Wow! We've been so distracted by ahem, current events, that the Big Cooking Day is just 'round the corner! Actually, I've been craving some of my plant-based Turk'y alternatives since last November. I wish they sold them for the rest of the year rather than just during the holidays!
It was a nail-biter last T-Day, because it was my first attempt at it totally WFPBNO (Whole Food, Plant-based, No Oil). It was the two of us, since an early snow in the Sierra's made taking a chance on driving over Donner Pass to the Bay Area a ridiculous idea. I ran down to Whole Foods and found the Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast and, somehow threw it into my tried and true T-Day menu ... cranberries, green beans, stuffing and yeah, you get it.
I need not have worried so much. I was the bomb. Ron inhaled it. Asked for seconds! And, he's from New Hampshire. His aunt Clare was one of those Norman Rockwell kind of New England cooks .... in a dinky little kitchen, with appliances from the '50's, and she could turn out meals that would've been James Beard worthy. So, the photo above was from that dinner: the Field Roast, cranberries, mashed yams with mushroom gravy, green beans with caramelized onions and almonds. All of it was oil-free! I made an apple/pear Galette for dessert. Yeah. Galettes are my thing.
But, really, this stuff goes fast, so you should get into your freezer and free up some space now. That's what I'm doing, because I intend to have a few of these holiday alternative proteins in there for the winter.
I was excited to see the Whole Foods 365 Plant-Based Roast. I'll let you know how that turns out, but it doesn't look all that different from the Field Roast version - at a much better price. But, hey, it's one day out of the year. Splurge!
But, I'm thinking that the 365 Meatless Plant-Based Roast might be just the thing for Christmas dinner? It's so easy to gin up sides to go with all of this, that's it a no-brainer.
I picked up one of the Quorn Meatless Roasts, too. I've had this before, and recommend it. It slices up great, and it's just the thing for Turk'y sandwiches! Whip up a vegan gravy using the Better Than Bouillion No-Chicken Concentrate, and you've got it nailed. Serve slices over mashed potatoes or - as certain men from New England like it - over bread as an open-faced hot Turk'y sandwich. I used the last pieces, diced, in a Turk'y Noodle and Vegetable soup!
So, don't wait! Get cracking and nip over to your favorite grocery store to get your holiday supply of the plant-based protein alternatives for T-Day now! Oh, and get a couple extra bags of cranberries while you're at it. They last in the freezer for months.
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