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American holiday Thanksgiving is traditionally about sharing feelings of love, friendship, kindness, and gratitude, however, these values can often fall short of the plate on the day.

Turkeys are often the centerpiece of the dinner table – a tradition that some celebrities, including vegan filmmaker Kevin Smith and veggie “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco – are trying to change. As well as the turkey, many other sauces and sides in the Thanksgiving food line up feature animal products, such as dairy.

However, here are 11 recipes for cruelty-free sides, sure to still impress the taste buds of your guests.

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11 Vegan Sides for a Compassionate Thanksgiving Feast

1. Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites with Hummus + Crispy Chickpeas

Anything bite sized is a people pleaser for kids and kids-at-heart!

Get the recipe here.

2. Chilli & Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Switch up the tried and tired classic roast potatoes with hasselback potatoes. The potatoes are sliced finely, not quite all the way. This lets the array of flavours soak in and makes the potatoes extra crispy!

Get the recipe here.

3. Thanksgiving Stuffing Poppers with Cranberry Jalapeno Dipping Sauce

Finger food with a kick! Falafel meets Thanksgiving classic dipping sauce.

Get the recipe here.

4. Easy vegan gravy

Gravy that you can drown your veggies in is a winner. This recipe skips the beef base in favour of miso, which delivers a similarly meaty taste.

Get the recipe here.

5. Roasted sweet potatoes and shallots with maple mustard sauce

You can eat these tender veggies like candy.

Get the recipe here.

6. Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Nothing quite beats the aroma of a homemade batch of bread. Savor the light, fluffy, melt-in-mouth buttery deliciousness of these rolls.

Get the recipe here.

7. Chipotle Sweet Potato Hummus

Layer. It. On. Everything. Thick.

Get the recipe here.

8. Pillowy-Soft Vegan Indian Naan Bread Recipe

vegan naan recipe

It’s authentic. It’s easy. It’s positively delicious and pairs perfectly with any main or condiment.

Get the recipe here.

9. Dairy Free Vegan Green Bean Casserole

 The best part? You can eat as much of it as you want without worrying about succumbing to Thanksgiving overindulgence.

Get the recipe here.

10. ‘Food is the Solution’ Smoky Vegan Seitan Kebabs With Peanut Sauce Recipe

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With a texture on par with traditional meat, this is one of those sides that will appease any meat-lover.

Get the recipe here.

11. Vegan Mezze – Turkish Dolmas and Garlic Flatbread

 If you love those takeaway shop iskenders that come complete with house made soft dolmas and garlic flatbread, you’ll fall in love with this homemade version.

Get the recipe here.

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11 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make Your Holiday Feast Compassionately Delicious
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11 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make Your Holiday Feast Compassionately Delicious
Here are 11 recipes for vegan, cruelty-free sides, sure to still impress the taste buds of your guests this Thanksgiving dinner.
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