There is no reason for vegetarians and vegans to miss out on the goodness of Thanksgiving – thankfully the days of picking at side dishes are gone, and there are plenty of vegetarian main dish substitutes to entice even real turkey eaters! From the standard Tofurky to succulent Field Roast to recipes to make your own Seiturkey, read on for our favorite turkey alternatives that will ensure no one will go unsatisfied this Thanksgiving!
Gardein’s tender stuffed roast leans more toward gourmet than its faux meat counterparts, and the difference is discernable to your palate. I’ve tasted every single pre-made faux-turkey on this list, and my personal favorite is the stuffed Gardein veggie roast. It is TO DIE FOR. Better than real turkey. The “meat”, made from soy, wheat, peas, beets and carrots, has a flavor and texture that will satisfy even hardcore carnivores. The flavors, along with the included gravy, can pass for an extremely succulent and fancy stuffed bird, or just an amazing vegetarian dish.
An industry pioneer, the Tofurky has been a staple for vegetarians everywhere. Their Thanksgiving Roast comes with a bevy of trimmings including Wild Rice Stuffing, Giblet and Mushroom Gravy, and Tofurky Jurky Wishstix—their vegetarian version of wish bones. Wrapped in savory wheat gluten and tofu, the roast is juicy, and great for sandwich leftovers.
Field Roast Grain Meat Company makes a full line of faux meat products, and their Celebration Loaf, which looks more like a Beef Wellington than a turkey, is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The wheat-protein loaf is stuffed with a hearty, sweet butternut squash, apple and mushroom stuffing, and marinated with a smoky, garlicky finish – and the best part – layered in a crispy, flaky puff pastry. DELISH!
If you’re tired of store-bought alternatives and want to try something new this year, or just prefer to whip something up from scratch, try our flavor-packed recipe for vegan seitan turkey that you can easily make right at home. Check out our step-by-step video right here.
If you love the tradition of cooking your own meal from scratch, the Magic Vegan Loaf Maker is for you. The loaf recipes are seemingly endless: simply choose a protein, a nut or seed, a carbohydrate, vegetables, liquid, herbs, oil and a binder from a provided list. After choosing your desired combination, press “submit” and your personal recipe is created for you! The combinations are endless, allowing you to adjust according to what you have in your cupboards, and it is perfect for any time of year.
Quorn’s products have been acclaimed far and wide by vegetarians to be the most “meaty tasting.” Made from mycoprotein fungus, the vegetarian Quorn Turk’y Roast may not come with any fixings, but it can be dressed with a side of homemade stuffing and some mushroom gravy for a complete meal.
Going meat-free on Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean giving up the bird— Vegetarian Plus‘s Vegan Whole Turkey looks just like the real thing! The delectable-looking faux bird is made from soy and wheat protein and it feeds 8 to 10 people—plus it can be filled with stuffing for the complete effect.”
With one of these savory delights, you and your guests are sure to enjoy a tasty meat-free Thanksgiving!