By Lauren: a writer and photographer for the vegan travel blog, Justin Plus Lauren, which follows her travels and adventures with her partner, Justin. Lauren is slowly making her way around the world and searching out the best vegan food as she travels. For most of the year, she lives in the Toronto area with Justin and their two cats, Chickpea and Peanut.

The Fall season is upon us, and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Even though Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally a vegan or vegetarian holiday, there are many places to find Thanksgiving meals around the city that are free of meat and animal products.

Don’t know how to cook? Don’t worry! I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of places in Toronto where you can find warm and hearty Thanksgiving meals that won’t make you miss the turkey.

Pre-Order Options

These restaurants and catering businesses offer Thanksgiving meals that you must order in advance and pick up close to the holiday. This would be a great option for anyone wishing to eat a holiday meal at home or would like to bring a vegan meal to a family celebration.

Apiecalypse Now

Organic, vegan, handmade pumpkin pies in 9” and 6” sizes. These can be ordered through their website form until Thursday, October 8th. The pies can be picked up from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th.

Bunner’s Bake Shop

Bunner’s has a full vegan menu available for pre-order, which is 100% vegan and gluten-free. The menu includes: veggie pot pies, shepherds pie, holiday bowl, stuffing, roasted tomato kale pie, apple crumble pie, and pumpkin pie. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, October 7th. Pick-ups can be arranged from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th at either of their two locations (Kensington Location: 647- 350-2975; Junction Location: 647-352-2975).

Doug McNish

Toronto Chef Doug McNish has an entire vegan Thanksgiving meal that will surely delight vegans and non-vegans alike. The entire meal is organic, vegan, and gluten-free: roasted garlic and celery soup; herbed quinoa, lentil and millet loaf with carmelized onion and squash; roasted mushroom and miso gravy; sage and roasted apple stuffing; spiced coconut sweet potato mash; steamed garlic greens; cranberry sauce. Raw and cooked desserts are available upon pick- up. Pick-up is available from Friday through Sunday. To order: 647-341-1736 or email orders@dougmcnish.com .

Whole Foods

Whole Foods locations in the GTA have a “Vegan Feast” available for pre-order. On the menu: Vegan roast en croute (made with cranberry, apple, hazelnut, and kale), vegan mashed potatoes, traditional herb stuffing, green beans with toasted garlic and leeks, cranberry relish, and vegan mushroom gravy. You can order through the form on their website and pick up during store hours.

YamChops

YamChops, Toronto’s vegan butcher, has a Thanksgiving dinner package available for pre-order. The meal includes: roasted vegetable and farro soup, butternut squash “steak” with Montreal steak spice and chimichurri sauce, cranberry-pecan rice pilau, roasted beets, roasted carrot and quinoa salad, and a black bean brownie for dessert. Advance orders must be placed by Thursday, October 6th, and the meal can be picked up on Saturday or Sunday.

Restaurants

Green Earth

In addition to the numerous vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the city serving their regular menus, you can find a special Pre-Fixe Thanksgiving menu at Green Earth for $20.95/per person. The meal: pumpkin medley soup, slice of homemade herb seasoned stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, a grilled corn on the cob, sparkling juice, and a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. You can also pre-order an entire vegan stuffed turkey to eat at home that serves 6-8 people.

Cooking Classes

If you’re more interested in cooking at home, perhaps a Thanksgiving-themed cooking class will provide you with some inspiration!

Marni Wasserman will help you prepare a 5-course vegan meal that you can recreate at home for the holiday. The menu includes: pureed pea and cauliflower soup, apple walnut stuffed baked acorn squash, apricot mustard glazed tofu triangles, quinoa with mushrooms and cranberries, garlicky collard greens, and velvety gingerbread with cashew cream.

If you have a vegan guest attending your Thanksgiving dinner and you have no idea what to make, I am certain that they will be thrilled with one of the pre-order options. With several healthy and satisfying meal options throughout Toronto, vegans will not go hungry on Thanksgiving!

For Family & Social

Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

The East End Vegetarian Group is hosting a free vegan Thanksgiving potluck, open to all! You don’t need to be a member of the group, you just need to be looking to spend some time Thanksgiving weekend enjoying good food in the company of likeminded people. Click here for more info on Facebook.

Tips from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Looking for tips on what to cook for your own family Thanksgiving? Check out the TVA’s Thanksgiving page for recipe ideas or read Autumn’s Toronto Veg Blog post about her fun family Thanksgiving last year!