Vegans give thanks this holiday season

What would they have served at the first vegan Thanksgiving?


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“This buttery (non butter) taste of traditional cornbread will secure your love of vegan food. If you try this recipe all your family members will be talkin about it for years to come.” 6 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread melted 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal 1 cup white spelt flour OR gluten free flour, or all-purpose flour 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 6 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce 2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1 1/8 cup non-dairy milk

Maeve Hennessy, Scoop Editor

*Disclaimer: I am allowed to make fun of vegans because I myself am a vegan


If I say Thanksgiving you think of mouth watering turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, and of course delicious pumpkin pie; but if I say vegan you probably think peace, love, and eating what seems to be the equivalent of rabbit food.

This provokes a question- What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving? If we can’t have Turkey, the main dish at the Thanksgiving dinner, then what can we herbivores consume on this day of giving thanks?

Most people do not know this but, the Native Americans and the Pilgrims might have actually eaten a pumpkin hummus and a lentil-sweet potato loaf at the first Thanksgiving. They also might have enjoyed a squash, corn, and bean chili with their new friends.

The most sacred vegan dish of all however, is the vegan pumpkin pie. It has been passed on for generations dating back to the very first Thanksgiving at Plymouth (See recipe one).

The Pilgrims also decided to use their new crop of corn to create a non-dairy vegan cornbread. This new revolutionary recipe was allegedly found in the ruins of a Pilgrim town in New England. It has been preserved for hundreds of years, and legend tells that written on the back of this recipe is a note that reads, “this vegan cornbread is the epitome of the vegan community and must be made every Thanksgiving for years to come.”

Your vegan ancestors will surely reward you if you make any of these recipes for Thanksgiving, and you might just have some extra joy and cheer for the holidays.