So I bet you’re wondering…what do vegans and vegetarians feast upon on Thanksgiving? Well a year ago, we were wondering the same thing and came across meat-less turkeys…yes, it’s a thing. We ended up purchasing a couple popular brands so we wouldn’t be missing out on those Thanksgiving feels. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to lessen your meat consumption this holiday season, we have the insider’s knowledge below. These are similarly stocked on the shelves during the holidays along with the standard American classics. All are frozen so that you can purchase now for later, require little to no preparation and include seasonal sides. We are here to tell you where to find these festive entrees in Buffalo and a quick review with each. Now let’s get into the November issue of White Gloved Vegan.
You’ve probably heard this term being tossed around in a mocking matter, but it’s no joke! Tofurky will actually be selling its 5 millionth vegan holiday roast this Thanksgiving! It’s exactly what it sounds like too… a “tofu turkey”. This is the easiest to find as it’s quite popular among vegans and vegetarians. This non-gmo tofu and wheat blend was created in 1995 by a young teacher looking to provide a true meat-free turkey for meatless eaters to experience during holidays. This was the first of its kind and truly set the standards for meatless products. This has an overly-satisfying taste and texture that pairs well with the herbed wild rice stuffing.
How many servings: 5
Where to find: Whole Foods, Wegmans, Lexington Co-Op, Feel Rite, and the Vegan Grocery Store
Average Price: $12.99
Gardein Holiday Roast
Within the past year, “Gardein” has become a household name with their scarily realistic ‘meats’ and flavors. Their holiday roast has a breaded outer layer which complements the moist traditional stuffing tucked in the middle. Gardein also sells individual savory stuffed turk’y and turk’y cutlets.
How many servings: 8
Where to find: Wegmans, The Vegan Grocery Store, Whole Foods, Lexington Co-op
Average price: $15.99
Field Roast Celebration Roast
Field Roast has many holiday roasts filled with feel-good earthy ingredients. Their popular is a classic 1lb roast that has a traditional stuffing compiled of cranberries, onions and butternut squash. One of their more sophisticated roasts, in our opinion, is their hazelnut cranberry en croute which is a fancy word for “delicately wrapped in a savory puff pastry”. The latter is our personal favorite.
How many servings: 8 people
Where to find: Wegmans, The Vegan Grocery Store, Lexington Co-op, Whole Foods
Average price: $12.99
Made from recognizable ingredients such as soy, peas, ancient grains and wheat, this meat alternative is breaded and filled with a wild rice cranberry stuffing. The crunchy texture and tender taste is that of sliced turkey, but without the meat of course. You’re always safe buying Trader Joe’s products as they never disappoint. This one is very reasonably priced at $9.99 for 40 oz… that’s a lot of food.
How many servings: 6
Where to find: Trader Joe’s
Average price: $9.99
Vegetarian Plus Whole Vegan Turkey
If you’re looking for a show stopping presentation, this is it. Their vegan ‘bird’ not only delivers a realistic taste but truly represents a holiday centerpiece. Surprisingly, it has the exact shape of a cooked turkey so it will really fool your dinner guests! It looks and tastes like the golden roasted turkey featured on the box and the included stuffing can be ‘stuffed’ inside. You can’t get any more real than that can you? Although, you’re definitely paying for the presentation.
How many servings: 26
Where to find: Whole Foods
Average price: $49.99
Our ‘White Gloved’ recommendation: Call ahead if you will be traveling to get your meat-free turkey to ensure that they have them in stock. Our favorite is the Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute. Field Roast seems to be an all around popular choice among vegans and vegetarians alike and is reasonably priced!
If you have an inquisitive taste palate, The Co-op will be offering a tasting of their most delicious and seasonal vegan recipes including meatless roasts, Lexi’s homemade sides, vegan charcuterie, and Lexi’s vegan pie bar on Sunday November 18th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. at both the Lexington and Elmwood locations.
After indulging in one of these cruelty-free entrees, don’t be shocked if you’re not tempted to stock your freezer for year-round delicacies. Gather together…Give Thanks…and eat a cruelty-free turkey this season!
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Perks Café, a well known downtown establishment, has recently opened a new location at the Horsefeathers building on Connecticut Street and to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. The exposed brick and inviting atmosphere complements their delectable vegan selections. Above, are just a few of our brunch favorites. Top left, is a vegan breakfast sandwich that includes tofu scramble, vegan cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and seitan on a toasted everything bagel. Bottom right is a caprese grilled cheese containing cashew cheese, nut-free pesto and sliced tomatoes toasted on hearty bread. You can’t leave without getting one of their signature milkshakes, our favorite, a dark chocolate dairy-free EAT ME ice cream blended with almond milk and topped with Rich’s Cafe-whip.
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