I am Canadian. I am vegan. I am not a fan of the mass slaughter of indigenous peoples.
And yet, there is something I love about Thanksgiving.
That something, specifically, is the food.
In honor of that love (and to dispel the idea that turkey day is all about turkey), I present this guide to delicious meat-free Thanksgiving foods.
As a new vegetarian I partook of a plethora of nut loaves. Some were dry and stodgy, some hopelessly crumbly, some were just grey blobs of no flavor in particular.
A few were truly inspiring. These loaves, smothered in gravy and delicately seasoned with the knowledge that some big dumb animal didn’t suffer and die for me, filled the turkey-sized hole admirably in the early years.
The Brits are excellent makers of nut loaf, so I offer you a British homage to the lovely loaf, accompanied by links to lots of recipes.
Tofurky Vegetarian Feast
All carnivores automatically assume we veggies eat tofu on Thanksgiving, so why not do it in style?
There are many who love Tofurky’s roast and their complete feast package. Admittedly, I find the Tofurkey roast yummy and weird in equal measures.
According to their website, the Tofurky roast “is known for its incredible, turkey-like texture and flavor” which could explain why I think it’s a little freaky.
Still, it is dead simple to prepare and it comes with a super awesome Tofurky day card!
Side note: Shouldn’t there be an “e” in Tofurky?
Field Roast’s Celebration Roast
Last Thanksgiving we centered our feast around Field Roast’s tasty Celebration Roast. This allowed us to spend hours making sides and gravies and pies, all the while knowing we had an almost-no-effort centerpiece to hang the whole meal on.
This little roast makes no attempt to taste like turkey, which is good, since no one really likes turkey anyway.
Instead, it tastes like real food. Have a look at the ingredients list and you’ll see why. The Celebration Roast is made entirely of items that you’ve heard of before.
In fact, you could probably replicate this quite faithfully in your own kitchen.
Madeleine Bistro’s Thanksgiving Sandwich
The year we went to Madeleine’s for Thanksgiving, I had a stomach flu. Yep, I felt hip-hip-horrendous. But there was no way I was missing out on the big day.
Even though I felt like death, Madeleine’s Thanksgiving sandwich – which is pretty much an entire Thanksgiving feast slipped between two slices of lightly toasted bread – kicked ass.
Many a time we have made Madeleine’s-style Thanksgiving sandwiches at home, using our leftover Celebration Roast in place of their seitan turkey.
Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
This year, we’ll be trying Field Roast’s Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute for the first time.
Since I’m saving it for the big day, I’ll have to let Field Roast describe it themselves.
A rich, hazelnut-infused vegetarian grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry.
Admittedly, I’m a little hesitant about the whole crystallized ginger thing. What is that doing in there? But, based on my past experience with Field Roast, they know what they’re doing. I can hardly wait to try it.
Full disclosure: Field Roast sent this over for me to try. Free vegan food!?! I kind of feel like I won the lottery.
Full full disclosure: We actually may go to Native Foods for Thanksgiving, in which case we’ll have to eat the Cranberry Roast on Friday. Poor us.
Happy cruelty-free and food-filled Thanksgiving everyone.
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