My 25 favorite plant-based Thanksgiving recipes

Growing up I was always more excited about the sides on our Thanksgiving table than the turkey.  While I still haven’t finalized the menu for Thursday, I’m confident that one or two of these dishes will make an appearance.

Even if you are planning on cooking a bird this holiday, It’s inevitable that you will have at least one person at your Thanksgiving dinner that is a Vegan or Vegetarian.  Don’t let them rely solely on a frozen Tofurky.  Think a bit outside of the box and you can surprise everyone with great options to compliment this most special of meals.   Most of these recipes are vegan, a few utilize a bit of dairy that can be substituted easily. Just click on the photo or the links to see the full recipe!

For me, cooking is about bringing everyone together, creating lasting memories and eating with abandon.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope it’s filled with joy happiness and delicious food!

If you make any of these recipes sure to tag them #scalingback on Instagram so I can see how they turned out!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a super simple dessert for the holiday!



Red kuri squash soup with miso + coconut milk | dairy-free, paleo and vegan |

Red Kuri Squash Soup – Vegan

Mushroom Walnut Pate – Vegan

Roasted Cauliflower Miso Soup, 30 minute dairy-free soup |

Roasted Cauliflower and Miso Soup – Vegan



cauliflower fritters

Cauliflower fritters with tahini yogurt sauce

vegan stuffed cabbage rolls |

Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Roasted Cauliflower Tomato and Chickpea Bowl -Vegan

Orange spiced cauliflower and squash bowl |

Orange Spiced Cauliflower and Squash Bowl – Vegan

Smoky mushroom and kale enchiladas {vegan + gluten-free} |

Smoky Mushroom and Kale Enchiladas – Vegan

Butternut squash noodles with creamy miso tahini sauce - Vegan and ready in less than 30 minutes

Butternut squash noodles with creamy miso tahini sauce – Vegan

Winter delicata squash bowl with hazelnut gremolata, also makes a healthy stuffing substitute for your Thanksgiving table |

Winter Delicata Squash Bowls – Vegan

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Butternut squash pasta with fried sage and hazelnuts – Vegan

millet pilaf with butternut squash, mushrooms and pomegranate

Millet Pilaf with butternut squash, mushrooms, and pomegranate – Vegan


Winter white cauliflower and fennel salad |

Winter White Cauliflower and fennel salad – Vegan

Plum, date and pistachio salad with ginger lime dressing

Plum, date and pistachio salad with ginger lime dressing – Vegan

Make sure to add this fennel, persimmon and pomegranate salad to your holiday table!

fuyu persimmon, fennel and pomegranate salad – Vegan

Toasted Bulgur Cauliflower and Kumquat Salad

Toasted Bulgur Cauliflower and kumquat salad – Vegan

Fall Harvest Salad – Vegan

celery root salad -

Celery root, fennel and grape salad – Vegan

Winter green, date and citrus salad {vegan} |

Winter green date and citrus salad – Vegan



The perfect addition to your holiday table, mashed cauliflower with hazelnut brown butter

Mashed Cauliflower with hazelnut brown butter

potatoes in garlicky chard broth -

Potatoes in garlicky chard broth – Vegan

Quicker Roasted Spaghetti Squash {New Year Reset Day 6} |

Roasted Spaghetti Squash – Vegan


Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie – Vegan

My favorite 25 plant-based Thanksgiving recipes |

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts – Vegan


My favorite 25 plant-based Thanksgiving recipes |

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding – Vegan

My favorite 25 plant-based Thanksgiving recipes |

White chocolate faux cheesecake – Vegan


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  • Meet Tina | Scaling Back Blog

    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

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