Last Minute Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 8, 2011


If you’re like me, you tend to leave some things to the last minute.

My dreaded tasks include:

  • Getting the oil in my car changed. I loathe going to the car shop. It’s one of my all-time least enjoyed errands.
  • Renewing my passport. My passport has been expired for a few months now and I’ve been meaning to renew it! We’re also planning a visit to the states soon, so I really need to get my butt in gear or Eric said he’s leaving me behind.
  • Getting my hair cut. I often leave it until I absolutely cannot stand my split-ended hair for another second. I call the salon and try to get an appointment that same day. Usually doesn’t work. I got my hair cut last night and I always say, “Why did I leave it so long, I feel great!!!” On an unrelated note, my stylist wants to give me a long bob for a hair cut. Sort of like Jennifer Anniston’s new bob, but a bit longer. What do you think? I’m scared.
  • Changing my name. I still have yet to change my name on my Driver’s License! It’s been 3 years since we got married…time flies?
  • Meal planning. As you may recall, I’m not a meal planner. Thinking about planning a week’s worth of meals makes my skin crawl. It really does.


Now that my skeletons are out of the closet, I’ve put together this last minute post for those of us who may need a glimmer of hope on the weekend of our Canadian Thanksgiving.

Repeat after me: You can do it!!

Deep breaths.

For an appetizer, why not make soup to warm everyone up? I especially love this Carrot Apple Ginger Soup:


or the Holiday Soup for the Soul was a big hit too.


For a vegan (and gluten-free if you’d like) entrée, why not try the Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf?


This is by far one of my favourite recipes on the blog and I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t love it. After several trials, I finally made a version that held together and didn’t crumble apart. This loaf is adapted from the Clean Food Cookbook and The Vegan Table Cookbook.

For a side, why not try the delicious High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes (with a secret ingredient!)


I believe my mom said she liked these mashed potatoes better than her own!

This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole. This is one of my all-time favourite ‘veganized’ recipes! No heavy cream required.


Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream


This recipe goes down as one of the most popular and well-reviewed on the blog! You guys sure love your pumpkin gingerbread.

Pumpkin Pie Brownie– another crowd pleaser.


Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts. The perfect mini finger food and very easy to make.


Looking for a hostess gift? Why not give a jar of homemade Pumpkin Butter. It’s quick and easy. Just be sure to keep the lid ajar while it cooks down.


Looking for décor inspiration? Check out my Thanksgiving dinner décor on a budget from last year.


Have a fun & safe Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

I’m off to make a Green Monster, workout, shower and pack. Sketchie is already waiting by the door in his cat bag (he loves car rides and visits to see his kitty friends).

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AGS October 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

For the name change. Probably the only reason I got it all done (a year later, after I finally decided to change my name. . .)


Emmy (Wine and Butter) October 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I think the pumpkin spice cake would definitely be my favourite – seriously considering making that for our family thanksgiving meal!! xox


Nancy D October 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Just wanted to let you know I made your Lentil Walnut Loaf as our main course today, and it was a big hit with my omni husband and brother. I had been planning another lentil loaf recipe, but when I saw your comments about the crumbly loaves, I knew I wanted to try yours. So glad I did. It will become a staple for sure. Happy Thanksgiving!


saniel October 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I just made the lentil loaf- it was very tasty and but took a long time to prep-but worth it. next time i will either omit walnuts or use way less. The raisins made it savory, maybe I’ll add cranberries too. For the glaze i didn’t have maple syrup so i used honey instead still came out good. Overall great dish something I could introduce during the holiday season.


saniel October 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Also made the pumpkin spice cake but used your pumpkin butter instead of the pumpkin puree. Spread nutella as frosting. My son devoured 2 of them and he is only 2.


Jolene ( October 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Angela :-)


rawkinmom October 11, 2011 at 5:45 am

love these ideas!!! I love how you arranged the table as well…..very beautiful!!!


Julie at Burnt Carrots October 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

Awesome post! I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and have been collecting ideas. The ginger carrot soup is def going to make the list!


Merina October 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I made my first batch of holiday soup this weekend. So yummy! I made quite a few batches last winter. I also took your pumpkin pie brownies to thanksgiving dinner. They were a huge hit!! I think next weekend I’m going to make one of your mac & cheeze bakes. My husband loves the cheeze sauce and had no idea its vegan :)

Thanks for being your awesome self and sharing all your delicious recipes with us Angela!


[email protected] October 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

So beautiful! I love that you’re giving us (Americans) ideas ahead of time. Thanks!


Anastasia October 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Ultimate Vegan Lentil Loaf sounds a lot better than Tofurky, which is pretty miserable, to be honest.:) I will try your entree before the holiday to make sure everyone loves it and if they do, Tofurky is not making it to the table this year! YES!


Lindsay October 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Hi Angela,

I just recently became vegan for a book I’m writing (a year of month-long social experiments that I blog about – something different every month, this month being vegan). I have been complaining that all the vegan treats are dry and tasteless. I made the pumpkin gingerbread for Thanksgiving and I am totally proven wrong! It was absolutely divine! My cousin said it tasted like the Starbucks version. I brought some to work and my workmates were fighting over the last few pieces. Thank you so much. You’ve made me realize that I don’t have to give up great taste (and moist cake) to be vegan. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!



Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m so excited to hear that Lindsay! Thanks for sharing. :) I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes!


Sally October 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I made the carrot apple ginger soup and added a cup of red lentils and some extra water to give it some bulk and protein. It was great!


Amy October 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I just had to stop in and say – your lentil loaf was AMAZING. We just had it tonight – and my husband, who is still a meat-eater (though eats vegan eagerly and with pleasure when I cook), is still sneaking tastes after dinner. Love it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Glad to hear that Amy!


Aj October 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

Oh goodness! This was best post ever! Ima make the soup for Thanksgiving then the mashed potatoes later. Family always brings the other stuff. :)


Melissa October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

I came across your blog not long ago and I love it! Thank you so much for posting vegan recipes that are delicious and nutritious. I can’t wait to try these out this Thanksgiving :)


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