Observing Thanksgiving for Vegans

by | November 17, 2017

When you acknowledge that it’s time to stop participating in a tradition that causes the death of millions of animals in a single day.


Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.” Take a minute to process this bit of information.

My husband and I were sitting at the dinner table the other night, dumbfounded thinking about just how many animals are slaughtered as a result of our traditional holidays. At first, I’ll be honest I started getting choked up, then I decided to use my emotions to fuel my new thanksgiving tradition.

Save A Turkey

Save a turkey this Thanksgiving with your food choices and sponsor a turkey at a local sanctuary.

Save a Turkey

Turkey will not be on our dinner plates for Thanksgiving, nor will pigs, ducks, chickens cows, dairy, or eggs. This will be saving the lives of these beautiful creatures, but I wanted to take further action. As a New Yorker, I was happy to find that Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is giving me a chance to save a turkey, and make sure that it is cared for! While I might be able to do it myself in my two bedroom apartment … since they don’t allow even dogs in our co-op, I’m so glad to be able to help these amazing animals this way!

Turkeys are most of all incredibly intelligent, as a result they form the sweetest bonds with humans! They initiate hugs, especially wanting snuggles and to be petted, same as the family pet. They do not belong in an oven for a holiday. Due to the technology and shared knowledge on the internet, I truly believe that we can make the difference. Animals are not a necessary food source, and they need us to take care of them. Since having a toddler, the connection in my mind has grown so strong. Most of all, these babies, our animal friends, need us to survive. They deserve the same amount of love and care as my two year old.

Plant based Thanksgiving Recipes

Alternative Products


The Celebration Loaf, reminiscent of Beef Wellington is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This loaf is made from wheat-protein stuffed with butternut squash, apples and also mushrooms (I’m almost drooling just typing about it). It has smoky garlic flavor, also in addition it’s all wrapped up with flaky puff pastry. (Contains Soy and Gluten)


Gardein’s tender stuffed roast is a true delicacy. It’s a wonderful combination of wheat, peas, soy, beets and also carrots- perfect for getting in veggies for toddlers! In addition, this roast includes gravy that creates a fabulous holiday flavor! (Contains Soy and Gluten)


Thanksgiving Roast is an amazing feast that includes Wild Rice Stuffing, Giblet and Mushroom Gravy, and Tofurky Jurky Wishstix. Most of all the combo of wheat gluten and tofu causes the roast to be super juicy. Therefore even your meat eating guests would find it satisfying! (Contains Soy and Gluten)


Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Curry
“Scoop this delicious curry over some rice and garnish it with some fresh cilantro if that’s your thing! This is a really great meal on a crisp fall day. Don’t be too afraid of peeling a pumpkin. It’s worth doing for a delicious vegan curry like this!”

Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl
“This Thanksgiving bowl is full of roasted veggies: Brussels sprouts, garlicky broccoli, sweet carrots and acorn squash, plus toasty pecans and lots of mashed potatoes. Top as you please with easy vegan gravy and crack open a can of cranberry sauce. Easy peasy Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
“Super creamy, luxurious mashed potatoes with a sweet garlic tone, plenty of S+P, and an herbaceous, light touch from the chives. Give me a spoon, I’m going in.”

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust
“These pumpkin pie squares are the perfect solution when you don’t want to make an actual pie, but still want something similar that you can serve on the dessert table with a dollop of whipped coconut cream. Actually, this is one of the best pumpkin “pies” I have ever made, no matter how you slice it.”

Check out more recipes like our Black Bean Chili Bowl and our full list of Main Courses!


A Note From The Staff At ‘Raise Vegan’ 

Happy Vegan Eating, and don’t forget to check us out on the Main Facebook Group, where we discuss toddlers and food. There are over thirty thousand vegan parents there, all raising little vegans. In addition, there a Vegan Eats For Little Feet Group, where parents get together, share recipes, swap disaster stories, and generally learn the best ways to hide the broccoli in the food for kids.

We are excited to offer our members an amazing deal, to ensure all members of their family get all the nutrients the need. Get 24/7 access to a RD to answer every question you can think of, meal plans, grocery planning, and so much more! Check out Ask a Plant Based Dietitian™.

If Facebook isn’t your go to social media, additionally we can usually be found liking far too many amazing dishes on Instagram. If you’re raising a vegan family, be sure to tag us on there, and we’ll have a chance to feature your vegan family! Lastly, don’t forget to have a quick peak on Pinterest, where we pin all these amazing recipes, and ideas.


2 Responses to “Observing Thanksgiving for Vegans”

  1. Emily
    November 17th, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    So happy to save a turkey this year!

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