Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this year — like all years — Lady Freethinker encourages our readers to give back to the incredible animals we all love by choosing compassionate, plant-based options for the season’s celebrations.
Turkeys are extraordinary animals who can run up to 25 mph, see three times clearer than humans, and have 20 distinct vocalizations. They love their families, too! Baby turkeys, or poults, stay with their mothers for their first five months of life and male siblings form lifelong social units.
In nature, turkeys enjoy taking dust baths, cleaning themselves in the sun, foraging for food, and building nests. They’re curious animals who have been known to check out new people, smells, and sights at sanctuaries.
When left to live as they please, these amazing beings can live to be 10 years old. But when they are killed for food, they’re slaughtered after just 3 to 5 months of life, and typically spend their days in filthy, windowless sheds before being violently killed.
The good news is that we can all take a stand against cruelty and save turkeys’ lives this Thanksgiving and beyond by opting for delicious vegan roasts that don’t harm any animals. Check out some of our favorites below!
Gardein Holiday Roast
Gardein’s Holiday Roast is filled with brown rice, wild rice, cranberry and kale — it even comes with vegan gravy! Here’s where to buy it.
Tofurky Plant-Based Roast
Tofurky’s Plant-Based Roast is made from a delicious blend of tofu and wheat, and has a wild rice and breadcrumb filling. Top with the vegan gravy that’s included and you have a delicious holiday feast ready to enjoy! Find it at a store near you.
Field Roast Celebration Roast
The Celebration Roast by Field Roast is filled with a garlic and bread stuffing and has aromas of ginger and sage. Here’s where to buy it.
Trader Joe’s Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy
The plant-based roast by Trader Joe’s makes a great addition to any holiday feast! The roast itself is a combination of soy and wheat, is breaded on top and is stuffed with vegetables and wild rice. Find this scrumptious roast at Trader Joe’s.
Field Roast’s Hazelnut Cranberry Roast
The Hazelnut Cranberry Roast by Field Roast is stuffed with plant-based sausage, rosemary, candied ginger, rich hazelnuts, apples and cranberries, and is wrapped in a flaky puff pastry. Yum! Here’s where you can find it.
Plant-Based Roast With Gravy by Whole Foods
Whole Food’s 365 brand makes a meatless roast, stuffed with rice, celery, cranberries and complete with vegan gravy. It serves 6 people makes a great addition to any holiday feast! Find it here.
The Herbivorous Butcher Vegan Turkey Roasts
Two pound meatless turkey roasts — made from wheat gluten and a mixture of spices — are available from The Herbivorous Butcher, a specialty plant-based meat and cheese shop based in Minneapolis. The great news is, it can be shipped to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Order it here.
Field Roast’s Sage and Garlic Roast
Field Roast’s Sage and Garlic Roast is crafted with lentils, butternut squash, garlic, and is seasoned to perfection. Here’s where you can find it.
Want some other cruelty-free and delicious plant-based Thanksgiving ideas? Here are five quick and easy vegan alternatives for a delicious holiday feast that’ll be sure to impress your friends and family.