Thanksgiving isn’t by nature a celebration of anything ‘kind’ when we talk about the actual history. Nothing historical would indicate a beautiful, consensual joining of cultures in America long ago.

A group of people was slaughtered and, this day is honored by many people in the world who, when eating the traditional food, eat something that similarly is a product of violence. Turkeys.

In order to get the amount of product into the market as they do every year, factory farmers have to push the limits, often sacrificing the time and resources for caring for these animals to ensure that they can get their meat out to retailers and make a profit. According to estimates by the National Turkey Foundation, 46 million turkeys are killed in America for Thanksgiving and 228 million turkeys are slaughtered every year.

So to really show gratitude this year, perhaps we should celebrate Thanks Living with a feast of cruelty-free, plant-based food.

If you don’t know where to start here are a few things you can have for your celebration, from appetizers and side dishes to entrees and desserts.

12 ‘Thanks Living’ Vegan Recipes That Will Help Save Turkeys


1. Tofurky Holiday Roast

Tofurky is the leader in vegan turkey. Whether you’re looking for vegan meat slices or something big enough to feed your family at Thanks Living, they’ve got you taken care of. And with this recipe, you don’t have to worry about how to cook it.

2. Butternut Squash Hummus


Your guests will thank you for this delicious hummus. Everyone loves hummus.

3. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes


This is a simple, easy to make side dish that’s sure to leave all of your diners satisfied.

4. The Best Damn Vegan Biscuits


Enjoy all of the crispy, buttery goodness without any of the animal products.

5. Autumn Kale Salad


A fresh salad is a wonderful appetizer before the main course. People always feel healthy after eating a salad. Plus, it’ll make people feel less guilty after they gorge themselves on the main course and dessert.

6. Vegetable Mushroom Gravy


You don’t need a turkey to have some tasty gravy. Pour this delicious gravy on anything you want.

7. The Creamiest Mashed Potatoes


Here’s a classic side dish without any dairy. Enjoy it, by the bowlful.

8. Gluten Free Vegan Meat Loaf


Another delicious plant-based meat that will satisfy everyone, vegan or not.

9. Smoky Mac Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


This is food heaven. Proof that going vegan doesn’t mean giving up delicious food.

10. Cornbread Stuffing

Here’s a tasty twist on traditional stuffing.

11. Sticky Pecan Pie

You can’t forget about dessert.

12. Pumpkin Pie Squares


What’s Thanks Living without pumpkin?