Why this blog?
For me, being vegan is a continual journey. Every day I find out something new about the things I use in my ordinary daily life. I am interested in finding new ways to enhance the vegan-friendliness of my life through the products I use, eat, wear or otherwise consume. Locating vegan goods can be confusing, and at times, even expensive. Ultimately, I would like everything I use to be as vegan as possible, from dish soap to makeup, to the shoes I wear, to my hair care products, and everything in between. I would also like to share with you information about what I try and what I discover along the way, in the hopes that it may be useful to you. I am also open to suggestions if you have anything you recommend, or if there is something you have always wondered about and would like me to check out. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks for reading!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
So I didn't exactly get this post up in time for Thanksgiving as I originally intended, but better late than never, right? It's not like we don't still have other holidays, (or even other Thanksgivings for that matter!), still coming our way. My husband and I decided to give the "Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y" a try a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and while we still cooked our traditional Tofurky on the big day itself, I can see incorporating stuffed turk'y into future meals, especially those involving family get-togethers where having something tasty and yet still easy to make would come in handy.
All you have to do is toss it as-is in the oven, so prepping couldn't be simpler. This would be a great food item to have on hand, especially if you are a non-vegan entertaining a vegan guest and you aren't sure what to make as a main course. Likewise, if you are a vegan wondering what to bring for yourself to someone else's house, this would be easy and it wouldn't take up much space. It looks a little funny right out of the oven, a bit like a small potato, but then you slice it up and drizzle gravy all over it and it's ready to be eaten!
The day we tried it, we went for a simple "comfort food" meal, and paired it with a baked potato and some broccoli, but you really could serve it with any number of side dishes. The gravy has a fantastic sage flavor and I really loved it. (I am a bit of a gravy fanatic and always buy extra Tofurky gravy too.)
The outside layer of the turk'y was crispy, and the onion, celery, cranberry stuffing on the inside was soft and tasted great. What I like about Gardein products, (and this is also true of Tofurky and Field Roast,) is that when you read the ingredients, you actually recognize all of the words--there aren't any bizarre ingredients that you have never seen before. I know it is more "processed" than something you would make yourself from scratch, but sometimes it is nice to indulge in something tasty and festive that is also easy to prepare.
So for me, this product is a keeper. While I still enjoy my Tofurky for Thanksgiving and my Field Roast Celebration Roast for Christmas, I am sure I will also be able to find plenty of other occasions for enjoying the Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y as well.