The most popular alternative to Turkey these days is Tofurkey, or Tofu-Turkey, where Tofu is used to shape it like the bird. Another option is to try a Vegan Soy-Seitan Turkey – a great recipe by Chef Bryanna Clark Grogan; Soy gives it a much more appealing taste. My friend Dhivya also has a version of Tofu Turkey that you might enjoy!
Most people are immediately turned off when thinking of vegetarian alternatives to traditional meat dishes. But this isn’t because of experience, (since mostly like they’ve never even tried it), but rather because of conditioning. We’re brought up being programmed to think fowl when imagining a Thanksgiving meal. It’ll take a lot of deprogramming and a little willingness on people’s part to taste a soy turkey – but once they try it, they’ll be one step closer to rethinking their attitude.
Your part in all this is to make sure you don’t botch it up. Find a great recipe, and do quick pre-turkey day test run. This way you can rest assured on the big day and know your feast will be a big hit, with some turkey somewhere thanking you for being spared the gauntlet.
Why Adopt a Green Thanksgiving?
* Approximately 45 million turkeys are (killed) cooked and eaten in the U.S. on Thanksgiving? That’s about a sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.
* Besides death of these birds, Turkey dinners have their own carbon foot print, or in this case a “wing print”, responsible for raising the level of harmful gases that increase global warming.
* More than half the U.S. grain and nearly 40 percent of the world grain is being fed to livestock rather than being consumed directly by humans, leading to poverty and widespread death.
With these clear cut facts, we find ourselves hard pressed not to switch out turkey for soy even if just for one day. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is not about the food as much as it is about community – a gathering of loved ones over a feast regardless of what type of feast it is. And it’s hardly a celebration of gratitude if you’ve forced a turkey sacrifice for it, who I’m sure isn’t very grateful to have been included as an unwilling participant.
When you serve your “Tofu-Turkey”, ignore the stares and dig right in! Sooner or later everyone else will likely try it too – especially considering it’ll be too late to go anywhere else for a last minute meal:) Not to mention that 45 million turkeys will thank you for your efforts!
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