Compassionate Holidays Give Thanks With Compassion

Step 1: Plan Ahead

If you're going to be a guest at the table, let your hosts know you don't consume animal products ahead of time. You can help by asking what you can bring and how you can help prepare the meal. Make a list of your holiday favorites or follow our suggested recipes to easily veganize traditional meals.
You don't have to try to convince your entire family to go vegan over the holidays. The message might be better received when they are more open to hearing it. Live by example and plant seeds of compassion.

Step 2: Explore Convenient Vegan Holiday Foods

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!

  • Tofurky Roast, brought to you by Turtle Island Foods, is a pre-cooked vegan feast. Made from a tofu-wheat protein blend, Tofurky is known for its great texture and flavor. Enhanced with a deliciously moist stuffing, we think you'll love it.
  • Field Roast has created an amazing veggie stuffed entrée that’s perfect for the holidays. Each roast is made by hand, wrapped in cotton netting, and simmered to perfection. It is complete with a stuffing made of butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms.
  • SO Delicious has made a delicious coconut milk beverage with the sensational flavors of mint chocolate and nog to help meet all of your holiday needs.
  • Gardein is the manufacturer of this versatile fresh product. The Veggie Turkey Breast with Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing is available at natural food stores for the holidays.
  • Silk Seasonal Nog offers all the creamy, rich flavor of eggnog without the eggs, dairy, saturated fat or cholesterol. Sprinkle on a little nutmeg and enjoy!
  • Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are a cruelty-free alternative to traditional marshmallows. Melt them on top of a sweet potato casserole or toss them into hot chocolate for a delicious holiday treat!

Step 3: Veganize Your Favorite Holiday Recipes

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:

Try New Recipes!

Step 4: Find Community

Share the vegan journey with new friends! If you’re new to animal-free eating and looking to enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving or other vegan gathering, find an event near you. Organizing your own potluck? Register your event and request free literature!


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.