Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Day Dinner Guide

How to Plan

The secret to cooking all this food, and staying sane, is to plan.

(and if you're me, REMEMBER TO PLAN!)

Now, I must give thanks to Ina Garten quickly: I was browsing one of her books in B&N. It was new at the time and, well, because Ina doesn't cook anything I can eat, I didn't buy the book, BUT there was this one little tip that jumped out at me and changed my cooking life forever.

Ina writes out a "game plan" for each meal she makes. It's extraordinarily detailed, down to "5:30p.m. preheat oven to 350F."

(Btw, as Ina will attest, writing your game plan down makes a huge difference! Write it down, don't just keep it in your head!)

When cooking big feasts or multi-dish meals, I'd always kept a handy list of the recipes I was making, and I typically gave some thought about when I should cook which dish (in what order) but I was never terribly specific about it.

Here's my game plan for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Game Plan outline

Recipes included in the Game Plan

  • Hippie Loaf
  • Thanksgiving Gravy
  • Dirty Mashed Potatoes
  • Dijon-Herb Green Beans
  • Traditional Stuffing
  • Harvest Cornbread
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Butternut Soup

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Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of leftovers, but I find Thanksgiving foods are an exception. (I'm a glutton for mashed potatoes and gravy...). I've also found creative ways to repurpose my leftovers into a new dish, too.

So here are some ideas on how to give your leftovers a makeover!

  • Cornbread: Last year we had a ton of cornbread leftover (I'm not really sure how that happened), so I repurposed it into the "Chorizo" and Cornbread Stuffing in (HHC, p. 196).
  • Sweet Potatoes: Leftover sweet potatoes can turn into a new meal (use your meal plan recipes as your guide — we utilized sweet potatoes as an entree many times on the plans! Especially for breakfast and dinner) or make twice-baked sweet potatoes!
  • Bread: Use leftover bread to make Bread Pudding (HHA, p. 156, French Toast or Marmalade French Toast EHH, p. 40). You can also make croutons and bruschetta (like the Breakfast Fruit Bruschetta featured on the meal plans!)
  • Mashed Potatoes: I've made a makeshift Shepard's pie using up leftover mashed potatoes, green beans + other veg, and mushroom gravy (I thinned it out with broth + almond milk).
  • Cranberry Sauce: I'm almost embarrassed to admit how much I like baked tofu covered in cranberry sauce!
  • (or on my pancakes — it makes a great topping for Courtney's Waffles (HHA, p. 160) too!)
  • Corn: Use leftover corn to make Corn Pudding (HHC, p. 173) or Aztec Corn Soup (HHC, p. 61).
  • Stuffing: Take some of that leftover stuffing and stuff some mushrooms! Just sub the pesto in the Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms (HHA, p. 99).
  • Green beans: Give those green beans a makeover by turning them into a Skillet Green Bean Casserole (HHA, p. 270).
  • Pumpkin Puree: Not sure what to do with that leftover pumpkin puree? See my previous post on 8 different ways you can reuse it (with recipes!!)

Thanksgiving recipes to make from the blog:

But you should really just download our FREE Thanksgiving Game Plan that includes a useful shopping list, step-by-step game plan for a perfectly timed meal, our family favorite recipes, and pumpkin pie!

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Thanksgiving Recipes from Happy Herbivore Cookbooks

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings:

  • Butternut Soup 3 Ways (p. 12)
  • Thanksgiving Loaf (p. 15) <— way better than faux meat!
  • Mushroom Gravy (p. 16)
  • Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 16)
  • Mashed Potatoes 12 Ways (p. 18)
  • Asparagus Casserole (p. 19)
  • Cornbread (p. 19)
  • Skillet Green Bean Casserole (p. 19)
  • Traditional Stuffing (p. 20)
  • No-Sugar Cranberry Sauce (p. 23)
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (p. 23)
  • Fat-Free Pumpkin Pie (p. 24)
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash for Two (p. 24)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake (p. 26)
  • Rum Cake (p. 40)
  • "Cheese" Ball (p. 46)
  • Black Eyed Pea Collard Greens (p. 61)
  • Creamed Kale (p. 65)
  • Creamed Spinach (p. 65)
  • Brown Gravy (p. 87)
  • Beet Salad (p. 120)
  • Savory Glazed Carrots (p. 123)
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies (p. 27) << you read that right!

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean:

  • Olive Gravy (p. 34)
  • Classic Cornbread (p. 55)
  • Butternut Soup (p. 106)
  • Cajun Corn Chowder (p. 111)
  • Chipotle Harvest Chili (p. 115)
  • Pumpkin Chili (p. 118)
  • Lemony Asparagus (p. 183)
  • Easy Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (p. 187)
  • Quick Gravy (p. 188)
  • Everyday Mushroom Gravy (p. 189)
  • Deviled "Eggs" (p. 203)

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook:

  • Cornbread (p. 49)
  • Sweet & Spicy Butternut Soup (p. 59)
  • Garden Chowder (p. 71)
  • 5-Spice Harmony Bowl (p. 122) (*perfect for those dining solo!)
  • Seitan Pot Roast (p. 133)
  • Torkey (Tofu Turkey) (p. 152)
  • Baked Shells & Cheese (p. 156)
  • Corn Pudding (p. 173)
  • Mashed Potatoes (p. 190)
  • Traditional Stuffing (p. 195)
  • Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196)
  • Dijon-Herb Green Beans (p. 199)
  • Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 255)
  • Cranberry Sauce (p. 267)
  • Pumpkin Pie (p. 218)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake (p. 221)

Everyday Happy Herbivore:

  • Glazed Pumpkin Biscuits (p. 57)
  • Harvest Cornbread (p. 65)
  • Quick Sweet Potato Soup (p. 94)
  • Cauliflower Pumpkin Curry (p. 146)
  • Greens Quiche (p. 152)
  • Quick Pumpkin-Sage Pasta (p. 199)
  • Roasted Carrots (p. 221)
  • Rainbow Greens (p. 235)
  • Apple Fritter Cups (p. 248)

Happy Herbivore Abroad:

  • Colcannon (p.60)
  • German Potato Salad (p. 63)
  • Mediterranean Chard (p. 67)
  • Savory Glazed Carrots (p. 74)
  • Roasted Tomato Pilaf (p. 124)
  • Asparagus Quiche (p. 162)
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash (p. 254)

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