The frost is on the pumpkin and vegans near and far are either visiting family and friends or hosting get-togethers that will warm the cockles of our hearts.
‘ Tis the time of year when everyone seemingly succumbs to one Romanesque food orgy after another; and while family and friends eat normal food that is binge-worthy like turkey and ham and green bean casserole and candied yams and sausage stuffing and pumpkin pie, vegans can easily feel left out since we abstain from all of it.
Fear not, Vegan Nation! With some simple planning and a couple trips to your favorite natural foods or specialty store, we too can frenetically feast on 100% vegan certified food that will leave our collective tummies stuffed and our consciences completely clear.
There are two excellent meatless turkey alternatives with which to celebrate Thanksgiving:
The first is ideal if you are hosting other vegans: Tofurky’s Vegetarian Feast by Turtle Island Foods, Inc. is a meatless Thanksgiving in a box! For roughly $21, turkey will be a distant memory with this meatless organic soy roast flavored to taste as close to the real thing as you can get without touching a hair on the Tom’s fuzzy little head.
The feast takes all the guesswork out of planning a meatless Thanksgiving meal. It also comes with stuffing made from organic brown rice seasoned with a variety of natural ingredients like vegetarian herbs and spices and cane juice, palm oil and sea salt.
No stuffing is complete without ‘giblet’ flavored gravy; and this year Tofurky has partnered with Amy’s Kitchen to pack in their vegan chocolate cake for dessert!
Another simpler option is served up by the Original Field Roast Grain Meat Company and is ideal of your kind vegan heart isn’t set on a meatless turkey menu. Field Roasts’ Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute costs about the same as Tofurky’s Vegetarian Feast, but focuses solely on the quality and presentation of the roast.
It consists of a vegetarian grain meat that is touched with a nuance of hazelnut and stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples, and is wrapped in a delicate 100% vegan puff pastry shell.
So, being a vegan at Thanksgiving—or any traditional family holiday for that matter—doesn’t mean that we of the Vegan Nation have to do without or sit their glumly at the dining room table forlornly watching carnivorous cousins chow down on what was once a proud Turkey Tom while we munch on sprouts, nuts and mashed taters drenched in Earth Balance.
In fact, with these two delicious options from Turtle Island Foods, Inc. and Original Field Roast Grain Meat Company, our vegan ranks may swell when family and friends see how we eat eco-consciously and animal friendly meatless protein choices that look and taste just as good as the real thing, and are better for you and the environment.
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