The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu

Being vegan doesn’t mean giving up the Thanksgiving foods you once loved. On the contrary, it’s a great opportunity to introduce delicious vegan dishes to your friends and family and create new animal-friendly traditions!

We’ve scoured the depths of the internet to bring you recipes for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Use it thelp you with your holiday meal planning!

1. Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

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2. Porcini Mushroom Gravy

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3. Cool Cranberry Sauce

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4. Sensational Stuffing

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5. Miraculous Mac n Cheese

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6. Ridiculously-good Rolls

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7. Sweet Potato Casserole

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8. Green Bean Casserole

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9. Holiday Roast! Also check out Tofurky and Field Roast’s holiday options.

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10. Last, but not least: Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

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What are some of YOUR cruelty-free Thanksgiving traditions?

Senator Cory Booker Goes Vegan!

By Toni Okamoto

Great news! Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey announces that he will try to be vegan through the holidays! Not only is he trying his hand at veganism, he is also participating in activism by challenging his favorite ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, to create a non-dairy option. Sign the petition here!

You can send him a supportive tweet @CoryBooker, or comment on his Instagram @CoryBooker.

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Excerpts from ABC News, November 25th, 2014, A Vegan Thanksgiving With Cory Booker:

“Though the 45-year-old politician has been meat-free since before he was Newark mayor, this is the first time he’s excluding dairy from his diet and vowing to stick to it. During a question-and-answer session on the site Reddit, Booker admitted going vegan once before, but caving in quickly.

Already three weeks in, the senator, re-elected earlier this month, tweeted that he loves his “vegan experiment” and he’s learning a lot. He also has been re-tweeting recipes.”

True Thanksgiving Turkey Facts

By Toni Okamoto

While compiling my own list of True Thanksgiving Turkey Facts, I was surprised to find this well-done infograph by Business Insider.

Turkeys live very sad lives before they are slaughtered at the young age 3-5 months old. You can help by choosing compassionate alternatives. Try planning a cruelty-free Thanksgiving with our Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu!

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*It appears there is a mistake in this infographic regarding 1 million turkeys being boiled alive. Based on 2013 USDA slaughter statistics, 614,062 chickens and 16,996 turkeys are drowned in hot water. But the idea is the same — eating turkeys leads to many of them being scalded before drowning.

Another Pro NFL Player Adopts Vegan Diet

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Exerpts from Ecorazzi, November 13th, 2014, NFL Pro Embraces Vegan Lifestyle for Top Health and Fitness:

“Griff Whalen, the wide receiver for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is the latest athlete to adopt a vegan diet for optimal health and fitness results.

The 24-year-old, who is the Colts’ go-to guy for punts and kicks, weighs 190-lbs and apparently has one of the most enviable bodies on his team. Not surprisingly, Whalen adheres to a plant-based diet.”