our table every single holiday is Post Punk Kitchen's oh-so-easy Savory Mushroom Gravy.

Our Must-Have Main: Pot RoastYankee Pot Roast by Delightful-Delicious-Delovely

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Let's face it: Holiday meals need a warm, comforting, and hearty centerpiece. What they don't need is for this dish to be animal-based. This masterpiece cooked up by Delightful-Delicious-Delovely and dreamed up by Annie and Dan Shannon is the perfect main dish for when we forgo the store-bought roast to impress our guests with our kitchen finesse.

Our Delectable Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie by Chocolate Covered Katie

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Chocolate Covered Katie's take on this old school pie has the extra smooth filling and light, flaky crust that gained this dessert its standing as a holiday favorite. We don't blame you if you want to go ahead and update Grandma's weathered family recipe card now.

A Bonus: The Leftover Sandwich of Your Sugarplum Dreams

Loaded Holiday Panini by Vegan Yack Attack

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Sometimes you've got to go all out and prepare a full plant-based version of the traditional spread from cranberry sauce to a stuffing-filled seitan roast (see our earlier mention of Post Punk Kitchen's Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks!). This loaded holiday panini from Vegan Yack Attack is for those times. It's almost enough to inspire us to save some leftovers and keep the holiday going into the weekend—nah, we'll just eat it all in one sitting.

What Thanksgiving dishes are on your menu this year? Let us know in the comments below!