Tried & True Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
I’m thinking of all my dairy-free mamas out there this Thanksgiving! My first Thanksgiving when I was dairy-free, I brought my own little mini meal to my family’s house. I didn't want to inconvenience anyone or make them feel like they had to be dairy free. Not to mention even the most well-meaning host might not realize that dairy free means zero dairy. Not “there’s only a little butter in this dish” dairy-free. So I made my own Thanksgiving and honestly, I couldn’t even tell the difference in most of the dishes. For more dairy-free swaps head over to this post. This year I’m cooking an entirely dairy-free Thanksgiving at our home so that our daughter doesn’t have to miss out on all the yummy Thanksgiving classics! I rounded up the recipes we’re cooking here — because no mama should have to miss out on Thanksgiving!
The secret? Sub the butter for Earth Balance (we prefer the soy-free kind). I also add loose sage sausage for added flavor and the fat from the sausage gives it that oomph that butter usually provides.
Green bean casserole is one of the creamier Thanksgiving dishes but one I can’t imagine going without. Last year I subbed almond milk in a traditional recipe but it wasn’t nearly as rich and creamy so I’m excited to try this one.
I make mashed potatoes year-round and my recipe consists of Yukon gold potatoes, almond, milk and Earth Balance with kosher salt and coarse ground pepper. There’s no real measuring that goes on - just a dash and a dollop until the consistency and flavor is just right. This recipe codifies what I already do with the added yumminess of garlic and chives.
I really love pecans on Thanksgiving so this is right up my alley! An added bonus: you can make it ahead of time.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find a cranberry sauce with dairy so this should be safe no matter where you are eating. I’m including the recipe I use because it’s an old standby.
“But where is the pie?”, you might be asking yourself. I haven’t tested dairy-free pie recipes yet so I don’t have any that I can confidently provide. Once I make my own I will share these!