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The Lazy Vegetarian


Thanksgiving - What's on the Table?

Here in America, now that I've done my duty and voted, my thoughts turn to Thanksgiving.

For the first few years after we started eating vegetarian, we tried other main dishes for the Thanksgiving table (like quiche) - without much success. So, we started on a quest for a turkey substitute.

There are at least 2 major products out on the market - Tofurkey and UnTurkey. Now, you may love these, but we were very unimpressed when we tried them. In fact, one of them (I won't say which, but you know who you are) is affectionately referred to at our house as the "mummy head" turkey.

However, there is a harder-to-find product that taste so much like the real thing that you may be wondering what exactly the "secret ingredient" is! Admittedly, it doesn't look like a traditional turkey, but it still makes a nice presentation.

This product, made by Worthington*, has the mouthy name "Meatless Smoked Turkey Vegetable and Grain Protein Roll"! It come in a 4 pound frozen roll (I have several recipes to use up the leftovers), and is not exactly value-priced. But, then, we only buy it once a year.

I find the best way to get one is to call around to the local small vegetarian store and ask if they will do a special order for me. (I've had no luck with regular grocery stores or Whole Foods.) It helps to know the UPC - 2898927116 - to be sure that you are getting the correct product. And be sure to let them know that you want 1 roll, not a case of 4! Also, so you aren't surprised when you show up to get it, ask what the price will be.

In future posts, I'll give the recipe for cooking it - plus the recipes for the stuffing and roasted asparagus you see in the picture. And, of course, a couple of leftover recipes.

* A division of Kellogg's, who also make Morningstar Farms and Loma Linda products.

14 comment(s):

Well Thanksgiving is almost here and we all are preparing for it. And hey since you're into Vegetarian Thanksgiving you might like to check out my Thanksgiving Blog. I've also posted a little something on Vegetarian Thanksgiving. I'm sure you're find a few interesting resources there. And while you're at it please do share your thoughts. Well have great Thanksgiving!!!

By Blogger Sean Carter, at 8:57 PM  

I hope it tastes better than it looks. And if you actually eat it, I think "lazy vegetarian" is an unfair blog name. That is a sincere commitment to going meatless. Applause!

(Then, um, pass the real turkey)

- Texas T-bone

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 PM  

This will be my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian--I'm trying to figure out what to take to Mom's! Considering this product now...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:31 PM  

it's harder to find, but if your grocer has a wide selection of frozen vegetarian stuff, look for Quorn Turk'y Roast. Hands down the best ive ever had.


By Blogger miss beef, at 2:44 PM  

Thank you for your info. I just found your blog and I have subscribed! I have been a vegetarian for 10 years and still struggle with Thanksgiving.
Cathy in MN

By Blogger Partly Cloudy Knitter, at 9:03 AM  

Just thought you might like to see our T'giving dinner. http://mn-k.blogspot.com/2006/11/and-we-give-thanks_27.html
Hope you like the pie selection!
Cathy in MN

By Blogger Partly Cloudy Knitter, at 9:06 AM  

i've tried the worthington salisbury steak stuff, it was weird, yet good. I thought seven day adventists made it cuz it mentioned Loma Linda, but i guess it's made by corporate giant Kellogg. My only issue with them is they never use non-gmo or organic soy.

By Blogger healer, at 9:34 AM  

I will definitely look into this! Thanks

By Blogger SoVeg, at 10:53 AM  

If anyone is interested in finding these products such as worthington or Loma Linda foods. They can be picked up at any ABC store. That's Adventist Book Center. On the web go to http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/ then under the information guide box click ABC store locator to possibly find one near you.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:52 AM  

Oh, man, totally seconded! And I think I know which one you called the "mummy head" (My husband still makes comments...)

Worthington meat substitutes may not look like much, but all the work went into the taste, so I don't mind.

By Blogger Plain Foolish, at 7:34 AM  

Thanks for sharing, I am not a big mock meat fan but am looking at options for this holiday. I do LOVE Quorn products. Glad to have found your blog; I've a site as well that shares simple, easy, healthy vegetarian recipes. I'm looking for a good Black Bean Burger.. any thoughts?


By Blogger www.smellwhatimcookin.com, at 11:44 AM  

Personally, I think it is a mistake to serve imitation turkey or meat since it is possible to make a festive and flavor full meal: a salad some delicious butternut squash, cranberries and say, lentils


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:36 PM  

I have one of these meatless roasts right now in my fridge I was going to make today. Go to get ready to prep it and NO RECIPE or INSTRUCTIONS on the packaging. Can't find any on the internet either. Don't wanna ruin my husbands first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian....anyone know cook time, temp and any additional instructions???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 AM  

1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I do it in a pan that is lightly oiled and cover with foil. A roaster also works. If you stuff it, you can secure the ends back on using toothpicks. Happy Thanksgiving and let me know if that works out or you have more questions.


By Blogger Annie, at 10:47 AM  

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