Nov 14, 2015

10 Plant-based Turkey Alternatives for a Nourishing, Plant-based Thanksgiving.

When I say “turkey alternatives” I am NOT referring to “Tofurky” “Field Roast” “Turkey-less Stuffed Roast” or any of the other fake, trying-to-look-like-turkey-but-I’m-not-turkey crap lurking on health food stores’ shelves. I’m talking about WHOLE FOOD in its natural state without a bunch of fillers, stabilizers, texturized and isolated soy proteins, vital wheat gluten, methyl cellulose, and other strange ingredients that would never find their way onto my holiday plates. Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

So I’ve rounded up some yummy and beautiful dishes that I’d like to share with you that are plant-based, made with whole foods that I know you will love.

But let’s talk about our feathered turkey friends for a moment…

Turkeys happen to be sentient, highly social animals. They love humans and enjoy having their feathers stroked and being cuddled. Turkeys are known to exhibit over 20 specific vocalizations, including a distinctive gobble, produced by males, which can be heard a mile away. Individual turkeys have unique voices. This is how turkeys recognize each other.

Did you know that  Turkeys blush when they are frightened, agitated, excited, or ill, causing their exposed skin to take on red, blue, and white hues…

No doubt, turkeys are beautiful creatures! So let’s be thankful for the many and diverse plant foods that can grace our table with their own beauty and life-giving nutrients this year… here are some main dishes that will brighten your holiday and nourish your body and soul!

Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry from Let the Baking Begin!




Thanksgiving Lentil Loaf from yours truly
(this recipe contains dairy but would be very easy to veganize!)
Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf from Oh She Glows
Pumpkin & Lentil Shepherd’s Pie from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken


It’s less than two weeks till Thanksgiving!! Are you cooking this year?
Happy, healthy trails,


10 responses to “10 Plant-based Turkey Alternatives for a Nourishing, Plant-based Thanksgiving.”

  1. But these feature added oil & even butter! 🙁 Disappointing…

  2. Lisa Canavan says:

    What a wonderful list….you gave me 2 great ideas to use for Thanksgiving! Thank you!!

  3. Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey should be the national bird. I kinda like the fakes in the stores, but I love real food, too. I'm an omni-vegan, I guess.

  4. Amy Crawshaw says:

    Thank you so much for compiling all of these tempting recipes into one post, Helyn!

  5. Elyse says:

    Definitely trying the cauliflower alfredo lasagna and may even veganize the butternut squash stuffed shells!

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