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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Our Very First Tofurky Thanksgiving Dinner

The question that has come up the most this month from our non-vegan friends has been:


Every year we go to my sister-in-law's house and since they own a farm it is safe to assume they are so...NOT VEGAN. Although we have decided to bring some of our own side dishes, we wanted to try the Tofurky Feast many vegans enjoy on this holiday. 

In addition to the turkey promotion, Shoprite was also giving away a Tofurky Feast for free if you spent $300! We got ours and tonight was our own special little vegan Thanksgiving. 

It was DELICIOUS! No, it didn't taste like turkey but that is the whole point of becoming vegan, isn't it? 

Tofurky Roast 
Roasted Root Veggies
Sweet & Spicy Plantains
Steamed Broccoli & Asparagus
Pumpkin Bread Stuffing (Recipe Below. YUM)
Tofurky Gravy
Canned Cranberry Sauce (The best kind)

I love the idea of using pumpkin bread in a stuffing recipe. It adds such richness and flavor to the Thanksgiving meal. I used this recipe from the No Meat Athlete for the pumpkin bread. It makes two loaves and I used both loaves in the stuffing. I cut the sugar to one cup for this dish. Make the loaves a few hours ahead of time so they have time to cool. The stuffing is sweet and savory with flavors of apple, sage, and rosemary. Definitely try this for Thanksgiving! It is a winner. 

Pumpkin Bread Stuffing


1/4 cup Earth Balance Spread
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup Leeks, chopped
1 cup Red Onion, chopped
1 cup Apple, cored and chopped
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
1 tsp Dried Sage
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1 cup White Wine
11/4 cup Vegetable Broth
2 Egg Replaces (I used Ener-G)
2 Loaves Pumpkin Bread, cut into 1" cubes


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat Earth Balance and olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until melted. Add leeks and onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add apples and spices and cook for another 5 minutes. Add cranberries, wine, and broth and bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. 

2. Combine bread and egg replacers in a large bowl. Add leek mixture and fold together until well combined. Pour stuffing into a greased 9"x1" pan. Cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Take foil off and cook for another 20 minutes or until the top is a little crispy looking. 


  1. Your feast looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish I could have been there to enjoy it with you!

  2. Thanks. I know right! That would have been so much fun :)

  3. That is a good deal for Shoprite to give these for free for people who buy $300. By the way I looked at some other posts and seitan has more protein than meat. In Philadelphia there is a steak sandwich place that makes steak sandwiches with tofu or seitan instead of meat.

  4. Where is this place in Philadelphia? I will have to Yelp or Google. That sounds fantastic!

    It is a good deal if you shop at Shoprite anyway. I kind of split my shopping between Whole Foods and Shoprite. The closest Whole Foods is an hour away, so Shoprite is convenient.

  5. Thank you so much for the glowing review!! Enjoyed your blog and will be following....

    Chef Greg Rekas
    R&D Chef Tofurky

  6. Philly steak sammie!! I recently reformulated our Tofurky Roast Beef deli slices. I was born and raised in Philly and they make a great Philly steak sandwich. I use some Daiya, but I do have trouble getting some good Chester PA. (Bouno's Bakery) style rolls out here in Oregon!!

  7. Farrah, there's more than one place in Philly with veg cheesesteaks, but Blackbird Pizza is a good first stop. Check out Happy Cow.Com. Philly is up and coming when it comes to vegan food.

    The Tofurky Feast was $9 less at ShopRite than at Whole Foods. I had no idea you could get if free if you spent $300 there. I wonder if this was all ShopRites?

  8. Blackbird Pizza--here we come! I am still learning my way around Philly. I always manage to get lost. I don't know if all ShopRites ran the promo, but I know I spoke with some friends around NJ and they had the same promo.

    Greg-thanks so much for the follow. We are fans of Tofurky products. I love the Italian style sausage too. I find so many uses for it in my dishes.

    I will have to pick up the deli slices and try that cheesesteak idea. Thanks! :)

  9. I enjoyed reading your blog. I'm very glad to see so many mouth watering recipes which are so easy to make. Thank you for taking to write useful blog posts.

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