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How To Make Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

How To Make Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

It just takes a few mindful swaps to create the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving appetizers.

Try these vegan Thanksgiving appetizers this year!

Thanksgiving is marked with traditions many of us take part in. It’s a time for family, friends, and most of all, good food! You may have grown up with a delicious spread including turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese, pies, ice cream, and the lot, but things are slowly changing. Many people have opted for different kinds of diets like keto, paleo, or vegetarian, but veganism is the one that throws most people for a loop. Veganism is the new trend that is slowly but surely making its way into mainstream practices. One may become vegan for different reasons. Some people become vegan for health reasons and others for animal rights.

But no matter what the reason, there is a way to celebrate like everyone else during the holidays with tasty treats like these vegan Thanksgiving appetizers. Despite what you may be thinking, people who choose a vegan diet can eat just as well as anybody else. 

Before you prepare the food, it is best to start with a game plan. The vegan life forces you to be on top of your diet anyway in order to remain healthy, but it doesn’t have to be as hard as a lot of people think. With that said, go through some of your favorite recipes. Once you get your menu sorted, get to work on substitutions. Some of your recipes may require you to swap out a few ingredients for some vegan-friendly options. You could also include a variety of salads and casseroles. Having a few heavier options can take the place of the heavier non-vegan options like turkey, ham, as well as macaroni and cheese. And this is actually quite easy to do. The mistake you don’t want to make is creating a small menu without the appetizers and then skimping on the desserts. There are options and dishes you can call on to create a well-rounded spread, and if you are at a loss, allow me to help you out with a few ideas!



As for the appetizers, you can choose a few light options that will compliment your Thanksgiving theme, pleasantly surprise your guests, and leave people wanting more. My recommendations are:

  • Spinach Puffs with Cashew cheese
  • Walnut Sage and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin or Butternut Squash Soup
  • Vegan Charcuterie Board (featuring hummus, crackers, vegetables, spinach and artichoke dip, olive tapenade, cashew cheese, sliced baguette, grapes, etc.)


Main Course

Now that you have your appetizer menu completed, you can move on to the main course spread. This is where you want to put your heavier dishes like casseroles. Here are a few ideas you can use to ramp up your Thanksgiving menu.

  • Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy
  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Spaghetti Squash and Vegan Meat Sauce
  • Kale and Cranberry Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Mung Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Souffle
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Garlic and Heb Butternut Squash
  • Green Bean Casserole



Now, on to the best part of Thanksgiving: the desserts! Contrary to popular belief, you have just as many options here as you do with a non-vegan Thanksgiving menu. Here are a few crowd-pleasers!

  • Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
  • Cashew-based Cream Cheesecake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake
  • Creme Brulee
  • Vegan Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie Truffles
  • Vegan Lemon Flan
  • Vegan Tiramisu
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie

All of these options would be great for a vegan Thanksgiving appetizer. Just like that, you can go from clueless to having too many options to choose from. Once you nail down your favorites, create your menu from there. All of these dishes are easy to find on the internet and relatively simple to make. Either way, whichever dishes you choose, you’ll be able to host a Vegan Thanksgiving dinner that will wow anyone!


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