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10 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes That Are Good Enough To Make You Forget Turkey Exists

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Eating a healthy plant based diet during Thanksgiving can be quite tough.  I actually don’t think my family serves any healthy plants during Thanksgiving…everything that goes on our table is covered in butter or cheese or marshmallows.  That's not a problem if you're eating other food, but if you're stuck just scooping from the veggie dishes, you're probably dreading the day. So let me suggest cooking something out of the ordinary this year that fits in with your lifestyle and doesn't make you feel gross.

*(The images pictured below are not from the actual recipes)*

1.  Tempeh Bacon Stuffing

Stuffing in a skillet

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I’ll tell you what, I would put my grandmother’s Thanksgiving stuffing up against the toughest chefs out there.  I’m looking at you Flay, Fieri, and Ramsay.  But this recipe here is delicious and ranks right up there on my list.  I’m sorry Grandma…

2.  Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf

Apple and walnut loaf

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Walnuts and apples are staple foods when it comes to the holiday season.  This loaf is packed with protein and vegetables, which make it a great side dish for Thanksgiving.  Or you can eat lots of loaf and make it your main dish.  Which you may, because it sounds amazing.

3.  Acorn Squash Stuffed With Wild Rice

Acorn squash stuffed with rice next to silverware

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I am a gourd fanatic.  I tend to be partial to acorn squash because of how easy they are to stuff with pretty much anything.  Fact: food tastes better when it’s stuffed with other food.

4.  Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

Mashed potatoes with mushrooms

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If you don’t have mashed potatoes and gravy on your Thanksgiving plate then you’re just doing it all wrong.

5.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa

Brussels sprouts salad

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Quinoa is a great source of COMPLETE protein.  This recipe is from Thug Kitchen, so if swearing offends you then I suggest ear muffs…

6.  Shepherd's Pie

Baked shepards pie

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Give me a cold pint of Guinness and a shepherd’s pie any day of the week.  I'll take a pillow and a comfy bed shortly after.  This vegan friendly version contains parsnips; the carrot's odd, yet delicious cousin.  Speaking of carrots, those are in here too…making this a family reunion of sorts.

7.  Tempeh Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed portobello mushroom

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Like I said, food stuffed with other food.  Turkey has officially been replaced this Thanksgiving with tempeh.  Spread the word.

8.  Creamy Broccoli And Rice Casserole

Vegetable casserole on a white plate

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Casserole is on my family's dinner table every Thanksgiving.  Here's a vegan take on an old fashioned meal that you're going to love.

9.  Cauliflower Steaks With Mushroom Gravy

Roasted cauliflower steak

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Who knew cauliflower could be turned into a steak???  Here is a great way to try a twist on a classic winter vegetable.

10.  Chocolate Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Chocolate cranberry cake on a white plate

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It’s the morning after Thanksgiving and you have gallons of cranberry sauce leftover.  What do you do with it?  Obviously, you make a breakfast cake and enjoy the hell out of it!