We are continuing our series on preparing for the upcoming holidays. We hope this vegan holiday meat buying guide and review will help. For vegans and vegetarians it can be difficult navigating the expectations of friends and family during this time. I have known vegans who say they don't care. They tell their friends and family we don't eat animal products and we don't eat with other people who eat them. So you can come to our vegan holiday meal or we won't see you.
For most of us that is an extreme position to take. Especially when there are so many vegan and vegetarian options for holiday roasts, turkey and ham. In fact there are some new products that we didn't have just this time last year and I'm excited to try them. I love that vegan companies are starting to do well and focusing on giving even more variety and better products each year.
So what meat free ‘meat' should you use as the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal? We hope to help you with that. This is a simple evaluation of several meat free roasts, turkeys and hams for the Holidays. They are generally made by three different companies and we will give you a run down based on the company and their line of products. We will start with Field Roast on the next page. They actually have something new this year and we can't wait to try it
Field Roast Brand
This company is always trying to stay on the cutting edge with their ‘meats' and ‘cheeses'. They have many offerings for the Holidays including something new this year so we will start with that.
Smoke Foragers Roast
Field Roast describes this product as a traditional bread and wild rice stuffing wrapped in a rich smokey tomato grain meat seasoned with our own special blend of spices. It comes with a pineapple mustard glaze.
Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, organic unbleached wheat flour,
expeller pressed safflower oil, tomato paste, naturally flavored yeast extract, red wine (red wine, salt), garlic, wild rice, barley malt, chanterelle mushrooms, butternut squash, organic expeller pressed palm
fruit oil, huckleberries, sea salt, celery, onions, paprika, dried red bell pepper, granulated garlic, lentils, porcini mushroom powder, organic wheat flakes, spices, whole wheat flour, sugar, onion powder, carrageenan (Irish moss sea vegetable extract), yellow pea flour, liquid smoke, shiitake mushrooms and mustard powder.
PINEAPPLE MUSTARD GLAZE:
Crushed pineapple (pineapple, pineapple juice), brown sugar, evaporated
cane juice, Dijon mustard (water, vinegar, mustard seed, salt, white wine, fruit pectin, citric acid, tartaric acid, sugar, spice), water, sea salt and natural smoke flavor.
Celebration Roast With Bread Stuffing and Gravy
Described on their website as a Delightfully seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice, this evolution of our classic Celebration Roast 2 lb features a traditional bread stuffing made with fresh onions, celery, cranberries and butternut squash. As a special accompaniment to the roast, we offer you the perfect portion of our Porcini Mushroom Gravy. Simmered on the stovetop, the gravy combines the dark, rich, earthy flavor of porcini mushrooms with diced shiitakes to create the ultimate vegan gravy. A centerpiece, appetizer or sliced in a sandwich; our new Celebration Roast is still perfect for any occasion.
Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil,
bread cubes (enriched wheat flour, salt, sugar, yeast), yeast extract, barley malt, whole wheat flour, butternut squash, granulated garlic, organic wheat flakes, onion powder, organic expeller pressed palm fruit
oil, garlic, yellow pea flour, celery, onion, lemon juice, sea salt, lentils, organic sweetened cranberries (organic cranberries, organic evaporated cane juice sugar, organic sunflower oil), carrageenan (Irish moss sea vegetable extract), black pepper, red wine, tomato paste, rubbed sage, rosemary, spices, paprika and natural liquid smoke.
PORCINI MUSHROOM GRAVY:
Organic wheat flour, naturally flavored yeast extract, porcini mushroom
powder, cane sugar, onion powder, sea salt, shiitake mushrooms and spices.
Our review and info on your meat free options for the Holidays continues on the next page!
Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute
It's described on their website as A vegetarian roast that holds a lot of flavor! Rich, hazelnut-infused grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry.
Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, cranberries, crystallized ginger (ginger, cane sugar), toasted hazelnuts, yeast extract, barley malt, whole wheat flour, nonsulphured dried apples, granulated garlic, onion powder, yellow pea flour, organic ginger juice (organic ginger, citric acid), toasted sesame oil, lemon juice, sea salt, spices, carrageenan (Irish moss sea vegetable extract), red wine (red wine, salt), tomato paste, black pepper,
natural hickory smoke flavor with torula yeast, garlic, rubbed sage, rosemary, paprika, Yukon Gold potatoes and natural liquid smoke
Enriched unbleached wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, expeller pressed palm oil and sea salt
Classic Celebration Roast
Described on their website as a rich and savory sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain meat, fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and granny smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. We then surround the stuffing with our most luxuriant grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice.
Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, naturally flavored yeast extract, barley malt, whole wheat flour, granulated garlic, butternut squash, organic wheat flakes, onion powder, apples, garlic, mushrooms, yellow pea flour, lentils, lemon juice, irish moss (sea vegetable) extract, sea salt, tomato paste, red wine, black pepper, rubbed sage,spices, rosemary, paprika, natural liquid smoke and carrots.
Field Roast also has a meat free “Meatloaf” as well. You can see all of their retail product by clicking here.
On the next page we will look at the Tofurky products available. They have some new and improved offerings this year to check out! Learn all about them on the next page.