Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters

November 20, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters comes with a list of delicious holiday options for the entire family!

Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters

When it comes to food options for the Holidays, this 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters comes rich in flavor, unique in ingredients/combinations, and is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving plans. This roundup offers everything from main dishes to appetizers to desserts to mocktails and soups---that fit almost any diet. A super comprehensive list with many healthy options this season!

Overhead shot of a table setting with fall decorations including white pumpkins and brown pinecones

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Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters----the perfect roundup for everyone that's in need of great vegan options this year during the Holidays! Although these recipes include both vegan + non-vegan options, the recipes absolutely work for every type of eater----believe me!

Last year's roundup, 30 Ultimate Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes was a good list of general Thanksgiving menu recipes, however, many of you have been wanting a more concise, organized list, so HERE IT IS! FINALLY!

If I'm honest, I'm so not prepared for Thanksgiving this year. I don't know about you, but this year has been so crazy that it has flown by absolutely fast, but I will be whipping together a few dishes and spending time with my family in full gratitude. Simple, but amazing!

Be sure to follow Orchids + Sweet Tea on my Instagram to see a lot of my recipes come to life via video.


Unlike traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving is the place where you get to enjoy good times with close friends and extended family. For many, Friendsgiving has become their new tradition and with more people wanting to maintain a healthier lifestyle, this list of How to Host the Perfect Vegan Friendsgiving comes in handy. It’s all about creating simple ways to make this moment the most memorable.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Decor:

  • Mini white cocottes: Le Crueset
  • Napkins, napkin holders, pumpkins, cranberries, + flowers: Crate & Barrel
  • Wood chargers: William Sonoma
  • Candle holders, table linen, 'thankful' engraved plate holder (gold): Etsy
  • Plates + wooden platter: Pottery Barn
  • Utensils: Anthropologie Home
  • Green goblets + glassware: Amazon
  • Acorns + other accessories: Target

Beautifully set table with a plate decoration that reads \"thankful\" and various fall adornements


Whether you’re hosting your first ever Thanksgiving or you’re a Thanksgiving pro, preparing for Thanksgiving is a big task. Between organizing the get-together, running errands, and whipping up the most delicious Thanksgiving recipes, if you come into Thanksgiving week unprepared it can be a little bit overwhelming. Luckily, I’m just a little Thanksgiving obsessed so I have about a million tips and tricks to hosting Thanksgiving that I have learned over the years and want to share with you.

2-3 Days Before

  • Clean your house
  • Plan your table setting + seating arrangements
  • Defrost your turkey (A smaller turkey can take just 1-2 days, but a bigger turkey can take up to 4 days.)
  • Begin grocery shopping
  • 2 days before, make all of your pies
  • Prep ingredients that require chopping, mincing, etc.

1 Day Before

  • Prepare make-ahead dishes (i.e. compound butter, cranberry sauce, etc.)
  • Prep appetizers
  • Defrost all meat that will be served + season overnight (Refrigerated)
  • Set the table and plan which foods will go on which serverware
  • Clean + Brine the turkey or whole chicken overnight (For best results)
  • Bake any additional desserts (i.e. cakes, cookies, etc.)

Thanksgiving Day

  • Remove the turkey/chicken out of the fridge to get at room temp. for at least 1 hour.
  • Put turkey or chicken in the oven + cook
  • Cook/warm side dishes
  • Add any final touches to your Thanksgiving decorations/table (i.e. candles, florals, etc.)
  • Set out appetizers
  • Make the gravy
  • Create any drinks + refrigerate until ready to serve (Prep enough ice for serving)
  • Serve your guests and enjoy!

Overhead shot of a table setting with pinecones, greenery, bread, and other fall decorations

Orchids + Sweet Tea 2022 Thanksgiving Menu

Let's jump right into this delicious Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters, shall we? OK, good!


Yes, we definitely still do breakfast over here and for great reason! One-----you can't start the day off without it and two, you'll need a bit of fuel for the work ahead on Thanksgiving, especially if you're hosting or preparing any meals! But we're definitely keeping it easy and light for you!

Two bowls of Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Oranges

Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges

Second option: Healthy Banana Bread Pancakes

Third option: Southern Caprese Biscuit Breakfast Strata

Fourth option: Veggie Breakfast Strata

Pan of Veggie Breakfast Strata missing a piece


Drinks are by far one of the recipes that you can make 1-2 days in advance for greater ease! Also, I always give the option of adding alcohol to these mocktails in the event that you want to spruce things up!

Long-stemmed glass with a dairy-free Espresso Martini

Dairy-Free Espresso Martini with No Kahlua

Second option: Apple Caramel Espresso Martini

Closeup of a glass of Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail


While there are so many options for appetizers, I wanted to share the absolute delicious options that are sure to please the crowd. These handheld foods are perfect for giving to your guests as they arrive to keep the engaged and "teased" for what's to come in the actual spread!

Plate of Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings/Bites

Second option: Everything Bagel Cauliflower Bites

Third option: Crispy Baked Orange Cauliflower Bites 

Fourth option: Fall Harvest Apple Bacon Crostini

Platter filled with Fall Harvest Apple Bacon Crostini


When it comes to mains, there are so many amazing recipes and because I know that many of you enjoy both meat options and vegan ones, I've created two separate types of mains for you----that way it works for everyone involved!

Serving platter with sliced Maple Herb Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Herb Roasted Butternut Squash

Second option: Vegan BBQ Wellington

Third option: Vegan Pot Pie

Fourth option: Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Fifth option: Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Overhead shot of Vegan Pot Pie


Again, I've created a list of side that comes separated into a list for vegan and non-vegans to make things easier! Of course, we know that sides are the next important thing on Thanksgiving so I'm giving you the best of the best on our site! Some of these dishes have a make ahead option where you can prep the ingredients are actually cook the dish 1-2 days prior.

Closeup of a pan of Southern Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Southern Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Second option: Stovetop Southern Mac and Cheese

Third option: Southern-Style Cornbread Stuffing

Fourth option: Leftover Turkey Southern Collard Greens

Fifth option: Flaky Sweet Potato Biscuits

Stack of Vegan Sweet Cornbread

Vegan Sweet Cornbread

Second option: Homemade Vegan Stuffing

Third option: Perfect Apple Cranberry Sauce

Fourth option: Vegan Skillet Sweet Potato Casserole

Fifth option: Easy Vegan Roasted Potato Salad

Sixth option: Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese

Overhead shot of plates of Baked Vegan Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Baked Vegan Buffalo Mac + Cheese

Vegan Sweet Potato Maple Herb Cornbread

Overhead shot of a pan of Homemade Vegan Stuffing


Of course, this section is the sweetest! You can't have a good meal without a great dessert and so I've rounded up some of my personal faves in the mix! Again, you can make a few of these ahead of time and if so, it'll be mentioned in the recipe.

Slice of Grandma’s Dutch Apple Pie

Grandma's Dutch Apple Pie

Second option: Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake + Pecan Crust

Third option: Apple Cider Cake + Cinnamon Maple Buttercream

Fourth option: Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Fifth option: Southern Salted Caramel Cake

Sixth option: Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Slice of Carrot Cake with Chai Buttercream

Dairy-Free Carrot Cake + Chai Buttercream

Second option: Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp

Third option: Best Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Fourth option: Apple Cinnamon Olive Oil Cake

Fifth option: Apple Cranberry Crisp

Slice of Vegan Chocolate Cake

Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Berry Galette

Vegan Southern Peach Cobbler

Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Slice of Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Soups + Salads

Last but not least, I'm sharing a few soup and salad options that will be sure to keep your guests satisfied until the main foods arrive. You can simply serve these in small portions to reduce the amount of work that it would take to batch these and also so that your guests aren't already full before the entire spread is served.

Bowl of Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup

Second option: Spicy Curry Pumpkin Soup with Chickpeas

Third option: Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

Fourth option: Apple Cheddar Sweet Potato Soup

Fifth option: Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Bowl of Quick and Easy Blood Orange Kale Salad

Blood Orange Kale Salad

Fall Harvest Apple Kale Salad

Two bowls of Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

Hand grabbing a glass from a table set with fall decorations


Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with many of the recipes on this list. Everything from my fave glassware, baking sheet, skillet, mixing bowls, cooking thongs, cooking utensils, skillets, dutch ovens, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

And that's a wrap! There you have it—our list in the flesh! As you can see, we have an array of flavors and ingredient combos that made Our 2022 Thanksgiving Menu + Guide for ALL Eaters list.

Script text: Xx, Shanika

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