Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a day to be thankful. This year I am thankful for many things – my health, a peaceful home in the woods, moving closer to family this year and having a puppy greet me at the door. This year there is one big change for me. This is the first year I will not be eating turkey. I thought this holiday especially would be a difficult obstacle to overcome, but I haven’t even given it a second thought. My favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast has always been the sides anyway! There will be turkey on my family’s Thanksgiving table, but I will be bringing my own vegan option.
There are lots of vegan turkey options available on the market today. I have purchased the traditional Tofurky Veggie Roast and the Gardein Stuffed Turk’y. I am not sure which one I will be taking yet – I just can’t decide! I will review which one I use after our delicious feast. Below I breakdown just a few of the vegan turkey options available for you and your family to celebrate Thanksgiving cruelty free!
Tofurky Veggie Roast
Tofurky offers 3 sizes of holiday roasts but they are all the same – a turkey roast with a wild rice stuffing. Some packages include gravy and even brownies! In terms of nutrition, it offers a very high protein plant based option if that’s something you care about. One fifth of the small roast (147 grams) is 300 calories, 8 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 6 grams of fiber and 40 grams of protein.
Field Roast Celebration Roast
Field Roast is a newer company offering many very realistic meat and cheese replacements including one of my favorite cheeses – Chao Slices. Their Celebration Roast is a one pound feast stuffed with a sausage, butternut squash, and apple stuffing which is stable enough to cut leftovers for that famous Thanksgiving sandwich. My favorite feature of Field Roast meat alternatives is that they use so many whole fruits and vegetables in their meats instead of only tofu or vital wheat gluten. A 4 oz serving has 280 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 6 grams of fiber and 31 grams of protein.
Gardein Holiday Roast & Stuffed Turk’y
Gardein offers 2 vegan turkey alternatives – the Holiday Roast and Stuffed Turk’y. The Holiday Roast is great if you have a larger family, but I actually purchased the smaller Stuffed Turk’y option since I am the only vegetarian in my family. This package comes with 2 turkeys and gravy packets too. These alternatives are a little different from the ones above since they are breaded unlike the traditional roasted turkey and boast a cranberry stuffing. The nutrition does vary on these items though. For one Stuffed Turk’y (150 grams), you’ll get 290 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 3 grams of fiber and 23 grams of protein. One Eighth (90 grams) of the Holiday Roast, you’ll have 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 2 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein.
Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast
Trader Joe’s adds this holiday treat to their already coveted vegan product line during the holiday season. I was even on a waiting list to get one last year, but I wasn’t able to score one at all! With a $9.99 price tag for a 2.5 lb roast and gravy, this is the best priced product by far! No wonder they keep selling out so fast every year! This is also a breaded roast like Gardein with a stuffing inside. For one sixth of the roast, it has 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 2 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all!