It's easy to enjoy many Thanksgiving sides without the meat, dairy and eggs simply by replacing animal ingredients with their plant-based equivalents. In fact, many traditional holiday side dishes are mostly plant-based to begin with. Mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes are all vegan (simply use non-dairy milks and vegan butter as needed). For more on this, see Step 3 below. The same can be said for the main course! Choose any of these delicious products without compromising texture or taste. The turkeys will thank you!
It's easy to make almost any recipe vegan simply by substituting ingredients. Veganizing some of your old favorite recipes is a great way to get further down the vegan path. Here's how:
The holidays are a great time to spread compassion by helping animals and humans alike. Get in the holiday spirit by organizing a vegan food drive in your community! Check out the Compassionate Activist Network guide for tips on getting started.
Tip: Holidays are an easy time to slip up and revert to eating animal products. It's even harder for new and aspiring vegans. Remember that if you stumble, it's not the end of the journey — keep trying! Every meal is an opportunity for a fresh start.