When it comes to Thanksgiving, what once was traditional — think, massive roasted turkey, buttered mashed potatoes, and animal innard filled stuffing — isn’t really traditional anymore.
More often these days, we are rethinking the way we dine, how we prepare food, and, ultimately the types of foods we choose to consume. There’s pretty much a way of eating for everyone from pescatarian to fruitarian and, yes, to vegan.
Welcome to the modern-day Thanksgiving! This holiday has turned more environmentally-friendly, sustainable, and health-conscious than it ever has before.
Looking to join the trend and try your hand at a completely animal product-free Thanksgiving feast? We’re here to make sure you not only succeed in this goal but also enjoy that vegan meal!
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To start, here is a list of 10 grocery stores that are providing veganized Thanksgiving staples for this holiday!
1. Trader Joe’s
Organic Savory Vegan Gravy/traderjoes.com
Trader Joe’s is one of the all-time favorite vegan go-to grocery stores. It’s not just the fact that they always have vegan-friendly items, but that they are constantly rotating new vegan products onto their shelves and into our kitchens. Plus, when it comes to holidays, Trader Joe’s sincerely rocks the shorts off most other grocery chains.
This year, they outdid themselves with a slew of delicious, creative, and traditional Thanksgiving food items that even non-vegans will enjoy such as this Organic Savory Vegan Gravy for $3.79, this Riced Cauliflower Stuffing for $2.99, and this Cranberry Sauce for $1.99. End your Thanksgiving feast with this 16-ounce loaf of Vegan Banana Bread for just $3.99 or make your own vegan pumpkin pie with this 15-ounce can of Organic Canned Pumpkin for $1.99.
Even though Target really started out as a place to buy a new work shirt, toilet paper, and gardening gloves, it’s melded into something even a grander. A one-stop-shop for anything under the moon, including food! Plus, Target has taken into consideration their plant-based patrons and routinely stock and rotate through a variety of vegan-friendly food products.
This Thanksgiving, save a little moola and stop by Target for staples such as these Gardein Meatless Alternatives, these Califia Dairy-Free Beverages, or this So Delicious vegan ice cream to serve alongside your vegan apple pie!
Nasoya Organic Extra Firm Tofu/grocery.walmart.com
Maybe you never really thought about Walmart as a place to find high-quality vegan foods. This massive chain has worked to change this image by offering a smattering of vegan-friendly frozen and pre-packaged items. Plus, you’ll get a raging deal on big brand vegan products such as Daiya, — wonderful vegan cheese, like this Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds — Califia, — nut-based milk and creamers, like this Califia Farms Seasonal Holiday Nog Almondmilk — and So Delicious — yogurts, ice cream, and more, like this So Delicious Cashewmilk Salted Caramel Cluster Frozen Dessert.
If you’re looking for non-traditional items to make staples at your vegan Thanksgiving table try a few of these vegan-friendly products: 14-ounce tray of Nasoya Organic Extra Firm Tofu for $2.64, 4-count bag of Gardein Lightly Breaded Turky Cutlet for $3.97, 12-ounces of Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Risotto Medley for $2.48, or this 12-ounce bag of Great Value California Style Vegetable Mix for $1.00.
Kirkland Signature Supreme Whole Almonds/costco.com
Did you find yourself tasked with cooking for the entire extended family? Are you aiming to prepare a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving feast for 20 or more of your closest relatives and friends? You’re in luck! Turns out Costco has taken note of the rise in plant-based eaters and is now offering a slew of vegan-friendly products.
While this ginormous chain may not offer the individual vegan foods you’re looking for, they are a stellar place to save some cash on the individual vegan ingredients you’ll be needing in bulk. Instead of buying five bags of raw almonds for that stuffing crunch, pick up just one supreme bag for a reduced price!
You’ll find your favorite one-off plant-based staples for Thanksgiving including nuts, — a 3-pound bag of Kirkland Signature Supreme Whole Almonds for $13.99 — seeds, — a 22-ounce bag of Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds — legumes, — an 8-count of 15-ounce S&W Organic Black Beans cans for $7.99 — grains, — Organic Brown Rice — and dried fruits — a 32-ounce two-pack of Mariani Organic Pitted Date for $26.99.
5. Whole Foods
Chef Jenné Claiborne’s Mushroom Étouffée/wholefoodsmarket.com/shop
Honestly, none of us is surprised that Whole Foods made this list!
Known for offering a variety of hard to find, organic, sustainable, and high-quality foods, Whole Foods is also one of the best grocery stores for a vegan-friendly culinary fare. In fact, this year Whole Foods is offering a 100 percent vegan Thanksgiving feast that is pre-prepared and ready for pick up on the big day.
Order an all-inclusive Thanksgiving feast or select one-off items such as Chef Jenné Claiborne’s Vegan Mushroom Étouffée, Vegan Cornbread Dressing, Vegan Black-Eyed Fritters, Vegan Collard Greens, and Vegan Pumpkin Pie.
Yet, for those of us hoping to give cooking a vegan Thanksgiving a good ole’ college try, Whole Foods still has you covered with a variety of vegan products. Any category you’re shopping for — such as dairy, frozen, pantry, seafood, etc. — there are many vegan options to choose from!
Gardein Meat-Free Meals Meatballs/shop.safeway.com
Safeway is one of those grocery stores that has simply been around forever. We all recognize the name, most of us have walked the aisles, and a majority of shoppers depend on this steadfast grocery chain for their weekly meal prep staples.
This Thanksgiving, if you’re looking for vegan-friendly items, Safeway has added a few new items to their usual rotation.
For those meat-loving relatives, serve up a vegan meatless appetizer such as this 12.7 -ounce package of Gardein Meat-Free Meals Meatballs for $5.69 or this 12.95-ounce package of Grain Meat Vegetarian Sausage Italian for $5.69. Get to creating your vegan recipes with this 24-ounce jar of Best Foods Vegan Dressing & Sandwich Spread Vegan for $5.99, this 32-ounce box of O Organics Organic Broth Vegetable for $2.99, or this 16-ounce package of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for $4.99.
Looking for the simplest Thanksgiving possible?
7. Sprouts Farmers Market
Even though Sprouts Farmers Market isn’t country-wide, this wonderful little grocery store is slowing growing in popularity and spreading. Described as the perfect middle-of-the-road from Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market offers a plethora of healthy, organic, and pre-prepared foods for anyone. When it comes to vegan fare this Thanksgiving, Sprouts Farmers Market has you covered!
In particular, they offer a wide variety of Annie’s vegan products — such as this 6-ounce Annie’s Homegrown Organic Vegan Shells & Creamy Sauce for $.329 — and Miyoko’s vegan products — such as this 8-ounce Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz Ball for $8.99 or this 8-ounce Miyoko’s Organic European Style Vegan Butter for $5.49.
Plus, Sprouts is proud to offer its own “Sprouts” brand vegan items such as this 32-ounce Sprouts Organic Vegan Vegetable Stock for $3.29 or this 1.18-ounce Sprouts Chocolate Vegan Protein for $1.99.
Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls/kroger.com
Kroger is a staple shopping experience for many people in this country and they have begun to adopt vegan-friendly food to help accommodate their diverse community of shoppers.
If you’re looking for vegan Thanksgiving alternatives this holiday, stop by your local Kroger and try an entree — such as one of these Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls or this Vegan Beet and Quinoa Salad — grab a staple — such this Road’s End Organics Quick Gravy Vegan Shiitake Mushroom Mix or this Spectrum Eggless Vegan Light Canola Mayo — or make it simple by serving up a pitcher of this Castle Kitchen Premium Dark Hot Chocolate Mix Vegan Double Dutch Dark Chocolate.
Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk/albertsons.com
Albertsons is one of those long-standing institutions that draw in a crowd of Albertson-loving patrons. If you happen to also be a vegan eater, then get to know their new vegan-friendly food options! Especially, this Thanksgiving.
While some grocery stores are great for entrees, Albertson’s is your one-stop-shopping location for the staples. Gotta bake some vegan goodies? Pick up a vegan-friendly 15-ounce tub of Earth Balance Buttery Spread 78% Vegetable Oil Original for only $3.99. Need a heaping pile of garlic for those vegan mashed potatoes and stuffing? Grab this 2.8-ounce package of Dorot Gardens Garlic Crushed Cubes for $3.79. Want a dollop of whipped cream atop your vegan apple pie? Buy this 9-ounce container of So Delicious Coco Whip! Whipped Topping Coconut for only $5.69. What about those eggless egg nog beverages? Try using this 64-fluid ounce carton of Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk for $5.19, along with this creamy 16-ounce Ripple Half & Half for just $4.99.
Wegmans Lemon Cashew Chia Tart with Almond Crust/wegmans.com
Wegmans isn’t quite nationwide, with that said they do have ninety stores in seven states. For those Wegman die-hards, you’ve probably notice some new items on their shelves, including an impressive variety of vegan alternative options. While they supply hundreds of items from all your favorite brands, how about stepping out of the box, saving some money, and trying some Wegman-brand vegan foods?
Next time you visit your local Wegmans, pick up a couple of Wegman-produced Thanksgiving essentials such as Wegmans Organic Plant-Based Buttery Spread Sticks for $3.99, Wegmans Organic Vegetable Medley for $2.99, or this Wegmans Lemon Cashew Chia Tart with Almond Crust for $6.00.
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