Best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for Everyone – Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free

Making a holiday feast that satisfies everyone’s dietary needs can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! We’ve searched the internet for the best Thanksgiving Meal Plans for everyone, including plans for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free.

Don’t forget dessert! We’ve also included our favorite picks for Sugar-Free and Vegan desserts to make the holiday meal complete.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and based on personal opinion. Here at Edible Ink, we want to help make your holidays as best (and simple) as they can be, with no strings attached!

Skip to a specific menu:

Vegan Thanksgiving Menus

Mel at A Virtual Vegan goes above and beyond with her Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, including a shopping list to make preparations for the big day a breeze! Plus a timeline to make cooking a full feast manageable. Dishes include:

Get the full printable Thanksgiving Dinner Menu with Timeline and Shopping List at A Virtual Vegan.

group of people making toast
Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com

No doubt, large gatherings have been a rare occurrence this year. If your holidays are less grand feasts and more intimate dinners for two, the Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner for 2 may be your ideal menu. Set up as a “choose your own adventure’ of a menu complete with cooking tips, this meal plan is great for small gatherings, or just you and your significant other. Dishes include:

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Menu

Packed full of gluten-free Thanksgiving options, this Easy, Gluten-free Thanksgiving Menu satisfies every celiac’s holiday food cravings! Here, turkey is still on the menu, with modifications to cornbread, biscuits and gravy. Dishes include:

alcoholic beverages close up cuisine cutlery
Photo by Flo Dahm on Pexels.com

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Vegetarian food blogger Cookie and Kate provides a list of 33 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes to make your own meat-less feast. No need for Tofurkey with delicious, whole food dishes like:

food grapes delicious snacks
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Dairy Free Thanksgiving Menu

Nothing makes a lactose intolerant person happier than a big bowl of dairy free mashed potatoes! This list from Cook Nourish Bliss includes a slew of dairy free classic Thanksgiving sides, as well as a few dairy free Thanksgiving desserts. Dishes include:

For more dairy-free Thanksgiving side dishes, check out 19 Dairy Free Thanksgiving Side dishes from the Nosher:

Easy Thanksgiving Menu

How about a super simple Thanksgiving Menu this year? Instead of roasting the whole turkey, try a juicy Turkey Breast from A Head of Thyme. More recipes include:

person holding a roasted turkey
Photo by Ekaterina Bolovtsova on Pexels.com

Sugar Free Thanksgiving Desserts

For the ultimate list of sugar-free desserts, check out this compilation from Diabetic Gourmet. Recipes include:

Vegan & Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Easy, vegan, and for some, gluten free! This list of 28 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts is sure to have something for everyone. So go ahead, make two! Recipes include:

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Are you using any of the meal plans listed here to craft your ultimate Thanksgiving feast? Let us know in the comments below! Like, share and subscribe and don’t forget to tag Edible Ink!

Happy Feasting!

Meal Prep, Veggie-Packed, Spring Harvest Rice | Recipe

Warning: This recipe is a large batch.

Of course, that’s the point! Make this recipe on a Sunday and snack on this delicious rice throughout the week.

This is a meal prep recipe that can easily be adapted to supplement different proteins and side dishes throughout the week, or to be used as is for a delicious and healthy meal prep lunch!

It’s flavor profile is flexible and truly can be made into a side dish or entree with anything. Similar to Spanish Rice, Spring Harvest Rice uses fresh tomatoes and a plethora of vegetables and spices.

See the recipe notes below for three ideas to turn this star side dish into the main event.

Make as is and this will yield about 10 cups of nutrient-rich rice.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups cooked white or brown rice (3 cups uncooked).
  • 3 tablespoons Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil).
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced.
  • 1 yellow onion, diced.
  • 1 tablespoon salt.
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 4 cups fresh tomato, diced (substitute: canned).
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced.
  • 1 lb frozen peas.
  • 1 tsp Herbs de Provence (substitute: 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp basil).
  • 1 tsp black pepper.
  • 1 tsp parsley, dried.
  • 1 tsp onion powder.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika.
  • 1/4 tsp cumin.

DIRECTIONS

1. First, cook your rice. I prefer cooking rice in my Instant Pot, but you are welcome to use any method you like, including microwaved steamed rice! For this recipe, make sure it’s unseasoned rice. Brown or white is fine. You can also substitute couscous, farro or barley (cook according to package directions).

2. In a large pot, heat the 3 Tablespoons oil. Add diced onion, garlic, red and green bell peppers. Sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.

3. Add tomatoes. Simmer uncovered over medium heat about 30-40 minutes, until tomatoes are cooked down and there is minimal liquid left in pot. Simply put, it should look less like tomato sauce and more like a big pot of sautéed vegetables.

4. Add all the spices and mix well to incorporate. Turn the heat from medium high to medium and add the bag of frozen peas. Mix to incorporate and defrost the peas.

5. Add the rice 1-2 cups at a time, mixing well to incorporate. Be sure to break up the chunks of rice to blend with the vegetables. Repeat the process until all of the cooked rice is added to the vegetables. Complete!

SPRING HARVEST RICE THREE WAYS:

1. Serve with shredded rotisserie chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.

2. Wrap rice with black or refried beans in a flour tortilla topped with shredded cheese for an easy vegetarian burrito.

3. Fry up a few cups of rice in a hot oiled pan. Add two to three scrambled eggs. Serve as vegetable fried rice alongside cooked steak.