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Guide to Turkey Alternatives and Other Delicious Main Dish Ideas

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

If you crave that traditional dinner but want to stay cruelty-free, here are just some of the many options to try!  From frozen faux-turkeys that look and taste like the real thing, to savory, protein-packed grain roasts, to hearty vegetable-based creations, these main dish Turkey Alternatives can hold their own at the center of any Thanksgiving table. Whether you’re looking for store-bought, order-online, or make-your-own options, you’ll find the perfect delicious, cruelty-free main dish here.  Read about the terrible plight of turkeys here.


You can ask your local co-op or natural foods store to special order ahead of time if they don’t already carry 

1. Tofurky Roast: “The Tofurky Roast is a pre-cooked vegetarian feast designed to be the delicious centerpiece of your holiday or everyday meal. Made from a revolutionary tofu-wheat protein blend, our famous Tofurky Roast is known for its incredible, turkey-like texture and flavor. Stuffed with wild rice and whole wheat bread crumb stuffing, this roast carves and cuts just like turkey but without the bones. Made with organic non-genetically engineered soybeans.”

2. Field Roast: Celebration Roast: “We start with a rich and savory sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain “meat,” fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and granny smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. We then surround the stuffing with our most luxuriant grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice.”

Celebration Roast Box

3. Field Roast: Wild Rice Cranberry Fig Roast En Croute: “Our Wild Rice Cranberry Fig Roast En Croute is delicious, rich and nutritious. We start with a rich grain meat roast and fill it with a wild rice & quinoa sausage style stuffing. The sweet infusion of dried figs in the stuffing and the scrumptious vegan pastry give it the festive finishing touch.” WCF-web

4. Gardein Holiday Roast: This company’s products have taken the faux-meat world by storm. The Holiday Roast is filled with a spiced wild rice and cranberry stuffing and comes with delicious gravy. Serves 8.


Many of the items listed above can be ordered and shipped from either of the sites below and may be on sale:


Seitan Roulade with Sage and Sweet Onion Stuffing from Olives for Dinner

Savory Country-Fried Seitan Cutlets with Spiced Breadcrumbs and Maple Marinade from Kathy Patalsky


 Amazing Seitan Roast Stuffed With Shiitakes And Leeks from Isa Chandra/ The Post Punk Kitchen:

Chandra's Seitan

 Seitan Roast with Wild Rice and Chestnut Stuffing from Vegan Dad

Maple-Apple Cider Tofu With Stuffing and Apple Cranberry Chutney from Vegan Dad (these are absolutely gorgeous and receive rave reviews – we served a modified version as our main dish at ThanksLiving 2013!)


Savory Golden Rice Loaf from Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes

Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf, from Oh She Glows!

Gluten and Grain-free Savory Thanksgiving Loaf from Fat-Free Vegan

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Leslie Durso

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

For more tantalizing vegan recipe ideas check out one of our personal favorites sites VegWeb or Buzzfeed’s suggestion of 32–count ’em–32 recipes!


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