So you’re having Thanksgiving or need to bring a dish?
Let’s move beyond bringing a simple salad! This will be my first Thanksgiving as a dairy free cook and I wanted options, people. What better time to put together the first ever recipe roundup? Thanks to generous food bloggers, we have you covered (all pictures are shared with permission.) I recommend choosing one or two things that are labor intensive (such as the turkey) and making quick or make-ahead versions of the other dishes.
Most turkeys need about 5 days to defrost in the refrigerator (the safest way.) The night before I roast, I like to put the bird in the roasting rack (in the fridge) to let the skin get nice and dry. This gives me awesome crispy skin.
I recommend Food Wishes’ turkey by chef John for beginners. His style has been described as the Bob Ross of food. He’s easy to follow and won’t make cooking a turkey seem like rocket science. Watch his videos as many times as you need to feel comfortable and substitute vegan butter for the butter called for.
If you’d like to push the (gravy) boat out a little, brine your bird ahead of time. Alton Brown is a definite favorite in this house, his recipe was my go to until I started inventing my own brines.
My Back Pocket Turkey Roast is great for a smaller crowd and you can free up counter space using your slow cooker or instant pot.
Top this roasted butternut squash soup with coconut cream as a warming way to start the meal or hold people over until dinner is ready
You know those crescent rolls at every Thanksgiving? They’re dairy free.
Veggie Inspired has put together this delicious whole wheat pumpkin maple cornbread. This won’t just be a Thanksviging treat in this house, it’s going to help me welcome fall.
The rising spoon submitted three beautiful recipes. These apple harvest muffins sound like the perfect way to start Thanksgiving morning or finish the meal. They also included cranberry sauce and a green beans recipe to enjoy.
Build your bite has put together the real, deal, classic stuffing. If you’d prefer you can add turkey or chicken broth. Cut up your bread and veggies the day before. Then you can throw it all together in a couple minutes.
Want a different stuffing? How about a buckwheat pilaf? A great option when someone else is bringing the classic. Plus, this has healthy whole grains and can easily be made a day ahead.
In the South we definitely have a thing for pecans. If a friend is watching carbs, bring this beautiful pecan stuffing. People will think you’re SO clever to bring something unique! This is also a great make-ahead option.
Use my microwave mashed potatoes to free up valuable stove top space. If you’re making more than the microwave can hold, use the stove top and double or triple the recipe.
Roasted Sweet potatoes and pears come together in this simple, elegant dish. Cut your sweet potatoes ahead of time to make life easier.
This recipe is SO SIMPLE. A few ingredients and a savory take on the sweet potato. Cut your potatoes and stack them in muffin tins ahead of time.
This colorful paleo muffin tin sweet potato mash is so pretty. For my friends on the Paleo wagon, trade ghee for dairy free butter. This clever cook has included instant pot and oven directions, in case you need to free up some space on the big day (who doesn’t?) Instant pots also transport things very well if you’d like to bring this to a friend’s get-together.
I’m just going to say three words: Candied Nut Topping.
I’m always happy to see a savory take of this sweet potato mash and when you add carmelized onions? I’m a little weak in the knees. You can carmelize the onions ahead of time.
Perfect for beginners, this cranberry orange relish recipe is three ingredients and all you need is to pulse it in the food processor.
A make ahead maple cinnamon cranberry pear sauce that you can simmer on the stove. If you’ve never been in a house full of simmering cranberry sauce, you’re in for a delicious smelling treat!
This clever cook copies Julia Child and adds red wine for cranberry sauce with red wine and ginger (ALWAYS a good decision.)
This baked cauliflower is a great way to bring something unique to dinner or even use as a main dish for my vegan friends.
There will never be enough pies at Thanksgiving. And a savory shepard’s pie? YES.
These roasted balsamic carrots with onions come together with just a few ingredients. By the way, all this blogger’s recipes are 5 ingredients or less!
This beautiful use of root vegetables is a great beginner side dish. You can easily peel vegetables the day before and toss them together when it’s time to roast.
Sweet pomegranate molasses dressing tossed with apples (and friends, it’s apple season!)
You know that friend who swears there will never be enough bacon? Serve them these.
Asparagus is always so elegant and this balsamic asparagus recipe comes together very fast.
A great beginner carrot dish with an unexpected warmth from cumin.
These cardamom spiced carrots come together quickly on the stovetop with some unique spices.
This blog took things a step further. Not only do we have bacon, but we have honey mustard bacon wrapped green beans. My mouth is watering…
Want the classic green bean casserole? Substitute cream of mushroom soup for golden mushroom soup. It’s dairy free! Easy peasy.
Rich, delicious creamy, coconut milk roasted acorn squash. Trade parmesan for Nutritional yeast or top with grated nutmeg.
This beautiful squash with curried lentils is a great dish to bring. Cook the squash and lentils separately, then at your destination assemble and warm in the oven for a few minutes.
I really want these ginger mustard miso Brussel sprouts on my dinner table! Roast for ten minutes, then top with dressing. Make the dressing ahead of time, this dish comes together quickly.
Creamy tahini dressing gets tossed with veggies in this brocolli Brussel sprout salad. You can prepare vegetables in advance, toss right before serving.
Crustless pumpkin pie made in the slow cooker, throw it in the morning of and it will be ready and warm when you are !
Apple galette topped with Vegan caramel! Skip the crimping and just fold over pie crust.
If you want the classic pumpkin pie, use the recipe listed above and instead of evaporated milk, substitute half the amount called for with dairy free milk of choice.
My brown sugar Bourbon apple pie is always a crowd pleaser. You can bake pies the day before or in the morning. This gives the filling time to cool and ‘set up’ for the perfect, non-runny pie slice.