If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might already be feeling the stress of making sure you’ll have plenty of food that the whole family will love– especially that cousin you have that conveniently decided to go vegan JUST in time for your Thanksgiving celebration. Yeah, we all have those relatives. You are not alone.
And no, there’s nothing wrong with being vegan, and I fully support those who make that choice. However, I will most likely (read: definitely) not be one of those people in this lifetime. My love for dairy and meat runs far too deep.
Truth be told, there are actually a ton of tasty vegan side dishes you can easily whip up to appease even the pickiest and most demanding of relatives. In fact, they’re so good, even your non-vegan family members can enjoy them. After all, Thanksgiving is all about keeping the peace, right?
1. Maple Mustard Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallots
Don’t get me wrong– I know this can’t take the place of a traditional sweet potato casserole, but it might come in a close second! It’s easy to make and is sure to please. Get the full recipe for Maple Mustard Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallots here.
2. Stuffing Poppers with Cranberry Jalapeno Dipping Sauce
This recipe makes for a great Thanksgiving side even a tasty appetizer. The recipe states that the cranberry dipping sauce isn’t “required,” but I don’t think you’ll want to skimp on it! Get the full recipe here.
This Mess is Ours
3. The “Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes”
I mean, the name kind of speaks for itself on this one! While nothing can beat the taste of real mashed potatoes, this recipe is a great copycat!
4. Vegan Mac and Cheese with Creamy Cauliflower
I’m a firm believer that everyone should be able to enjoy the tasty deliciousness that is macaroni and cheese, so I’m all for this recipe. Granted, you probably will still find me next to the mac n cheese made with Velveeta and butter…but you know, old habits die hard.
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5. Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This recipe for balsamic glazed and roasted carrots is sure to be a hit! You likely have most of the ingredients required on-hand already– just grab a bag of carrots and give it a try!
Cravings of a Lunatic
If you’re looking for something on the not-so-vegan side, this bacon cheddar green bean casserole recipe is about as non-vegan as it gets. As far as other things you don’t want to forget leading up to your big feast– put together a simple and classy Thanksgiving centerpiece to dress up your table.