T hanksgiving is this week and, aside from that, this time of year seems to lend itself to setting the house on fire trying to deep-fry whole animals. Let’s do our part and try to get our families and friends to skip the turkey this year, though no matter what you bring, someone’s bound to say “what is that?”
“That,” you can say, “is cruelty free dinner.” Here are your choices:
The Tofurky – Turtle Island Foods classic vegan Holiday staple has been around a while, and all jokes aside, the Tofurky is still a great alternative. Stuffed with wild rice and whole wheat bread crumb stuffing, the Tofurky, though a little on the spongy side, is enough to feed 6 people and even tastes great the next day on a sandwich. Using the recipes on the box can give the Tofurky some extra flavor, or you can experiment with your own infusions. The gravy recipe on the box is also really good, so check the ingredients and buy them along with the Tofurky so you are prepared. Or, there is the Tofurky Feast that includes the Tofurky, stuffing mix, gravy and Amy’s Kitchen chocolate cake. It even comes with a Tofurky Jurky Wishstix, to make a wish for more turkey-free holidays (or whatever else).
Vegan Stuffed Holiday Roast – This delicious alternative from Match is relatively new to the vegan scene, and somewhat hard to find. I like the texture of this one a lot, and find it’s great to top with mashed potatoes and gravy. The only drawback is the sausage-flavored stuffing, which is tasty on it’s own, but maybe adds too much complication to an already busy holiday plate. That being aid, the Stuffed Holiday Roast is the one I’m choosing this year and the link above will take you to Vegan Essentials to purchase it if you wish, as online is the only place I’ve seen this tender roast.
Celebration Roast – Field Roast makes a lot of great artisan products, and for the holidays they actually have two. I’ve tried the Celebration Roast and while it’s not my favorite, it definitely not a bad option. The flavor is akin strangely to the meatballs found in Campbell’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, but in a charming way. It’s stuffed with a delicious stuffing of Field Roast grain meat, butternut squash, mushrooms and apples, and seasoned with rosemary, thyme and sage. Field Roast also makes a Hazelnut Cranberry Roast that I haven’t tried but looks tasty. Both can also be purchased online or at select grocery stores.
Savory Stuffed Turk’y – Finally, my all-time favorite is made by Gardein. The texture and taste are, to me, perfect and remind me of those days long gone, where I actually did enjoy eating meat. I think what I like best is that it doesn’t over-complicate itself with fancy stuffing or flavors; it’s just good. Good luck finding this one though, because I’ve only seen it at grocery stores a few times and they go quick.
Another option for Turkey-Free-Day is checking out your local vegetarian restaurants, who will sometimes produce something special for the holidays you can order for take-out. For example, Native Foods delivers their Native Wellington anywhere in the US.
Whatever option you choose, enjoy it and the holiday, and don’t worry if you can’t convince your fellow revelers to follow in your footsteps – at least you have made a difference.