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I spent 24 Thanksgivings not vegan. I’m going to guess that I ate turkey every time the fourth Thursday in November rolled around. I understand the desire to have something familiar and the nostalgia that comes with holiday foods. Those tastes can remind you of times spent gathered with family and friends.

However, just because something is a tradition doesn’t mean you can’t change that tradition up a bit and try something new. Here are 5 reasons to consider taking turkey off of your plate this Thanksgiving.

And here are some of my turkey friends I’ve made since choosing to not be a participant in unnecessary cruelty and harm towards animals.


Today, I wanted to share 10 turkey-less Thanksgiving main dish options for you all so that you can have a delicious Thanksgiving meal without harming sentient turkeys. These options are packed with flavor so you don’t have to feel like you are missing out in the least bit.

I have included store-bought and homemade dishes so that you have a variety to choose from. Let’s begin, shall we?

10 Turkey-less Thanksgiving Main Dishes


  1. Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets

    I could honestly just end this list right here because these are the best option I’ve found. They will be what Alex and I have this Thanksgiving. We bought and stored our packages months ago so we wouldn’t have any trouble finding them as Thanksgiving got closer.

  2. Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk’y

  3. Tofurky Plant-Based Roast and Gravy

  4. Field Roast Celebration Roast

  5. Field Roast Celebration Roast with Traditional Bread Stuffing and Mushroom Gravy

  6. Trader Joe’s Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy


  1. Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

  2. Homemade Tofu Turkey with Stuffing from The Spruce Eats

  3. 1-Hour Vegan Shepherd’s Pie from Minimalist Baker

  4. Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps from Minimalist Baker

Will you be trying any of these options this year? Or are you trying something completely different? I’d love to hear from you!


Karissa · November 14, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Super helpful post for those trying to leave animal products off of their plate this year! Thank you for including my roasted cauliflower recipe.

    heybrittney · November 15, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I know it was hard my first year vegan just because I didn’t know all of the options that were available. The options are definitely growing as veganism becomes more mainstream!

    And of course, you’re welcome!

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