Posted by Manda Rose.
According to Mercy for Animals, “More than 300 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. every year вЂ“ 40 million for Thanksgiving dinners alone. “ Thankfully, we individually have the power to choose whether to continue this horrific tradition or to start a new tradition of compassion for animals. There are tons of options for non-bird meals for Thanksgiving, or as some veg folks have dubbed it – “Thanksliving.” Whether you want to make your own homemade nut roast,В go with a mock-meat Tofurkey or Field Roast, or enjoy a vegan potluck meal with other cruelty-free friends, we’ve got you covered.
Firstly, if home-made is your thing, try out some delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes posted on Mercy For Animals website, or VegWeb. Most recipes can be made vegan by simply using a vegan butter alternative and soy/rice milk. Casseroles and desserts are easy to vegan-ize and lets face it: the side dishes are totally where it’s at.
You can get tons of vegan side-dish ingredients at most stores (hello, cranberries!), but its important to have a vegetarian roast option available at the stores. We checked out some local grocery stores to see how we’re looking on vegan roasts this year and here’s what we can tell you so far. You can find Tofurkeys at The Living Earth (Worcester), Wegmans (Northborough), Whole Foods (Framingham/Bellingham), and Roots Natural Foods (Leominster). We’ve put in calls to Shaws in Webster Sq. Worcester, as well as Stop n Shop on West Boylston St. Worcester, and Trader Joes in Shrewsbury. All three locations are working on getting some Tofurkeys within the next week. On average, basic 1lb Tofurkey roasts will only set you back $10, and $4 for the gravy. You can get a 3lb Tofurkey feast for $25 or less and it comes with faux wishbone, gravy and vegan chocolate cake. Whole Foods has Gardein mock meats, 1lb Field Roast Celebration Roasts ($8) and fancy looking 2lb Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry En Croutes ($24). Loving Hut (Chandler St – Worcester) has mock-Turkeys in their freezer section as well. Hopefully there are other local stores carrying vegan options, so report back to us and let us know where you found yours!
If you want to break bread with other veg folks there are some cool events going on locally. This upcoming Saturday, November 19th, Clark University’s veg group SAAVY is hosting their annual vegan SAVVY Thanksg(l)iving!, complete with vegan mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, pies, sweet potatoes, and lots more. The event always has a huge turnout. If potlucks are your thing, whip something up and join other Worcesterites on Thanksgiving day for aВ Vegan Thanksliving Day Potluck Celebration / Meetup !В
If you’re not in cooking mood, but want to spread some holiday good will,В you can always opt to adopt! … a turkey, that is. Check out www.adoptaturkey.org- seeking to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving.