Are you an herbivore in a land of turkey gobblers on Thanksgiving? Perhaps you’re like me and will be the only vegan sitting at the table. For those of us who avoid meat and dairy, having a Thanksgiving dinner with non-vegan family and friends can be a struggle. Many of us have had dinner with family who love meat and dairy, while we sit there pretty much just eating the side dishes. Well, not anymore!
This year, I’m seeking out an alternative main course for myself since I’ll be the only one abstaining from real turkey at the table. Here are some of the pre-made, dairy-free alternatives to turkey. Now, the question is: which one to buy?!
Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk’y
This Gardein product includes all the bases – turkey, gravy, and stuffing – so you can enjoy the taste of tradition alongside your meat-eating dinner guests. This stuffed turk’y is made mostly of non-GMO soy protein isolate and vital wheat gluten. The canola oil is also from non-GMO sources. Nutrition wise, one serving (there are two servings per pack) contains about 30% of your daily iron requirements and 23 g of protein!
Gardein Holiday Roast
In addition to their Savory Stuffed Turk’y, Gardein also offers a Holiday Roast. Buy this if you’ll be serving a group; it’s larger than the stuffed turk’y and can feed up to eight people. The meal comes with cranberry wild rice stuffing and home style gravy.
Image: Whole Foods
Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
Field Roast makes this roast exclusively for the holidays, and it contains no soy. The company describes it as a “rich, hazelnut-infused vegetarian grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry.” Sounds good!
Image: Field Roast
Vegetarian Plus Vegan Turkey Dinner
If you want a turkey alternative that looks just like a real bird, then this is the option for you. Vegetarian Plus sells the first whole vegan turkey with gravy and stuffing, and it serves eight to ten people. I’ve never had it, but reviews I’ve read suggest it’s juicy, full of flavor and nicely compliments your regular Thanksgiving side dishes.
Image: Vegetarian Plus
Native Foods Native Wellington (Available Only in Some States)
Native Foods Cafe sells a Native Wellington, but it’s only available in these locations: Chicago, San Diego, Colorado, Orange County, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington, D.C. The company describes it as “an elegant puff-pastry filled with savory Native Seitan, steamed kale and thinly sliced yams complete with Native stuffing made from whole wheat bread, a caramelized onion compote and rosemary and thyme herbed mushrooms.” Um. YUM.
Image: Native Foods
Tofurky® Roast is made with organic, non-genetically engineered soybeans (woot!) and comes with savory gravy, wild rice, whole wheat bread crumb stuffing, Tofurky® Jurky Wishstix, vegan fudge brownies and coupons. That’s a feast anyone would want to nom on.
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Wow, there are several options to choose from for lazy vegan eating on Turkey Day! I am not sure which one I’ll buy yet. How about you?
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