3 Vegan Thanksgiving Alternatives to Turkey (Beyond a Nut Roast)

With Thanksgiving coming up, food is about to take center stage in our lives.

If you're planning on hosting, it's worth bearing your vegan family and friends in mind so they don't feel left out.

Maybe you're vegan yourself and want to look for some more inventive alternatives to Turkey, or perhaps you're not vegan at all but just want to spice things up a bit.

Here are some great alternatives to turkey for a vegan Thanksgiving (that aren't a nut roast).

1. Stuffed Butternut Squash

TikTok user @connorvanscyoc shared their family's plant-based feast last year.

For the main course they enjoyed stuffed butternut squash.

They made three different stuffings, one including mushrooms, quinoa, kale, walnuts and garlic.

The second was made up of lentils, spinach, pistachios and red onion, while the third included cauliflower rice, carrots, celery, onions and walnuts.

All of those options sounds delicious.

2. Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Another video posted to TikTok by @donteatthehomies showed how to make a vegan friendly version of a green bean casserole.

Start by blanching your green beans for five minutes. Then melt some vegan butter in a pan and fry diced red onions, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and mushrooms.

In another pan, add some veggie broth and flour and let it thicken before setting aside.

Next add oat milk, veggie broth, lemon juice, coconut aminos and tahini to a pan, before putting in your flour mixture and mixing it all together.

Place your blanched green beans in a casserole dish and add your soup mixture to the fried vegetables and pour over the top of the dish before cooking in the oven.

3. Roasted Cauliflower

This delicious roasted cauliflower is a great alternative to turkey.

TikTok user @daphnekarlajo showed exactly how to make it.

The first and most important step is to make sure you have a pot that is large enough to boil a whole head of cauliflower.

Once that's sorted, cut off the leaves at the bottom and wash it well.

Bring salted water to a boil in your pot and place your cauliflower in. Let it boil for 15 minutes or until it's tender.

After that, carefully remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place half an onion, two cloves of garlic, one tomato, and half a bell pepper on a baking sheet.

Put that in the oven to roast for 20 minutes.

Once done, add half a cup of boiling water to a blender, with one cup of cashews, your roasted vegetables and salt and pepper and blend that until you have a very smooth mixture.

Place your cooked cauliflower head in an ovenproof dish and cover it with your mixture and sprinkle the top with vegan almond parmesan.

Place it in the oven to roast for 20 minutes and then allow it to broil for five minutes.

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Family and friends enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. There are more vegan alternatives to turkey than you might think. Getty Images