Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

on Nov 22 in Blog by Michelle Whitmer

The Thanksgiving celebration continues! Tonight’s featured recipe is Heavenly Vegan Mashed Potatoes! And I’m sharing links to some other killer vegetarian recipes that are great for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. Shoot, these recipes are perfect for the rest of Fall and Winter, so bookmark and enjoy!

And no post on a vegetarian Thanksgiving would be complete without addressing non-meat turkey options. My all-time favorite turkey substitute is Quorn’s Turk’y Roast, which can be found at health food stores like Whole Foods.

This year I’m trying Tofurkey brand’s Roast and Gravy box set. This set includes a tofu-wheat ‘turkey’ roast stuffed with wild rice and whole wheat bread crumb stuffing, and their signature gravy that has Tofurkey Roast cubes added for savory flavor. I’ve had the Tofurkey roast before and liked it, but I usually get Quorn’s roast and Tofurkey’s gravy. This year I felt like switching it up. So I’ll let you know the verdict.

Now onto those vegan mashed potatoes!

Heavenly Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Serves 5 to 7 heaping portions.


4 potatoes (yukon or russet), peeled and cut into chunks
1/3 cup rice milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) vegan butter (Smart Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup Tofutti sour cream or Tofutti cream cheese, your choice
2 tablespoons chives, diced or thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste


1. Boil potatoes over medium-high heat for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.
2. While the potatoes boil, heat rice milk, vegan butter and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once mixture comes to a simmer.
3. Drain the potatoes into a strainer or colander and return them to the pot. Lightly mash the potatoes.
4. Pour rice milk and butter mixture over the potatoes, a little at a time, and mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
5. Stir in Tofutti sour cream or cream cheese and chives, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Garnish with any leftover chives and melted butter, and serve warm.

Other Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Honey-Roasted Acorn Squash Rings

Gluten-Free Apple-Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Pumpkin Seed Battered Cutlets with Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Vegan Sweet Potato-Spelt Biscuits

Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

For a quick collection of vegetarian holiday recipes click here and here.

Yoga for the Holidays

Time for more motivation to keep your body and mind moving stress-free during the holidays!

Simply folding forward a few times a day will relieve tension in the back and hamstrings.

  • The low back can really tighten up while standing in the kitchen cooking for extended periods of time. Bust out these two poses a couple times for instant relief: Alternate Chair Pose with Forward Fold when you find a few minutes to spare.
  • My arms got temporarily sore mixing back-to-back batters tonight! Doing Eagle Arms and clasping my hands behind my back did the trick by stretching out and soothing my tight arm muscles.
  • Feeling back pain after a day in the kitchen or entertaining guests? Take just 20 or 30 minutes to do these poses for effective back pain relief!


Only two more days until the Thanksgiving feast! What’s one of your favorite dishes to savor on Thanksgiving?

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