This year has seen an increasing number of meat eaters opting for veg-forward dishes, and the plethora of plant-based holiday roasts confirms this. From solid seitan centerpieces to stuffing-stuffed meaty mains, the selection can be daunting. In lieu of trying a different roast every day of November to find your favorite, we did the heavy lifting (and eating!) for you. Only one question remains: which roast will be your Thanksgiving centerpiece?
1. Tofurky Roast
Longtime vegans may recall when Tofurky was the only Thanksgiving option, and despite the plethora of new options, we remain loyal to the original vegan roast. The traditional tofu and wheat-based roast is stuffed with seasoned wild rice and breadcrumbs, and while a solid choice on its own, we followed the company’s suggestion and basted it with veggie broth and fresh herbs. We also dug into the gluten-free mini cheesecakes which came with the Feast package (you can also find these dairy-free cheesecakes on their own in the freezer section).
2. Gardein Holiday Roast and Stuffed Turk’y
Both these Holiday Roast and Stuffed Turky’ products from veteran brand Gardein can be found in most superstores, and we greatly appreciate the accessibility of these products. Opt for the roast if you’re feeding your vegan household, or pick up the package of two individually stuffed turk’ys if you’re preparing a vegan holiday meal for one.
3. Herbivorous Butcher Turkey Roast
You can’t go wrong when ordering from America’s first plant-based butchery. The sibling-run company cranks out a bevvy of seitan-based meaty options, but we opted for the Turkey Roast for our holiday taste test. Both the taste and texture were satisfying enough to fill our turkey cravings without being too realistic to remind us of a dead carcass. There will definitely be Herbivorous Butcher meats on our holiday table this year.
4. Field Roast Celebration Roast and Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
Field Roast fans rejoice—the company known for its FRuffalo wings and sausages has the holidays covered with not one, but two centerpiece options. Those who enjoy a meatier texture should opt for the Celebration Roast, while puff pastry-lovers will delight in the Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute.
5. No Evil Foods The Pardon
We loved this roast before our first bite simply for the message behind its name. For every Pardon sold, No Evil Foods donates a portion of its profits to saved turkeys at the Full Circle Farm Sanctuary. Of course, once we carved into this, we were hooked. While completely seitan-based (there’s no stuffing), this roast is far from one-note. Serve over a bed of roasted fall vegetables for a complete holiday meal.
6. Whole Foods Market Meatless Plant-Based Roast with Gravy
This two pound stuffed beauty comes with a generous helping of heat-and-eat gravy. It’s dense yet flavorful thanks to its scene-stealing stuffing made with cranberries, celery, and onions. We enjoyed a few thinly cut slices with mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and a cascade of gravy (though the roast doesn’t need it—we’re just gravy enthusiasts).
7. Very Good Butchers Stuffed Beast
Beyond the fact that the name has us quoting Dr. Seus (Roast Beast, anyone?), we thoroughly enjoyed this plant-based feast. The meal-in-one features a crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside chickpea and seitan-based meat filled with an herby sweet potato, cranberry, and mushroom stuffing. Note: this company is based in Canada, so order in advance.
8. Chef Tanya’s Kitchen Turkey Love Roasts and seitan by the pound
What has Chef Tanya been doing all these years since she sold Native Foods? Cooking up fan-favorite seitan and other healthy delights at her namesake restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. Those who live within driving distance of this desert town can pick up a juicy Turkey Love Roast at her tiny brick-and-mortar, but those a bit farther off can order her savory seitan by the pound. Both pair beautifully with gravy and cranberry sauce.
9. Trader Joe’s Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with Gravy
When all else fails, we know we can rely on Trader Joe’s to meet all of our vegan needs. Even if you’re making everything from scratch, we highly advise you keep a TJ’s vegan roast on hand—just in case you burn the lentil loaf or your gravy ends up goopy. Hopefully, your dinner turns out flawlessly, which means you have a hearty roast waiting for your whenever the craving strikes.
10. Native Foods Cafe
While technically not a roast, the chain’s traditional puff pastry-encrusted Wellington is back! After its two year hiatus, the Wellington features steak-style seitan slices, herbed mushrooms, kale, caramalized onion, organge compote, herbed yam, and a cranberry shallot stuffing—served with a side of mushroom gravy. This holiday specialty is available for pre-order and can be picked up at your local Native Foods.
11. Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s Vegan Mushroom Roast
Beloved vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli teamed up with Whole Foods Market for the ultimate Thanksgiving collaboration. The mushroom-based roast is made with a blend of onions, tempeh, celery, garlic, and herbs to create a memorable, savory meal perfect for two. Coscarelli’s roast is available for preorder on the Whole Foods Market website and can be picked up at participating locations the week of Thanksgiving.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.
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