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Hosting a vegan, gluten-free Friendsgiving isn’t as hard as it seems

Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving dinner
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So you’re hosting Friendsgiving and you have at least one vegan friend and another who’s gluten-free, which means you need to prepare a meal that accommodates both of them without alienating the omnivores in your friend group. That may seem like a massive challenge, but we promise it’s not.

Not only is vegan food incredibly versatile, but it’s also easy to make yourself so that you don’t have to rely on processed brands like Tofurky — not that there’s anything wrong with a premade seitan loaf.

Plus, keeping gluten out of things is getting easier with substitute flours and recipes that cater to folks with food allergies.

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Don’t believe us? Just check out the recipes below for some examples of how to create the perfect Friendsgiving without using animal products or gluten in your dishes. It’ll blow your vegan and gluten-free friends’ socks right off.

Vegan Menu

Drinks

Go for vegan and gluten-free drinks by mixing cocktails that don’t rely on yeasty alcohol (like beer) or filtered liquor (many wines and beer brands use animal products during the filtration process). Not sure if your alcohol is vegan-friendly? Check out the Barnivore vegan alcohol directory.

Spiced rum apple cider (alcoholic)

Vegan white hot chocolate

Vegan chai latte

Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving vegan chai latte
Photo credit: Minimalist Baker

Appetizers

Whether you serve these before or after the meal (perhaps while playing some games or enjoying other Friendsgiving activities), these appetizers will keep everyone coming back for more.

Cheesy vegan spinach and artichoke dip

Colorful hummus trio

Actually crispy baked chickpeas

Baked vegan goat cheese with spiced cranberry spread

Vegan cheesy broccoli quinoa bites with Sriracha aioli

 

Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving vegan cheesy broccoli bites
Photo credit: Blissful Basil

Main courses

Like we said, it’s pretty easy to skip the Tofurky. Here are just a few ideas for main courses that will make your Friendsgiving an instant smash hit. Pro tip: Think outside the traditional Thanksgiving box and mix up your cuisines!

The best whole roasted cauliflower

Crispy gluten-free eggplant Parmesan

Portobello steaks with avocado chimichurri

Smoky grilled eggplant

Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving smoky grilled eggplant
Photo credit: Minimalist Baker

Sauces

What’s Friendsgiving without delicious gravy and some killer cranberry sauce? These recipes will spice up any plate, no matter what you choose for your main course or side dishes.

Quick mushroom herb gravy (Use Earth Balance or Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Butter to make it vegan-friendly.)

Vanilla bourbon-balsamic cranberry sauce

Vegan gluten-free Friensgiving vanilla bourbon-balsamic cranberry sauce

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Side Dishes

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to a holiday meal and eaten exclusively side dishes. As important as it is to have a great main course, the side dishes often make or break a Friendsgiving meal. Here are just a few options for creative, flavorful sides to serve your friends.

Gluten-free mushroom stuffing

Rainbow roasted vegetables

Green beans with citrus and almonds

Crispy brussels sprouts salad with pomegranate seeds

Roasted garlic faux-tatoes (Use Earth Balance or Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Butter.to make it vegan-friendly).

Autumn chopped kale salad (Use tofu feta and use agave nectar to make it vegan-friendly.)

Herb roasted red potatoes

 

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Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving easy herb-roasted red potatoes
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Soups

Soups can act as main dishes, side dishes, palate cleansers or appetizers. These versatile bowls of deliciousness are perfect for any Friendsgiving.

Crock-Pot quinoa and butternut squash soup

Vegan French onion soup with homemade vegan mozzarella

Roasted pumpkin apple bisque with pecan crumble

Slow cooker quinoa, white bean and kale soup

Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving slow cooker quinoa white bean kale soup
Photo credit: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Desserts

Don’t forget to save room for dessert! After such a delicious, rich and filling meal, it might be tough, but we promise these dessert recipes will be worth it. Plus, it’s Friendsgiving! Plenty of time for a nap while the food digests.

Apple pie crumble bars

1-bowl vegan pumpkin roll

Easy cinnamon baked apples

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Vegan gluten-free Friendsgiving crustless pumpkin pie
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

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