A Vegan Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving can be a rough time, particularly for new vegans that still celebrate with meat-eating family. It’s not easy sometimes to handle the chides that come with eating differently from everyone else at the table. And, especially the first time, it can be hard to resist the comfort food we remember from our childhood. There’s been a lot written about how to do a vegan Thanksgiving, but hey, there can always be a little more, right?

So, here are some ways to help get you through the holiday season stuffed and happy.

Get to cooking!

Whether you’re spending a quiet Thanksgiving at home or braving an evening of stupid questions and taunts from 20 family members, there are some great resources online to help you get cooking and make sure that you not only have something to eat, but something to wow the rest of the family as well.

I got a peek at Nava Atlas’ significantly updated version of A Bountiful Vegan Thanksgiving e-book and it’s mighty impressive. It features 65 recipes in all, including Nava’s own as well as contributions from all your favorite veg cookbook authors and bloggers (among them: Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Dreena Burton, Jill Nussinow, and Bryanna Clark Grogan). The e-book sells for $8.95 and all profits go to “humanitarian charities concerned with hunger, microfinancing for women in developing countries, and the alleviation of human trafficking.”

Then, over at Vegan.com, there’s a guest post from Robin Robertson (author of many cookbooks, including the new and massive 1,000 Vegan Recipes). A full Thanksgiving menu is presented. The Triple Cranberry Relish and Ginger-Dusted Pumpkin Cheezecake sound mighty good. (Last year’s guest post is also still available.)

Go to a real Thanksgiving…

And by that, I mean a celebration that doesn’t involve killing turkeys. Why not hang out with some turkeys instead? Sanctuaries around the country have vegan Thanksgiving get-togethers. The one at Poplar Spring is my favorite event of the year — imagine a vegan potluck with 300 people bringing dishes. Hot damn.

Below is a sampling of sanctuaries and their Thanksgiving events.

Vegetarian and Vegan organizations also tend to do Thanksgiving meals on or around Thanksgiving, so check in with your local groups to see if there’s any thing to get involved in.

Read Things

This is a good time of year to dig into More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality by UPC’s Karen Davis (here’s a Google Books version). The level of detail is impressive — you’ll learn something. Trust me.

Feel free to share your favorite vegan Thanksgiving events, recipes, or books.

7 Responses to “A Vegan Thanksgiving”

  1. Recipe Friday … More on Thanksgiving. « Vegan Hope

    […] It’s less than a week away. No worries, I’ve got some great recipes for Thanksgiving this week! First, my friend Ryan over at The Veg Blog has a post about Thanksgiving definitely worth checking out.. you can find it here. […]

  2. bazu

    I’m so looking forward to Thanksgiving! We are very lucky in that we are NOT obligated to spend the day with either of our families… ;-)

  3. kumudha


    The Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) will have its annual Thanksgiving feast and raffle at one of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, Café Parizäde in Durham, NC. Parizäde has a gourmet flair for fresh ingredients with Mediterranean influences, and this will be TVS’ 11th consecutive Thanksgiving there (and 16th annual Thanksgiving Feast at an area restaurant). We believe that for the sixth year in a row, we will host the country’s largest vegetarian Thanksgiving

  4. Ray Lovegrove

    Readers of your blog who are vegetarian or vegan and attempting self-sufficiency (at some level from window sill herbs to a full food producing farm) may be interested in a new, not for profit, website. The Self-sufficient Vegetarian can be found at: http://tssveg.ning.com.

  5. Stacey

    Thank you for this information! I am the only vegetarian in my family but my husband is semi-veg so he is on his way.. I am trying to find a vegan event to attend and your list will help. Thanks so much for caring about our animal friends!

  6. Ryan

    Stacey — note that this is last year’s list, but thanks for reminding me I should do an updated version for this year!

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