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3 fresh tips for a very vegan Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn't just about turkey. We talked with Fresh Cafe & Market crew members Margeaux Adams, 23, and Joshua Spain, 28, for their best tips and tricks for making your favorite holiday dishes vegan-friendly.

1. Fruits and veggies are undeniably colorful and nutritionally balanced. Add them to your spread for a gorgeous and healthy Thanksgiving table. Create a leafy green salad with sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, raw almonds and pair with balsamic dressing.

2. Our go-to, vegan-friendly pantry staples are: coconut cream to add subtle flavor and creaminess in place of heavy cream; Earth Balance to replace butter and vegetable broth to replace animal-based stocks.

3. Try our new take on a classic sweet potato casserole. Start by caramelizing a red onion on low heat with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of sea salt. Meanwhile, steam four pounds of purple sweet potatoes until soft. Fold sweet potatoes with a half cup of creamed coconut and a splash of maple syrup. Top with caramelized onion, raw walnuts and shaved coconut. This vibrantly purple mash is sure to please herbivores, turkey lovers, and even the little ones alike.

Hit up Fresh Cafe & Market for your next vegan fix -- now located at the YMCA Healthy Living Center, 12493 University Ave., from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. P.S. You don't need to be a member to stop by! Related:15 bars open in Des Moines on Thanksgiving