To Tofurky, or not to Tofurky? Here's 9 vegetarian and vegan turkey substitutes for your vegetarian Thanksgiving: Reviewed, listed and pictured. A complete guide for a turkey-free meatless Thanksgiving celebration for vegetarians and vegans. And, no, they're not all made from tofu, don't worry!
It used to be that if you wanted a vegan turkey substitute for your Thanksgiving dinner, you turned to Tofurky. Now, there's plenty of options, but Tofurky is still a popular choice - and... with good reason. Read on to find out more about the best meatless Thanksgiving turkey substitutes and which one you should choose.
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Learn more about Tofurky, the brilliant name that revolutionized Thanksgiving and mock meats forever. You have two options when it comes to Tofurky: It's sold alone, as just the mock turkey, or with stuffing as part of a complete vegetarian Thanksgiving meal (the Tofurky "feast"), which includes the Tofurky roast, stuffing, gravy, dessert, a "wishbone" and even a "Happy Tofurky Day" card. What's not to love?
Learn more about Tofurky here, including vegetarian and... vegan Tofurky recipes and pros and cons of this mock turkey product.
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From the makers of Gardein brand mock meats (the stuff Whole Foods uses at their deli) comes this seasonal product, Stuffed Savory Turk'y, and now, gardein has added a full holiday roast (pictured), complete with a cranberry rice stuffing. Look in the frozen foods aisle to find this veggie turkey or try your natural foods store or Whole Foods.
Want to get more details about the Gardein turkey options?
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If you're not vegan, Quorn's holiday products are another option for a meatless Thanksgiving centerpiece. The turk'y roast is a soy-free loaf that serves five and can be roasted in the oven, much like a regular turkey. Their cranberry and goat cheese cutlets are also quite popular during the holidays. Read on for a full review of Quorn's turk'y roast, including where to find it, how it tastes, costs, and nutritional information.
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Rumor has it that the Trader Joe's brand stuffed turkey is the same as the gardein brand holiday roast. Try them both and decide for yourself. Here's what you need to know about the Trader Joe's vegan turkey. Also, how great is it that Trader Joe's has their own house-brand vegan turkey?Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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- Pros: Shaped like a turkey! Comes with stuffing which you can place inside the bird, or, use your own homemade stuffing. Vegan
- Cons: You won't be able to stop laughing at how it's shaped like a turkey! A bit pricier than other options, but it is a full 6 pounds, and should feed 12 - 16 people. Plenty of leftovers!
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A homemade turkey alternative can be a fun and healthy addition to your meatless Thanksgiving table. Not quite ready to try stuffed tofu? How about a vegetarian lentil loaf or nut loaf as the centerpiece? Perhaps not as traditional, but goes great with mashed potatoes and gravy. Or, keep it simple and just try some turkey-flavored baked tofu.
- Pros: Healthier and less processed. You control the spices. Fun!
- Cons: More work. Likely to be less aesthetically pleasing than the store bought turkey... substitutes.
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- Pros: Pre-spiced, no basting or spice rub needed. About one pound and less than $10, so good for smaller Thanksgivings. Like the Gardein brand, this roast is made from all-natural ingredients that you'll be able to recognize and is also soy-free. Check out the buyers guide to find out where to buy a Field Roast on their website, or, it's quite easy to order one online.
- Cons: Might not be for everyone. Some people rave about it, while others find it simply mediocre.
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- Pros: People that like ham say that vegan ham is really darn tasty. Makes a nice substitute for the turkey, and might also be nice for Easter or Christmas, not just Thanksgiving. Looks quite real.
- Cons: I never liked real ham, so the thought of vegan ham is a bit much for me, but plenty of other people like it.
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Can you believe there are even more turkey-free turkeys? Here are a few less well-known options:
- Native Foods' Wellington (pictured)
- Stuffed Hazelnut and Cranberry Roast from Field Roast
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Looking for more ideas for your vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving? Browse through this complete guide to meat-free Thanksgivings, including hundreds of recipes, gourmet Thanksgiving ideas, raw food menus, etiquette tips and more. Here's a small sample of what's included: