I half jokingly asked on my facebook profile a couple weeks ago if anyone was going to have a tofu turkey this year at Thanksgiving. Honestly, it didn’t sound too tasty to me. I’m not vegetarian or vegan although I have nothing against it. My sister actually was vegetarian for many, many years. When Turtle Island Foods, the makers of Tofurky contacted me for a review, I gladly accepted. Mostly out of curiosity but also because my family likes to try new dishes.
Turtle Island Foods & Amy’s Kitchen Tofurky Vegetarian Feast
What comes in the Tofurky Vegetarian Feast? Quite a bit comes in the relatively small box.
- Stuffed Tofu Roast (32-ounce), including Wild Rice and Bread Crumb stuffing
- Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Organic Chocolate Cake (11-ounce)
- Tofurky Giblet Gravy (14-ounce)
- Tofurky Jurky Wishtix (the vegan version of a wishbone)
Turtle Island Foods are the makers of the famous Tofurky brand. Turtle Island Foods offer a full line of vegetarian foods including: tempeh, deli slices, sausages and hot dogs. Amy’s Kitchen is the country’s leading source for natural and organic convenience foods. In the feast is her Vegan Organic Chocolate Cake.
What is Tofurky made of?
My biggest question was: What is Tofurky made of? Their Tofurky products are made from organic tofu and gourmet, non-genetically modified ingredients.Here’s a simple list: Wheat gluten, organic tofu, canola oil, soy sauce, corn starch, white bean flour, garbanzo bean flour, lemon juice, onion, carrots, celery, salt, and calcium lactate from beets.Mystery solved!
Is Tofurky any good? Will my kids eat Tofurky? Hands-On Review of Tofurky Vegetarian Feast
Like I said, I was curious and a bit skeptical. I like to introduce new foods to my kids of every cuisine so I was ready to enjoy this adventure. I purchased the Tofurky around noon and had hoped to prepare it for dinner. It requires 24 hours to defrost in the refrigerator so I waited until today. However, once I read the full directions today, it stated that if it is not defrosted, it can just cook an extra hour and be fine.
My 3 year old, Elizabeth has become quite the cook lately. I cannot make any meal without her help! She happily helped me prepare the Tofurky Vegetarian Feast. Being that I have never prepared a Tofurky before, I was happy to find a couple recipes on the box. There are more recipes online too. I decided to prepare the Tofurky Roast with sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions.
You can cook the Tofurky in a roaster with tight-fitting lid or cover with foil. In addition to the vegetables, the recipe calls for a baste of olive oil, soy sauce, and sage. Cover with foil and cook for 2 hours 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then add the rest of the baste and cook uncovered for 15 minutes longer. So, Tofurky is a simple dish to prepare!
To my surprise, my house had delicious smells floating through the air. Who knew Tofurky smelled good?! The Tofurky is stuffed with a wild rice stuffing, I think this is part scent we were smelling.
In addition to the Tofurky, I made Candied Sweet Potatoes and Corn Bread Muffins. The Candied Sweet Potatoes recipe was included in the box, however that recipe was a vegan version, I made mine with ingredients I already had.
Even with the smells filling up my home, I still had doubts about the Tofurky. Check out the cooked Tofurky Roast below.
So, I still had doubts when I pulled it out of the oven. And then I cut it open and my doubts were erased. It looked delicious and the smell was just amazing. I knew we were in for a treat!
The feast came with a Tofurky Giblet Gravy, which I also wasn’t sure would taste “real”. Below is a picture of the Tofurky Roast with Giblet Gravy.
Now comes the test. Will my kids eat Tofurky? Is Tofurky any good? Below is a picture of our entire Tofurky Vegetarian Feast, plus the sweet potatoes and corn bread muffins.It is a rather full plate of food! Kinda like Thanksgiving!
I set the table, with Elizabeth’s help of course as she loves to help. My husband and I eagerly sampled it first, because we were curious if Tofurky was any good. I kept my eyes on the kids, waiting to see their reaction. “Wow, this is Good!” was the first comment I heard, from my husband. “This is really great, Mommy!” from my son. I didn’t hear anything from Elizabeth because she was eating it up!
Finally, “Mom, I like your food” came from Elizabeth. We were all very, very pleasantly surprised at how delicious Tofurky was. It has an incredible meat-like texture and taste. The wild rice was moist, flavorful, and just plain excellent. The giblet gravy taste just like turkey gravy in taste and texture. The Tofurky Vegetarian Feast is very gourmet-like in taste and presentation (after it is sliced).
See how much my kids like Tofurky! Remember how full their plates were from above. Now, look at their empty plates. They ate way more than they normally do at dinner time. Empty Plates say it all: Kids love Tofurky! I didn’t think that the small box could contain a “feast”, however it is very filling! We had a few leftover slices of the Tofurky. The Vegetarian Feast is suppose to feed 6 people and I feel that is right on. The roast recipe however needs a few more veggies to make it enough without adding side dishes like I did.
For dessert, we enjoyed the Vegan Organic Chocolate Cake from Amy’s Kitchen. Again, skeptical me wondered how good vegan cake could be. This was the moistest chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It was rich and scrumptious. What have I withheld from my family from being so ignorant about these products? I just wish that the size of the included cake was larger. They are sold apart from the feast, I will be finding this for my family.
Tofurky is an excellent alternative for vegetarians and vegans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no reason to be left out of the holiday celebrations and dinners when there is Tofurky!
And for us, meat-eaters, this is a great meal any time of year to enjoy with family and friends. I would not hesitate for one moment to serve this meal again to family and friends. In fact, I’ll be purchasing the Tofurky Vegetarian Feast to have on hand this holiday season. This serves 6 people easily,
Buy Tofurky Vegetarian Feast
You can buy Tofurky and other Turtle Island Foods in stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Wild Oats, Publix, Kroger, Fred Meyers, Harris Teeter, and natural food markets. I found mine at Mustard Seed Market in Fairlawn, Ohio. The Tofurky Vegetarian Feast runs from $19.99 – $29.99. You can also buy the roast separate.
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Turtle Island Foods who provided the products for review & giveaway.