When it comes to delicious options for Thanksgiving and the Holidays, these Best Thanksgiving Menu Recipes + Ideas come rich in flavor, unique ingredients/combinations, Fall spices, from savory to sweet, and much more. This roundup offers healthy (including vegan), easy methods that fit perfectly on your Holiday table and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to roundup a few of our great options for your Holiday menu. All eaters welcome!
Of course, we do offer a ton of Vegan Bites on Orchids + Sweet Tea, however, I personally chose to include non-vegan options as well because they are just too DELICIOUS to pass up! Don’t worry—I broke them down into categories so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Let’s begin, shall we?
It’s super easy to make (just set it and forget it!), requires only a handful of ingredients, warm and comforting. Bold apple flavor, a hint of citrus, warm spices, and naturally sweetened (if preferred). Can be enjoyed hot or cold. All vegan and gluten-free.
When it comes to this Apple Cranberry Ginger Lemon Detox Juice, it’s all about the spicy ginger and cranberry flavors paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon and granny apples.
Naturally sweetened, this tea serves great as a detox or a boost in digestion, can be served hot or cold, and is easy to make, and perfect for any day or season, especially during the cold weather months.
This Vegan Carrot Juice boasts it’s creaminess, thickness, and generous play on spices and freshly grated carrot flavor along with a secret thickener that brings it to life. The perfect drink to enjoy during family dinner or to kick start your day.
This delicious eggnog is made from cashews, Almond-Cashew milk, awesome spices, and is naturally sweetened with a hint of turmeric. The perfect Holiday drink made in just 5 minutes.
This Cranberry Apple Cider Orange Sangria is a perfectly refreshing way to kick things off for the Holidays. Packed with a ton of sweet, Fall/Winter flavors—this recipe is the right way to enjoy a cup of non-alcoholic sangria. But don’t skip the wine if preferred. A pinch of alcohol is all that you need to add to spice things up a bit.
When it comes to this Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale recipe, it’s all about the spicy ginger flavor paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon. You can add a bit of fizz for a nice bubbly traditional ginger ale or keep things simple by drinking this Lemon-Ginger drink without any tweaks.
This simple, yet complex in flavor dish is the perfect healthy snack or appetizer for any occasion or gathering, especially during the holidays. Made in just 15 minutes and entirely Vegan.
When it comes to this Vegan Tomato Avocado ‘Cream Cheese’ Bruschetta recipe, the words–savory and creamy are an understatement. Toasted classic french baguette coupled with a cashew ‘cream cheese’ and avocado-tomato balsamic topping, makes this recipe dynamite!
These Vegan Mango Habanero Cauliflower Bites are an awesome balance between sweet and spicy, which work perfectly together! These cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to any entrée. Vegan and Gluten-free.
When it comes to these Baked Salmon Cake Balls + Rosemary Aioli, this recipe is for any die-hard fan of flavor. Packed with protein, omega fatty acids, and a ton of other great nutrients from the fresh salmon, these balls make for the perfect appetizer, lunch, or dinner, especially when entertaining.
These Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a guaranteed showstopper! At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of buffalo boneless chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!), however, they aren’t! With a nice kick of spice coupled with a hint of sweetness from the BBQ sauce + Honey, these cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to any entree. Vegan option available.
This Vegan Lentil Wellington is truly something amazing! Wrapped in a nice herb-infused, flaky crust, and stuffed with a meaty filling, this Holiday main dish is one for the crowd.
Ready in no time, this flavorful dish comes with a creamy coconut + turmeric based curry, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and spinach; all atop velvety vegan mozzarella and butter mashed potatoes. A killer combo, indeed!
This Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta w/ Kale + Spinach is the perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta much like the classic Alfredo version, without the dairy and cheese and of course with the amazing texture of Pappardelle noddles. This recipe is easy to make, light, bursting with ‘cheesy flavor’ from the use of nutritional yeast, dairy-free, and so healthy!
This Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Bowl is the perfect easy weekday meal or perhaps something simple for a laid-back weekend. Based with creamy mashed potatoes and topped with a spicy BBQ Sriracha Chickpea and Broccoli combination. Completely dairy-free and vegan.
This Roasted Plantain + BBQ Chickpea Vegan Bowl recipe is the ultimate dinner idea that comes packed with a sweet + spicy side of chickpeas, fresh spinach, baked sweet potatoes, snow peas, and a twist of oven roasted sweet plantains. Pure perfection in one dish.
These Hot + Spicy ‘Nine Mile’ Buffalo Chicken Wings definitely live up to their name—HOT + SPICY! Drenched in hot buffalo sauce with a hint of BBQ sauce and maple syrup to balance the heat, these wings remain a spicy staple inspired by Bob Marley and the Jamaican culture with bold uses of red pepper flakes + scotch bonnet peppers.
The lemon cream sauce in addition to the chunks of parmesan and pinches of herbs, marries together well with the juiciness of the chicken breasts as well as the kale, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes which add an even better touch and lightness to it all.
This Sticky Teriyaki + Maple Whole Roasted Cauliflower is like no other Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece that comes completely vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. A healthy and easy way to indulge in a flavorful dish without missing traditional meat dishes during the holidays.
This Spicy Tomato Chickpea Sauce + Baked Chicken recipe has loads of bold flavor and real spice that is sure to set your dinner table apart from the rest. Juicy chicken breast (thinly sliced), tomatoes, chickpea, all atop cooked brown rice and lathered in a beautiful chickpea sauce; this is surely the perfect dinner choice.
This Salad: Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon recipe is super refreshing, boasting of great sweet and savory flavors, and is easy to make using simple ingredients. The perfect Summer meal, but can be enjoyed during any season.
When it comes to this Cheesy Garlic Hasselback Potato Gratin recipe, it is by far more than a fork full of goodness! Super creamy, packed with thick slices of potatoes and sweet potatoes, and loaded with flavor from the delicious cream sauce. Completely vegan, gluten-free and perfect for your Thanksgiving menu.
This Easy Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing is a great healthy alternative to traditional Thanksgiving stuffing without compromising flavor. Complete your holiday table with this vegan + gluten-free recipe which comes loaded with a blend of wild rice, cranberries, almonds, cilantro, and seasonings.
When it comes to this Baked Vegan Buffalo Mac + Cheese recipe, it is by far more than a fork full of goodness! Super creamy, light, a crunchy crust, and loaded with flavor, this ‘Mac + Cheese” is made from gluten-free macaroni, savory seasonings, a bit of buffalo sauce, and cashews (the cream sauce).
This Healthy Pesto Veggie Bowl is the epitome of eating clean. Packed with a ton of flavor and boasting with gently roasted veggies, this bowl highlights red potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dressed with our delicious Avocado Kale Spinach Pesto Sauce.
When it comes to this Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese recipe, it is by far more than a fork full of goodness! Super creamy, light, and loaded with flavor, this ‘Mac + Cheese” is made from gluten-free chickpeas macaroni, savory seasonings, and cashews (the cream cheese). Completely vegan and gluten-free.
These Crispy Baked Jerk Potato Wedges are a simple side that is sure to bring your taste buds a spicy kick of flavor.
These Sweet + Spicy Honey Chili Wedges are phenomenal. They come jam-packed with flavor and starts off as crispy baked sweet potato wedges which are generously dressed in a tasty Honey Chili sauce.
When it comes to breakfast, this Baked Pumpkin French Toast Casserole is the epitome of an evolutionary dish during the Fall season. This comfort dish will surely make your morning that much brighter, even on the most gloomiest of days with the warm pumpkin spice flavor, soft and fluffy insides, and crunchy crust. Entirely dairy-free.
This recipe boasts a loaded bacon, cheddar, spinach, and arugula filling that is wrapped together well by a flaky, buttery crust that will have you licking your fingers for more. The perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for the entire family.
In true Fall/Holiday fashion, these vegan pancakes come loaded with nutritious quinoa and topped with a sweet, tart cranberry sauce that adds a beautiful tasty combo. Completely easy to make and can be whipped together in just 30 minutes. Gluten-Free option available.
The use of pumpkin puree helps to make these pancakes tender and paired with a warm blend of pumpkin spice, this breakfast option is a sure crowd-pleaser. Naturally sweetened and whipped together in only 25 minutes—total.
Not only is it super easy to make (all in one dish), but it comes jam-packed with a ton of savory flavor—-the absolute Brooklyn way! A crispy croissant base topped with a layer of bacon, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, and a creamy well-seasoned egg mixture. The perfect breakfast, brunch, or entree for any day.
This Vegan Chia Seed Maple Banana Bread is super moist, tasty, packed with healthy nutrients including superfoods like Chia Seeds, and 100% delicious! It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and makes for a great healthy alternative for a little sweetness in the morning for breakfast or even for dessert after dinner.
These Oats boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal used, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl. All vegan and Gluten-Free.
These Flourless Vegan Banana Oats Waffles are everything that one’s heart desires. Made right in a blender, these Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of flavor. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!
Fully laced with classic cinnamon flavor, these french toast come covered with a lightly sweet blueberry compote that will have you going for a second round. Vegan option available.
A beautiful take on the classic French Toast recipe and comes covered in sweetly-spiced, caramelized apples. Super easy to make and can be whipped together in a few short minutes. Completely dairy-free. Vegan option available.
This Onion, Spinach, Tomato, + Parmesan Quiche is the epitome of a savory tart that comes warm, tender, and wrapped in a beautifully crisp crust infused with rosemary + whole wheat flavor. The perfect breakfast, brunch, or dinner dish on any given day.
This Pumpkin French Toast + Praline Sauce recipe is irresistibly good and is the perfect fall season treat for those early mornings or that holiday get together! Super easy to make and can be whipped together in a few short minutes. Completely dairy-free. Vegan option available.
Fully stacked and bursting with almond flavor, these pancakes come covered with a lightly sweet blueberry compote that will have you going for a second round. Whipped together in just 25 minutes.
These Thick + Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes are healthy, dairy-free, and are the perfect way to kick-start your day. Whether you want an awesome seasonal flavor or just something sweetly homemade, this recipe makes for a great breakfast or brunch dish in just 25 minutes–total.
Packed with a velvety roasted inside of mashed sweet potato tossed in shredded sharp cheddar cheese, topped with spinach, fluffy scrambled eggs, and a bold flavor from the brown sugar bacon; these Loaded Spinach, Bacon, Egg, + Cheese Sweet Potato Boats are the perfect way to kick-start your day, meal prep for the week ahead, or even to enjoy for brunch.
Packed with velvety roasted insides of the sweet potato, tartness of the blueberries + blackberries, along with the nuttiness of the peanut butter and top things off—a slather of greek yogurt for a touch of sweetness.
When it comes to breakfast, this Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole is the epitome of an evolutionary dish. Not only is it a kick start to your day, but this comfort dish will surely make your morning that much brighter, even on the most gloomiest of days.
This Bacon + Veggie Sunrise Breakfast Omelet is the perfect breakfast item. Loaded with brown sugar bacon, tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and cheese. Yum! This is surely a delight and a great way to kick start your morning!
These Vegan Banana Pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious. What better way to kick start your day than with a stack of pancakes and a few slices of fruit and some good ole’ chocolate-infused peanut butter sauce.
This Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple is the ultimate healthy + hearty recipe. This Oatmeal is creamy, packed with warm spices, and will surely keep you full all morning! The warm caramelized apples atop gives a great sweet and tart balance, while the nuts add a nice crunch that helps this dish burst with fall season goodness!
These Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are the perfect, healthy twist to kick start your day! Completely fluffy, airy, and oil-free, these pancakes are truly irresistible—especially with the burst of Fall spices and bold apple flavor. Made in just a few short steps and under 25 minutes. Gluten-free option available.
These Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles are just that—fluffy, thick, and airy. A nice hint of cinnamon and sweetness gives this breakfast item the perfect touch. Super easy to make, under 30 minutes in total cooking time, and naturally sweetened and vegan.
These Mini Sweet Potato Bundt Cakes + Cream Cheese Frosting are incredibly moist, soft, and airy with every bite. Bursting with decadent sweet potato flavor, balanced with warm fall spices; these mini cakes are truly a crowd pleaser, especially during the Holidays!
When it comes to this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie, it is smooth, velvety, naturally sweetened, full of sweet potato flavor and is housed with a buttery, flaky crust. This recipe is sure to please the crowd during the Holiday season, one slice and bite at a time. Made in a blender, super easy to make, gluten-free option available.
This Caramel Apple Spice Cheesecake is the perfect Fall-inspired dessert with every bite. This cheesecake comes completely based with a thick tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust, a velvety delicious caramel cheesecake filling and a scrumptious caramelized apple spice glaze on top.
This Vegan Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Buttercream is a healthier option to the decadent classic—Chocolate Cake! Not only is it completely moist + fluffy, but it’s also filled with an airy Cacao buttercream that when paired with this velvety vegan chocolate (cacao) buttercream, they all work amazingly together.
The Best Oreo Cheesecake Bites are what we call these little bites and it’s no understatement. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty oreo cookie crust and a decadent oreo filling, topped with whipped cream and a full oreo cookie for extra goodness. Can we just say that it’s an oreo overload?
This Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is by far the best version of a classic pull apart bread! If you’re a lover of cinnamon rolls and monkey bread, then this killer combo is one that you can’t resist. Coated with a healthy dose of sugar, this monkey bread is a sure crowd-pleaser and the perfect sweet treat on any given day.
Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust and a scrumptious pecan -caramel glaze on top. Perfect for any day, family gathering, or any special occasion.
These New York-Style Cheesecake Bites are the best rendition of an old-time favorite with no real twist except for freshly topped berries! Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully classic Graham Cracker crust, a nice creamy + velvety cream cheese base, and is amazing as is.
These Orange Olive Oil Mini Bundt Cakes are incredibly moist, soft, and airy with every bite. Bursting with a sweet orange flavor, balanced with the slight fruity, pungent taste of Olive Oil; these mini cakes are truly delectable and a crowd pleaser, indeed! Whipped together in easy steps and in just 30 minutes.
When it comes to this Classic Southern Vegan Pecan Pie, it is naturally sweetened (without corn syrup) and is housed with an orange infused, buttery, flaky crust. This recipe is sure to please the crowd during the Holiday season, one slice and bite at a time.
When it comes to this Delicious Vegan Pumpkin Pie, things look rather simple on the outside but are so amazingly complex in flavor on the inside. Made with an orange infused, buttery, flaky crust and topped with a creamy pumpkin-spiced filling, this recipe is sure to please the crowd during the Holiday season, one slice at a time.
If you’re a lover of Fall spices and sweet flavors, then these Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, brioche-thick and smothered in a rich, but light pumpkin spice cream cheese glaze, these cinnamon rolls are sure to be a winner for any sweet tooth. Overnight option available.
These Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, and smothered in a rich, but light cream cheese frosting, these cinnamon rolls are sure to win over any sweet tooth.
Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come packed with flavor that will leave you reminiscing on a nice slice of apple pie with a crunchy, sweet streusel topping. Let’s not forget the light homemade salted caramel drizzle that adds an even sweeter + salty taste to these cheesecake bites.
Vegan Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread that is perfectly sweet and moist, is balanced between tender and crunchy, and 100% delicious! It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and makes for a great healthy alternative for a little sweetness in the morning for breakfast or even for dessert. Yum!
Bursting with tart and sweet flavors from the strawberries and peaches combined, the true star of this recipe however, is the cinnamon whole wheat crust, which not only offers a more rustic look, but an awesome thickness and flakiness. Topped with coarse brown sugar, this pie will leave you indulging in slice after slice without a single blink.
Classic Southern Banana Pudding is the one bowl of goodness that gets everyone smiling. This creamy sweet treat filled with banana chunks, whipped vanilla pudding, and delicious vanilla wafers nestled in between each layer, certainly makes for the best dessert choice after a good meal or even as a quick “pick me up” snack.
What makes this one so special is the bursting of flavor from each strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry that pops through the buttery crust tied together with the great balance of tartness from the granny apples. Just like with your other favorite pies, a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream makes every bite even better. Completely dairy-free and vegan. The perfect sweet addition to the Fall season!
These Southerner’s Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites are beyond the best remix to the South’s famous Banana Pudding. Packed with the original sweet flavors, this recipe adds a nice spice which stems from it’s gingersnap cookie crust and the creaminess definitely comes from the burst of cream cheese in ever bite.
Not being your typical Cinnamon Roll, this recipe is topped with a mouth-watering Maple Glaze that will leave you wanting more. Definitely not your average vegan sweet treat, but 100% homemade and filled with pure goodness!
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites + Pecan Crust are the ultimate dessert recipe. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust, velvety pumpkin + spice flavored filling, and topped with light whipped cream + toasted pecans.
This Vegan Pumpkin Bread + Maple Frosting is super moist, fluffy, loaded with Fall spices, and 100% delicious! It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and makes for a great healthy alternative for a little sweetness during the Fall season. All vegan ingredients, entirely kid-friendly, and a gluten-free option available.
There you have it—our list in the flesh! As you can see, we have an array of flavors and cuisines that made our Best Thanksgiving Menu Recipes + Ideas list.
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