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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.