How to Host Feasts, Gatherings and Family Dinners using Vegan and Plant-Based Foods
In many households, when someone says they’re planning a feast, there’s a guest sure to assume (or expect) meat to be involved. Visually, they may picture Homer Simpson’s BBQ with the apple-mouthed pork roast or, more realistically, the usual roasted turkey, duck or picky child-friendly chicken.
Whether the occasion might be a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, a gathering for a special milestone or just a grand family dinner, it’s becoming more and more possible, and creative, to form big-day dishes using plant-based ingredients without having someone quickly point out it’s vegan, or it’s not “real meat,” after the first bite.
With our deliciously curated list, you’ll now have exceptionally flavourful dishes that will answer the question, “What do vegans eat for Thanksgiving?” “Christmas?” “Easter?” and other family or friend-filled events while also having even the most loyal meat eaters asking for seconds and thirds.
Plant-Based Main Dish Ideas
For when it’s your turn to host, these dinner feature ideas will result in quicker prep, emptied plates and easier dishwashing. (Real turkeys and other meaty roasts are -so- time-consuming, but they won’t admit that).
Cater to the Turkey Lovers
It’s the same colour as a cooked turkey, it has a skin like a cooked turkey, it slices like a cooked turkey, but it’s not a cooked turkey! Easy to make same-day, or in advance, this Vegan Turkey Roast serves 4-5 people; perfect as a vegan Thanksgiving main! The leftovers, if any, also taste fantastic in the post-holiday sandwiches.
For the Feast with a Different Beast
Soul-filled to make any guest feel like they’re being treated to African American Thanksgiving food, try this Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf. No gravy needed, and it’s gluten-free, grain-free and soy-free.
Big Dinner Table, Smaller Grocery Budget
Plant-Based Side Dish Ideas
Perfect accompaniments to a meat-free, or even meat-filled, main, these plant-based side dishes will speak for themselves in flavour and eating fun.
For Plated Seating or a Potluck
Fantastic finger food, even for formal occasions, guests will love Popcorn Cauliflower in a Creamy Bonnet Sauce. Warning: They may become a new tradition as far as your vegan Thanksgiving side dishes go.
Tip: Replace the Scotch Bonnet Peppers with our Kula Scotch Bonnet BBQ Sauce, or skip making the recipe’s sauce and simply bowl ours, saving a few steps and ingredients.
Fries, But Make ‘em Fancy
Special Occasion, But Make it Cajun
Inspired by the South, enjoy this freezer-friendly recipe for Vegan Cajun Cornbread Dressing; easy to make and store away for a special day.
Plant-Based Dessert Ideas
Serve the Pie, Hold the Pumpkin
This year, opt for a Sweet Potato Pie that can be topped with tasty pecans and coconut whipped cream for added sweetness, Mmmm!
Okay, Don’t Hold the Pumpkin
You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie, and neither will your guests, unless they’re also vegan; win-win either way.
For the Apple-Loyal
Serve up a slice of this Martha-approved Vegan Apple Pie!
Looking for other ingredients to inspire vegan Thanksgiving ideas, or dishes for additional delectable occasions? Check out popular plant-based options including Kula Ginger Beef, BBQ Chick-Un and the recipe-versatile Protein Bundle.