15 Soul Food Recipes For Thanksgiving

15 Soul Food Recipes For Thanksgiving

These Vegan Soul Food Recipes will help you create the healthiest, and tastiest plant-based dishes for vegans and non-vegan alike. From sweet potato pie, to Mac n cheese casserole, and biscuits with mushroom gravy, these recipes will steal the show on Thanksgiving!

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1. BBQ Seitan Ribs

BBQ Seitan Ribs

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These lip-smacking strips of deliciousness are messy and fun to eat. Tender, meaty homemade Seitan Ribs from VEGANIZE IT! are slathered in sticky homemade barbecue sauce, seared, and then baked until slightly crisp and caramelized around the edges. Serve these with a side of potato salad and coleslaw.

2. Jalapeño Hush Puppies

Jalapeño Hush Puppies

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Some of you may be wondering, what the heck is a hush puppy? It’s basically a fried corn dog, with no dog, and whatever you else would like to pack in there! Sounds underwhelming, but it’s so good. Some days you just need something fried and indulgent, and Gabrielle St. Claire‘s Jalapeño Hush Puppies are the answer.

3. Cheesy Cauliflower Baked Shells With Breadcrumbs

Cheesy Cauliflower Baked Shells With Breadcrumbs

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In Lisa Dawn Angerame‘s Cauliflower Baked Shells recipe, a cheesy, tangy cauliflower sauce encases shell pasta and then is baked under a thick, crusty layer of breadcrumbs. It’s the perfect recipe for a date-night-in or a side to a holiday party feast. It’s fancy enough to impress but easy and simple enough to put together at the last minute.

4. Smoky Southern Collard Greens

Smoky Southern Collard Greens

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Comfort food at its finest! Warm up your meal with a bowl of these spicy, healthy, oil-free Smoky Southern Collard Greens by Molly Patrick.

5. Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet potato steals the spotlight from pumpkin in this wonderful Sweet Potato Pie by Leah Moldowan. Top it with pecans and coconut whipped cream to really wow your guests.

6. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole

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This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole by Gabrielle St. Claire is comfort food heaven. Sweet, creamy butternut squash is paired with decadently cheesy macaroni elbows and sealed with a unique flatbread topping. The finishing touches really put it over the top, from the smoky Shiitake bacon to the red pepper flakes and maple syrup. Normally, we’d say this casserole is perfect to make for a week of easy meals, but we know this one will only last a few days.

7. Cornbread


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This delicious cornbread by Mitra Shirmohammadi is super fluffy, crumbly, and moist! It’s also not overly sweet, but just enough to satisfy a sweet craving and goes perfectly with savory dishes.

8. Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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These Sweet Potato Biscuits by Kayli Dice are straight up amazing. They are tender, doughy, and slightly sweet. And they are insanely easy to whip up. Eat them hot out of the oven and dunked in a bowl of soup or chili.

9. Sweet Potato Pie Tartlets

Sweet Potato Pie Tartlets

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On a sweet pecan crust sits a smooth sweet potato filling that tastes just like caramel. Sweet molasses brings a rich depth-of-flavor to these little Sweet Potato Pie Tartlets by Michaell Johnson. Topped with cool coconut whipped cream and freshly grated lemon zest, these are the perfect treat to enjoy on a cold day while wrapped in a fluffy blanket with a hot cup of tea.

10. Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy

Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy

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Life can taste good with these fluffy, soft, gluten-free Biscuits by Molly Patrick accompanied with mushroom gravy. It’s the ultimate comfort food side that will leave you craving for more. These are great for dinner parties, but also make great leftover snacks/sides for yourself.

11. Southwestern Style Grits

Southwestern Style Grits

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You can’t have a Southern celebration and not have some grits. These Southwestern Style Grits by Ashley Flitter are made creamy with vegan cheese and sour cream. A little jalapeno adds a spicy kick.

12. Chili Cornbread Casserole

Chili Cornbread Casserole

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The only thing more delicious than golden cornbread dipped in chili is a Chili Cornbread Casserole by Melanie Sorrentino! The hearty chili is made with rice, kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, and plenty of seasoning. As is, this recipe is ridiculously easy and minimalist. Add some sautéed green peppers and onions into the chili mix if you want to amp it up a bit.

13. Coconut Milk Braised Collard Greens

Coconut Milk Braised Collard Greens

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Traditionally a southern dish, collard greens are a great way to get your daily dose of green, leafy, veggies. This Coconut Milk Braised Collard Greens recipe by Courtney West is great as a main course or alongside an entrée. Garlic, pepper, cumin, and mustard seeds give this recipe a great spice, while coconut balances it out with a delicious creaminess. Customize this dish with your own spice combination, or serve it over quinoa!

14. Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread

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This is a nice Vegan Cornbread recipe by Karielyn Tillman that is quite moist and really easy to make. You probably already have all the ingredients on hand, with the exception of cornmeal, unless you use it on a regular basis. The only thing I really use it for is to make cornbread so that’s the only reason I already had some. I don’t know why, but the majority of the time I make it for breakfast (is that weird?) and rarely as a side dish to a meal like chili. This cornbread is dense in texture and not a sweet cornbread, but you could easily make it as sweet as you like just by adjusting the amount of maple syrup in the recipe.

15. Smoky Pumpkin Grits with Shitake Mushrooms in Kale Pesto Cream Sauce

Smoky Pumpkin Grits with Shitake Mushrooms in Kale Pesto Cream Sauce

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Simple as it is, this Smoky Pumpkin Grits with Shitake Mushrooms in Kale Pesto Cream Sauce by Betsy DiJulio is one of the tastiest and most satisfying dishes you will ever eat. Perfect for a fall dinner or brunch, it is both rustic and refined. The smoked paprika in the grits and the smoked almonds in the pesto are a perfect pairing. Add to that the smokey notes of Chardonnay, and you have a tasty trinity indeed. Visually, it is also appealing with the warm, golden-toned grits setting off the creamy green-flecked mushrooms to delicious advantage.

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