5 Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas To Bring To Grandma’s (That Everyone Will Love!)

I always find it interesting to think about how attached we become to certain dishes, especially around the holidays. In my family, the menu for our annual Thanksgiving meal does not change, even though our diets have changed over the years. We have always eaten the same dishes, and if one year even a single dish were to be missed, there would be major disappointment from at least one sibling!

These dishes are classic Thanksgiving fare: sweet potato casserole, stuffing, potatoes, cornbread, and a harvest salad. They are all vegan, and are sure to please everybody at your table, even those who think vegan food tastes awful.

Saweet! Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble (Vegan + GF)

This dish is a twist on the classic sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. It replaces the marshmallows with a delicious and healthy nut crumble. This dish is so good that sometimes I wish I could make it for dessert.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Herbs

This stuffing is anything but boring. It uses cornbread, fresh herbs, and savoury mushrooms as a vegan alternative to traditional bread stuffing which is either stuffed inside the turkey or baked separately and covered in gravy. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without stuffing, and I think you’ll agree that this recipe does a great job of pleasing everybody.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli

No Thanksgiving meal could be prepared without at least one potato dish. While this recipe is unconventional, Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows says that she got hooked on this dish from the first time she incorporated it into her Thanksgiving menu. It is a twist on roasted potatoes, and the creamy avocado aioli drizzled over-top the potatoes will be a huge hit with people who love dairy. This recipe accommodates most major allergens and is made without dairy, gluten, soy, or nuts.  

One Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread

This cornbread recipe would be great on its own, or used as the base for the cornbread stuffing recipe above. Sometimes cornbread (especially vegan cornbread!) can be dry, but the pumpkin puree adds richness and an excellent crumb. People love pumpkin, especially in the fall, and it brings lots of additional vitamins and nutrients to the bread. This cornbread makes a great alternative for biscuits or buns.


Fall Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash and Apples

This recipe is a keeper! While it is special enough for a holiday with the added sweet potatoes, pecans, and apples, it is simple and healthy enough to prepare for meals anytime. The quinoa and nuts are great sources of protein. This salad is so satisfying and will keep you full for a long time.

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  • Jeannie Manthos

    Just watch a documentary called what the health I’m very interested in starting plant based diet I’m on 8 different medications need to stOP eating chicken and fish like the doctors tell me