The Ultimate Planning Guide to a Plant-Based Thanksgiving

Photo: Two women holding a bowl of soup at Thanksgiving dinner

Ohana, it’s that time…Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you ready to plan a feast that’s not just delish but also healthy? Let’s talk plant-based swaps that will make you go yum without the guilt!

First things first, plan. You don’t want to be running around like a turkey with its head cut off when T-Day hits. Here’s the game plan:

  • Guest list: Know who’s coming. Are they vegan? Gluten-free? Got allergies? This will shape your menu.
  • Menu magic: Balance is key! Have a mix of raw and cooked, light and hearty, sweet and savory.
  • Shopping strategy: Hit the stores early. Get packaged ingredients ahead of time and fresh veggies during Thanksgiving week.

Healthy Swaps

  • No turkey? No prob: Try a savory legume loaf. Packed with flavor, it’s a crowd-pleaser.
  • Stuffing that stuffs: Go for whole grains like quinoa or brown rice for your holiday stuffing. Throw in nuts, dried fruits, and herbs to pack a flavor punch.
  • Green bean dream: Go fresh and ditch canned soup for a homemade cashew sauce in your green bean casserole.
  • Mashed no-tatoes: Swap out mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower.
  • Gravy goodness: Blend up some cashews, onion powder, and aminos and voila! Cashew gravy.
  • Cranberry creativity: Forget canned! Simmer dried cranberries with pineapple juice for a cranberry pineapple relish.
  • Pumpkin pie 2.0: Sweeten with maple syrup for easy peasy no-bake pumpkin pie jars.

The Big Day

  • Morning: Start with setting the table and getting decorations sorted.
  • Afternoon: Appetizers and cold dishes first. They can chill while you work on the hot stuff.
  • Evening: Heat up the main dishes. Once the aroma fills the air, it’s showtime!

Last Tips

  • Delegate: You’re the host, not a one-person show. Let friends and ohana bring dishes.
  • Leftovers plan: Have containers ready. Sharing is caring!
  • Enjoy: This is your day too. Take a moment. Breathe. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving is more than just food. It’s about gratitude. So this year, show some aloha to your body, the turkeys, and the planet with these plant-based swaps. Let’s make this Thanksgiving unforgettably healthy and happy!