6 Succulent Vegan Roasts to Try This Thanksgiving!
On today's factory farms, turkeys are bred, drugged, and genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible and as fast as possible. Because of this, many are left unable to stand. Sometimes, their legs will break painfully underneath them. Begin a new tradition this Thanksgiving by saying NO to their industrialized suffering and opting for a delicious meat-free meal instead.
We’ve listed three of our favorite vegan roasts which are ready to baste and pop in the oven, and for those of you who like to get busy in the kitchen, we’ve included three of our favorite home-made recipes which will have everyone asking for seconds!
Trader Joe’s Breaded Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy
Trader Joe’s offers a hearty vegan roast that’s stuffed with grains and has a delicious breaded coating. The wild rice and cranberry stuffing delivers a familiar and traditional Thanksgiving flavor. Find it in the deli section of Trader Joe’s.
Tofurky Holiday Roast
Tofurky’s scrumptious Holiday Roast is firm, moist and slices with ease. It comes ready to be basted, roasted, carved and devoured! Find it in the freezer section of major grocery stores including: Kroger Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.
Gardein Holiday Roast
Gardein’s hearty Holiday Roast is filled with a traditional wild rice and cranberry stuffing and comes with a generous serving of homestyle gravy. It’s firm and moist and slices beautifully. Gardein also offers a Savory Stuffed Turk’y which is similar but smaller, and perfect if you’re cooking for a small party or prefer individual servings. Gardein’s roasts can be found in the freezer section of major grocery stores including Target, Publix, Whole Foods and Albertsons.
There’s nothing quite like a home-made roast that you can adjust to taste with your favorite herbs and fillings.
Here are three of our favorite roast recipes that are sure to impress your non-vegan guests!
Stuffed Seitan Roast
Chickpea Veggie Loaf
Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf
● Try coconut milk instead of cream to enrich soups, purees, sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie.
● Try sunflower oil to replace butter in vegetable sides; its light, nutty flavor blends better with traditional holiday flavors than olive oil. If you’re after a traditional buttery taste, you can also try Earth Balance Buttery Sticks which are available at most major grocery stores including Walmart, Target and Whole Foods or Miyoko's Kitchen Butter which is delicious and palm-oil free and available either online or at Trader Joe's.
● Try silken tofu with a dash of lemon juice pureed in a food processor or blender and use it in place of sour cream, or try Tofutti's Sour Supreme available at Whole Foods, Albertsons and many local supermarkets.