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Meatless Monday Recipe: Thanksgiving Loaf with Gravy

Photo: Brad Klopman

Let this be the year you take yourself off the cruelty-grid and celebrate the beautiful spirits of all life with a meat-free Thanksgiving! Let peace begin on your plate. I promise it will spread to every area of your life.

Turkeys and chickens are not protected by law like our beloved pets. But they are no less sentient creatures that show tremendous love, form strong family bonds, and they've been known to mourn. Turkeys and chickens have the same desires as our dogs and cats--for love and safety and a peaceful existence.

Because they are not protected, the cruel conditions in which these birds live and die is unimaginable. And to think we are eating that energy! (Here is a NY Times article about what is unfortunately common practice in turkey processing plants.

Click here.


I simply want to suggest that there is kinder, gentler, healthier way for all of us to live. And this Thanksgiving, let peace begin on your plate with a vegan loaf.

When I ate meat, turkey was my favorite. So I would not lead you astray when I say the Tofurky loaf is delicious.

Tofurky also has a whole to-go Thanksgiving meal prepared. You can bring it over to your friend's or family's house so they don't have worry about how to feed the vegans! It feeds six.

The Feast includes the following: 

  •     One Tofurky Roast (made with organic non-genetically engineered soybeans)
  •     Savory Giblet Gravy
  •     Wild Rice, Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing
  •     Tofurky Jurky Wishstix
  •     Amy’s Organic Vegan Chocolate Cake
  •     Happy Tofurky Day card & coupons
  •     Each feast is 100% vegan, cooks in about an hour, serves six and tastes fabulous!

Yesterday I tried the Field Roast Celebration Loaf. (Available only at Whole Foods, I think.) And it was just okay. God bless them for trying, but to me it's not as good as other brands. (It's in the top photo.)

Word on the street is that the BEST veggie turkey comes from Gardein, pictured below. I'm excited to try it this Thanksgiving Day. I hope I can find some in San Antonio, where I'll be.

So the rest of the meal is just sauteed spinach with mashed potatoes and gravy. The most time consuming part of the meal is the gravy, but the recipe makes a lot and it lasts a long time.

Sauteed Spinach:

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil with about 1 teaspoon of garlic in a large pot over medium heat. (Don't let the garlic brown.) Throw in a bunch of washed fresh spinach with a pinch of salt. Saute for a minute. Put the lid on and let it cook for 2 minutes, then remove the lid and turn up the heat to high for about 30 seconds or so.  I usually dribble a bit of lemon juice over it too.

Mashed Potatoes:

5-6 large potatoes, peeled, cut and quartered, and boiled for about 20 minutes, or until a fork can pass through easily. 

When done, drain the water and add: 

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 c. Unsweetened Soy Milk

3 Tablespoons Earth Balance "Butter"

Golden Gravy:

(Taken from

The Real Food Daily Cookbook


Click here 

for the recipe. It's so freaking good. 

There you have it. Happy Cruelty-free Thanksgiving, friends!

Next Monday we have a guest blogger, Tamar from

The Curveball,

who is going to give us some easy vegan Thanksgiving sides recipes. Stay tuned....

"Let peace and love begin with me."

To learn more about the turkey industry,

click here.