Posted by: suzan | November 13, 2011

A Compassionate Thanksgiving

Since I’m a vegetarian, I don’t eat turkey or ham for Thanksgiving. Or any day for that matter. So often, people ask me what I eat during the Thanksgiving holiday and I can easily tell you that there are many choices out there when it comes to food for vegetarians during Thanksgiving. Besides the usual sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, smorgasbord of pies, and stuffing, even a vegetarian can get “stuffed”. But if you really want to be part of the Thanksgiving celebration without the carnivores staring accusingly at you, then there are other meat-alternative options out there. You can find anything from soy to tempeh to wheat, but my favorite for the past few years have been a “turkey” from Tofurky.

Tofurky is a leading manufacturer of soy based, meatless meals that can be enjoyed by vegetarians or non-vegetarians. My son loves their deli sliced veggie meats because they are so incredibly flavorful and satisfying. I myself have enjoyed Tofurky for many years and I buy their products regularly. They sell everything from deli sliced veggie meat to veggie sausages to veggie pizzas, and every season, they make their specialty, Tofurky Feast. The Tofurky Feast is a meatless substitute for the traditional turkey or ham you’d eat during Thanksgiving and personally, I think it tastes a whole lot better. And it’s more humane, of course. You don’t have to sacrifice a poor, innocent turkey during the Thanksgiving holiday. Tofurky’s Tofurky Feast is like a complete meal – it includes a stuffed Tofurky roll, gravy, Tofurky jurky wishstix, and an organic chocolate cake from Amy’s Kitchen (yum!). You really can’t go wrong with this meatless turkey feast.

I think I’ve bought the Tofurky Feast for the past few years not because there are no other choices out there, but because it genuinely tastes great. The soy turkey is moist and juicy and along with the gravy, it goes great with the soy turkey or with your homemade mashed potatoes and stuffing. And they recently added Amy’s Kitchen’s chocolate cake to literally, put icing on the cake. In my previous reviews, I reviewed Amy’s chocolate cake and if you had a chance to try it, then you know how delicious the chocolate cake is. And the Tofurky Feast isn’t really that expensive compared to a real turkey. Depending on where you live and what store you go to, you can find the Tofurky Feast anywhere from $9.99 on up. They’re sold in practically every natural grocery store available and right now on Facebook, you can enter for a chance to win a Tofurky Feast of your own: http://www.facebook.com/tofurkyfan.

Tofurky is proudly owned by Turtle Island Foods, Inc. and they use only organic and all-natural products that are GMO-free, preservative-free, and contains no artificial ingredients. Their products are absolutely delicious and the varieties are sure to delight anyone who wishes to try the vegetarian route. Of course being a vegetarian isn’t all about eating veggies and fruit. It’s also about being humane, eating the right balance of foods that are filling and nutritious, and enjoying the good health that it brings.

Currently, on Tofurky’s website, you can send a Thanksgiving e-card that’s absolutely adorable: http://www.tofurky.com/ecard. It’s a fun and thoughtful way of sending someone a vegetarian Thanksgiving card and the best part is that Tofurky will donate $5 to Farm Sanctuary for every turkey adopted  through Farm Sanctuary’s  Adopt-A-Turkey  program using the link at the end of the card.

So this Thanksgiving, think about going a different route with your traditional turkey or ham. After all, Thanksgiving isn’t all about eating that piece of turkey or sliced ham. It’s about giving thanks to what you have and being appreciative. And most importantly, it’s about giving – and you can give this Thanksgiving by not eating a turkey – you can give them life.

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