(Updated November 16, 2019) | Thanksgiving is one of America’s biggest food holidays. Traditionally centered around a turkey, more and more individuals are opting for a meatless holiday.
Although a savvy cook could create a vegan Thanksgiving meal with items bought from any grocery store, Trader Joe’s is beloved in vegan and vegetarian circles for its flavor-packed festive vegan holiday food items and affordable prices.
The Top 13 Vegan Thanksgiving Buys at Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s brought back some favorites this year, like its Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast, along with some new additions that are sure to make the holiday convenient and delicious.
1. Vegan Thanksgiving Roast
Skipping a traditional turkey meal doesn’t mean you have to load up on side dishes because Trader Joe’s brought back its vegan Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy. The roast is made with a blend of soy and seitan (wheat gluten) and it’s stuffed with nutty wild rice and bursts of cranberries. The outside is coated with a crispy, herbed bread seasoning. Plus, it comes with vegan gravy.
2. Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stuffing
This vegan grain-free stuffing tastes just as good, if not better than many traditional stuffing choices. Trader Joe’s frozen mix contains all the herbs – parsley, thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, and sage – that give stuffing its savory taste. The cauliflower, which takes the place of breadcrumbs, has a nice crunch to it and pairs well with the stuffing’s other star – cranberry.
3. Fresh and Frozen Veggies
Apart from the entree, traditional Thanksgiving sides feature a cornucopia of seasonal produce with dishes like balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts, “honey” roasted root veggies, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, seasonal squash, green beans, and beyond. It also carries convenient pre-cut veggies like butternut squash and sweet potato. While any well-stocked grocery store might carry the aforementioned veggies, Trader Joe’s wins when it comes to price.
Whether you make your own or opt for store-bought, cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple.
5. Seasonal Sides
Need an easy side dish? Check the Trader Joe’s deli aisle for seasonal options like the Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad, which features crunchy pecans, tangy apple cider vinegar, and tart berries.
6. Vegan Gravy
Trader Joe’s introduced organic vegan gravy this year made from mushrooms and seasonal herbs. Pick up a tub or two — it never hurts to be prepared on Thanksgiving.
7. Vegan Fried Onion Pieces
These vegan fried onion pieces elevate any dish, from dairy-free green bean casserole to whatever your heart desires.
8. Canned Pumpkin
If you plan on making your pumpkin pie from scratch, consider getting Trader Joe’s Organic Canned Pumpkin to make your pie’s filling. This organic canned pumpkin product only contains pumpkin, so, you can add as much or as little pumpkin pie spice as you’d like. Looking to try something different? If you’re looking for other options, try using canned pumpkin instead of oil in Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Muffin Baking Mix – the store carries both regular and gluten-free.
9. Vegan Whipped Cream
Trader Joe’s coconut whipped cream is back again The supermarket chain first launched its Coconut Whipped Topping around last year’s holiday season. It’s back again, in updated packaging. Use it to top pie or serve it with the banana bread below.
10. Apple Cider Jam
This Apple Cider Jam pairs fantastically with warm vegan biscuits and a pat of dairy-free butter. Save the leftovers (if there are any) for topping pumpkin pancakes. According to Trader Joe’s, this jam is made from “Maine and Washington apples, New England apple cider, and spices including cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, cloves, coriander, ginger, and mace.”
11. Pumpkin Spiced Ginger Brew
Spruce up your drinks table with something seasonal. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew is a bubbly, non-alcoholic beverage featuring a mulled apple cider-like base, ginger puree, and pumpkin spice. It comes in a swing-top glass bottle, so it makes for a perfect host gift.
Like classic eggnog, Trader Joe’s vegan Almond Nog is spiced with nutmeg and ginger. Made from California almonds, it’s delicious on its own or as an ingredient in making festive desserts.
12. Almond Nog
13. Vegan Banana Bread
Trader Joe’s launched this vegan banana bread last year and so far, it’s a keeper! The supermarket describes this bread as “boasting a fabulously sweet banana-walnut flavor and dense, moist texture. Every soft, flavorful bite gives in nicely, without any of the rough or gritty consistency that you can occasionally encounter in certain other ‘alternative’ breads.”
Serve it for dessert with coconut whipped cream and coffee.