With an emphasis on dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes and casserole, Thanksgiving meals can be tough for anyone who follows a vegan diet. Fortunately, there are plenty of vegan-friendly Thanksgiving sides that are sure to be a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike. From cozy vegan mac ‘n’ cheese to a vegan stuffed pumpkin dish that just screams autumn, TikTok chefs have a vegan Thanksgiving side for every palate. Here are five of the best vegan Thanksgiving sides on TikTok.
These vegan pear and cinnamon stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect sweet and savory alternative to a marshmallow-covered sweet potato casserole. Start by roasting whole sweet potatoes. Then make a filling by sautéing chopped onions, pears and spices. Scoop out the insides of the sweet potatoes, mix them with the pear filling, and add some cinnamon and maple syrup. Then, place the filling back inside the sweet potatoes, top with dried cranberries, and bake until heated through.
The creator of this recipe swears this vegan mac ‘n’ cheese is the best you’ll ever eat — whether you’re vegan or not! To make your vegan cheese sauce, blend hot pimento peppers, nutritional yeast, spices, lemon juice, water and soaked cashews until smooth. Then, simply heat the vegan cheese sauce on the stove, mix in a box of cooked elbow noodles, and your vegan mac ‘n’ cheese is ready to eat!
If you’re craving more traditional Thanksgiving sides, try this vegan take on a classic green bean casserole! First, soak a thinly sliced onion in unsweetened almond milk, and set it aside. Then, cook mushrooms, onions and almond milk in a pan, adding a mixture of tapioca starch, more almond milk and coconut milk once the veggies soften. Next, mix in cooked green beans and bake in the oven. Meanwhile, coat the thinly sliced onion in tapioca starch and coconut flour, fry until golden brown, and sprinkle them on top of the green bean casserole.
These maple roasted Brussels sprouts are so flavorful and easy to make. Just halve Brussels sprouts, and toss them in a bowl with olive oil, spices, maple syrup and sriracha. Then place them on a baking sheet, and roast them until crispy. The final Brussels sprouts should be sweet, spicy and just a little bit crispy.
This vegan stuffed pumpkin makes such a hearty side. To make it, halve a pumpkin, scoop out the interior, and bake it. Then sauté onions, garlic, broccoli, lentils, pomegranate seeds, vegan feta and spices. Once the veggies are cooked through, place them in the pumpkin. Then garnish with balsamic glaze and more vegan feta.
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