Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

It's November 3, which means Thanksgiving will be here in, like, five minutes -- because that's how time works. As a meatless eater, if you wait until the 26th you'll be SOL, paying top dollar for a side of veggies at some overrated restaurant.

Luckily, if you plan in advance, no need to be relegated to bread and cranberry sauce -- the turkey alternatives get better and better every year.

Here are six delicious roasts to dig into on Thanksgiving day (or sooner).

See also: Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats

Gardein's Holiday Roast

This uber-realistic turkey alternative comes stuffed with cranberry, kale and wild rice stuffing, and paired with homestyle gravy. (They also sell a bag with two mini versions, if you want a solo, Thanksgiving-inspired dinner.)

Trader Joe's Turkey-less Turkey

Thank God for TJs. The wonder-store has a tasty roast-alternative packed with cranberry and paired with gravy. They also sell a bag with two mini versions.

Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

This increasingly popular grain meat company actually offers two turkey alternatives for the big day. First, a fancy puff pastry packed with hazelnut-infused grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries, and apples.

Field Roast Celebration Roast

Second, the more traditional choice, this roast features grain meat (seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic, and lemon) loaded up with 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.

Field Roast Forager's Roast

We spotted this extra-special roast at Whole Foods over the weekend. The Forager's Roast is made with foraged mushrooms, sweet butternut squash, and complex spices -- complete with a pineapple mustard glaze.


Call it the original faux-turkey, Tofurky always delivers with its "Vegetarian Feast." The whole package includes a hefty Tofurky roast, gravy, wild rice stuffing, "Tofurky® Jurky Wishstix," a vegan brownie, and coupons, too.

Try one -- or all! Why not stock your freezer with bird alternatives? The turkeys of the world will offer a gobble of gratitude.

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