vegan thanksgiving turkey alternative

Vegan Thanksgiving 101: Meatless Turkey Options

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This morning I read that one-third of Americans are considering going meatless this Thanksgiving. These numbers seem too good to be true, but I’m staying hopeful! I am also hoping to be mostly vegan this Thanksgiving for the environment, animal welfare and for my health. From my past experiences, a 100% vegan Thanksgiving is super easy if you live in the USA.

Trader Joe’s vegan Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with Gravy is the golden goose. Or whatever the vegan version of a golden goose is. I already have two of these in my fridge, waiting for turkey tofu day. Anyone you ask will testify that these are absolutely delicious and super easy to prepare.

The best things about them is that one roast can feed 6 people and it only has 220 calories per serving. This means it has a total of 1,320 calories, cranberry sauce and gravy included! So not only are you saving a life, you are also making a healthier choice for your body.

What if I’m a weirdo who hates Trader Joe’s Vegan Roast:

*gasp* are you even a vegan? Don’t cry, I’m totally joking. No high horses are allowed here. We are all doing our best and this is a judgement-free zone.

A less widely known vegan turkey option is The Pardon ‘Holiday Centerpiece’ from No Evil. Their products are sold in various popular stores that you can look up here. Personally, I have only tried their sausages so far and they were absolutely delicious. So I have no doubt that their other products will knock your socks off.

If you live in NYC, head on over to Riverdel in Brooklyn. Prepare to spend all your money on their wide variety of gourmet cheeses, mock meats and desserts. I personally recommend the Seitan’s Helper Turkey Roast. If you want it for this Thanksgiving, however, you may be out of luck. They are are so good and affordable that they sell out fast. If you are easily amused like me, you’ll also giggle at their logo of the grim reaper. Hail seitan!

Riverdel also sells ready made vegan pie, mock-cheese and meat platters. For $55 they will give you an entire vegan Thanksgiving meal that will feed 3-5 people. This can be picked up on Wednesday, November 27th if pre-ordered in advance.

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I am not much of a cook, so I’m not going to get into fancy recipes with you. For the ultimate everything-you-need-to-know-about-vegan-Thanksgiving guide, please read Live Kindly’s article. They are such a great recourse and news source for everything vegan.

Just keep in mind that their news is global, so when they announce new vegan products, check where they are being launched before you get overly excited. Unfortunately for me, the UK seems to be much further along vegan-wise than the USA.

vegan thanksgiving turkey alternative from Trader Joes
Vegan Thanksgiving turkey alternative from Trader Joe’s.
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