More than Tofurkey: An Honestly, Though Guide to Vegan Thanksgiving


Being one of the only (if not the only) plant-based persons at holiday gatherings can be tough. I've been the only one at Thanksgiving with my family since I stopped eating meat about a decade ago. And back then, vegan was not trendy in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. (Ahem —aow a-days, there's an annual vegan Thanksgiving. )

Honestly, though, if it wasn't for my dad's insanely talented cooking skills, I probably would have eaten plain pasta for years.

So whether you're newly adapting to a plant-eating lifestyle, have friends and family that are vegan, or you're just looking to cut out some meat and dairy, I hope this guide helps you get there this holiday season. 

I'm so thankful that I'm able to run this blog, share fellow plant-eater's recipes and (hopefully) fill your Thanksgiving with a few more vegetables. 

xx phoebe 

SUBSTITUTIONS (print this out or save it to your phone!

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These are both buy in-store and order online

  • Whole Foods | In hundreds of Whole Foods stores around the country, you can ORDER an entire Thanksgiving dinner (or just a few dishes). Use code VEGAN for $5 off. 
  • The original TofurkeyAmazon 
  • Trader Joe's | They have TONS of frozen and fresh vegan-friendly options. Just look for the square with a V for Vegan. 
  • Sticky Fingers | Grab some of their ready-made sides or mains, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to snag one of their crazy popular pies. 
  • Founding Farmers | Order their Thanksgiving To-Go by November 19!  
  • Sweet Earth Foods | A ton of frozen options that are perfect as a back-up or for "just in case." I swear by their artisan bowls. Find in almost any grocery store. 
  • Loving Hut | A vegan vietnamese cafe with 38 locations around the country. Not exactly "Thanksgiving," but still delicious. 
  • Equinox DC | (Not the gym). This amazing, (mostly) plant-based restaurant is open for Thanksgiving this year, and their menu is insanely good. 
  • FOR THE CHEESE PLATE: Kite Hill, Miyoko's Kitchen, Field Roast & Treeline. 


  • Vegan Thanksgiving Cookbook // Amazon 
  • Cozy socks for the comatose Netflix and chill // L.L.Bean
  • A festive tablecloth for last minute decor // Target
  • The coziest post-Thanksgiving sweater // Madewell 
  • My favorite copper bowl for gourds, pumpkins, apples, or candy // Target 
  • Olive wood coasters (set of 4 for $19!) // West Elm  
  • A mini wine rack that's the perfect gift for your wine-loving host // Mintwood Home 
  • Well-priced Pinot Noir to guarantee good times all around // Total Wine  
  • And a mini tree to get you into the holiday spirit. // Target