Thanksgiving. You don’t want to burn yourself out cooking, but you feel that Thanksgiving should taste at least a little bit indulgent and really special. I also feel like it is a justified time for special-occasion ingredients, such as a little oil, white flour, and sugar (although I’m not saying that food can’t taste indulgent without those ingredients). As Michael Greger says, “It’s not about what you eat on your birthday or Christmas (or Thanksgiving), it’s about what you eat every OTHER meal of the year.”
Here’s our typical menu for a WFPB Thanksgiving:
Mashed potatoesGravyRoasted vegetablesCornNutmeg and Thyme CarrotsStuffingCranberry sauceLentil loaf or other mainGreen SaladGreen bean casseroleFruit turkeyPumpkin pieChocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Roasted Nutmeg and Thyme Carrots
This delicious recipe for roasted carrots is from my sister Carrie. She’s an inspiration. She’s lost so much weight by switching to a whole food plant based diet, and all while her husband four kids are not necessarily fans of eating this way. Anyway, her carrots are SO yummy. Nutmeg and thyme seemed like an odd combination to me at first, but they are so good together! I like that they’re not doused in sugar or butter like many carrot recipes.
This idea is all over the internet and for good reason. It’s the perfect thing for kids, who love fruit and kabob sticks, and often don’t have a lot of things offered to them on Thanksgiving that they like (besides mashed potatoes and rolls, for some kids). This is the turkey I made last year, 2022. I didn’t have kabob sticks, but I could have pierced each line of fruit onto one. The beak and legs are pieces of orange peel, and the raspberry gaggle and raisin eyes are stuck on with peanut butter.
Sweet Potato Casserole
I love to eat a big green salad as the first part of a big meal. It blunts the blood sugar spike and just tastes and feels good. This Pear Pecan Green Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing is the BEST. I promise it will be a crowd pleaser! However, a poppyseed dressing is also really yummy and you can either make one or buy Brianna’s at the store, which is vegan. I like to pair it with pomegrante seeds, apples, and candied walnuts. Another current favorite of mine is my friend Valeria’s incredible Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potato Green Salad.
Green Bean Casserole
Chocolate Peanut Butter Silk Pie
I just want you to have dessert options. 🙂 Instead of a berry pie, I make this berry crisp which is SO GOOD. In the blog post, I have suggestions for plant-based ice creams to go with it. You can use frozen berries since berries are not in-season at Thanksgiving time.
Chocolate Chip Cookies