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5 plant-based foods to stuff instead of turkey for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner

Written by Caroline DiNicola Fawley
5 plant-based foods to stuff instead of turkey for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner

New to the plant based lifestyle and not sure what to do as your main dish for Thanksgiving this year? Well fret not, because stuffed veggies are the bomb and your vegan Thanksgiving is going to be seriously awesome. We promise – you won't miss turkey.

So what's for vegan Thanksgiving dinner? Well, you can pretty much stuff any veggie. Just take your vegetable of choice, hollow it out, and stuff it with…again, pretty much anything. Then bake it up and you're golden!

Need a little more guidance than "stuff any veggie with any other veggie?" No problem. We're here to make your vegan Thanksgiving dinner one to remember with five of our favorite and delectably stuff-able plant-based foods.

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First, the ultimate WFPB stuff recipe for vegan Thanksgiving dinner

If you want to please a more traditional palate, you can't go wrong with this vegan apple sage stuffing. Savory, sweet, absolutely mouth-watering. It checks all the boxes.

And now...5 plant-based foods to stuff (instead of turkey)

You don't have to eat Tofurkey (though that's cool if you do!). You can enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving dinner made of whole plant-based foods...that's just as satisfying as the turkey you grew up with. The following veggies pair particularly well with the traditional stuffing recipe shared above...


1. Pumpkins

I know, this one is obvious. For the last few months it’s been pumpkin this and pumpkin that. But hey, why not lean into it? Pumpkins are amazing for your skin, and even to boost your immunity!

Make pumpkin your main dish for vegan Thanksgiving b whipping up this Vegan Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe (though to keep things WFPB, we recommend omitting the oil).


2. Acorn squash

This plant-based Thanksgiving Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe is simple to make, easy to bake, and spiced up well – which makes it the perfect main for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner.

3. Russet potato skins 

Can you even have Thanksgiving without potatoes? And luckily, your vegan Thanksgiving dinner can be spud-heavy. For these stuffed potatoes, you know the routine: bake a potato, cut in half, scoop out the insides, bake a little longer, fill with stuffing, and bake a little longer. Yeah, this one is that easy. Bonus tip: sometimes I even add mashed potatoes to my stuffing to make it extra moist! 

4. Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a classic “meaty” flavor, so it’s no wonder people enjoy them stuffed as a plant-based swap for meat. And they're one of the best plant-based foods to stuff! Wow omnivore and vegan guests alike and try our classic stuffing recipe stuffed into a large Portobello mushroom and then baked until juice starts to run out of the mushroom. 

5. Sweet Potato Skins 

Just follow the recipe for potato skins above and you’ll be golden! Who needs turkey when you can eat potatoes 24/7. Please and thank you.

Want more vegan Thanksgiving dinner inspiration? 

Get your FREE plant-based Thanksgiving menu here. Each vegan Thanksgiving recipe is whole food plant-based, flavorful, and sure to please even the picky eaters at your holiday table. Enjoy!

Updated 11/10/21

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By Caroline DiNicola Fawley

Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. 

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