But mainly, I just wanna check it out
What kind of main meatless dish do you usually prepare? I am sometimes grossed out by simulated meat, especially chicken stuff...can't stand it! So I may have just wasted my money, but why not try new things, right?
Re what I'd serve on Thanksgiving if I were doing a meatless meal, I'd probably go one of two ways: (1) an Indian-spiced meal, with a chickpea curry as the "main" dish, and a fenugreek-spiced stuffing side, along with a spinach side (among potential others) and the traditional pies for dessert (which I love), or (2) a mushroom and nut and/or grain loaf for the "main" dish (or maybe a wild mushroom sautee, instead), with traditional sides and, again, the traditional pies for dessert. A gluten roast could also be interesting - how do you make that?
This year we got the Wellington from Native Foods. Puff pastry with stuff in it. I can't wait to try it.
I find I don't much care for foods that try too hard to simulate meat, though occasionally something good does come along.
|Not so, AmandasMom! I think most carnivores (myself included) don't want to eat pseudomeat, since it's just not anything like the original.|
Vegmama, the one time we tried a Tofurkey (a couple of years ago) I didn't like it much, and thought it was really tough/rubbery. I would cook it the day of, since the microwave often tends to make things tough/tougher.
Our veggie main dish this year will be a roasted butternut squash and caramelized onion tart. We're also having green beans, roasted carrots, garlic mashed potatoes, two kinds of stuffing (cornbread and chestnut), and fresh cranberry/orange relish. Not to mention pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and possibly an apple/cranberry crisp for dessert. I feel sorry for the turkey eaters - why waste the tummy space when there's all these other yummy things to eat!!
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|Originally posted by AmandasMom
If there wasn't a market for it, and people didn't buy it, it wouldn't be there. There obviously is a market, and just because YOU don't want to eat it, doesn't mean that the millions of other people who eat meat wouldn't eat it.
I am mostly veggie by moral choice and actually like eating meat (I know it's gross but I like it). I do occassionally eat meat. Anyways, I LIKE the fake meat stuff. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
BTW dh was raised veggie, hates meat, and he does really love tofurky.
As for the tofurky cooking question, I'd cook it same day. It might get rubbery from the microwave. Make sure you have some veggie gravy on hand too It is easy to cook, be sure you have basting ingredients listed on box... soy sauce, orange juice, sugar or honey...). Current instructions are for slow roast 2 hrs at 300 degrees... in years past I think it was like a n hour at 350. Keep that in mind. And foil, must cover with foil.
Enjoy, maybe some meat eaters will get to try it ?
Gluten Pot roast:
Have 4 cups of raw gluten ready(recipe to follow this recipe)
Combine in a bowl:
1/2 cup of oil
3Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter ,or tahini(PB is better IMO)
1 cup warm water
1tsp. garlic powder
1tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Incorperate the seasonings into the gluten, there will be extra sauce. Put into a dutch oven or roasting pan. Add chopped potatoes, carrots,garlic, and onions around the gluten roast. Cover the roast w/ 1/4 cup of oil, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and 1 cup of water(put the remaining sauce into make the cup). Bake in a 350 degree oven uncovered for a 1/2 hour. Then cover and cook another 1/2 hour. Finally uncover and cook the last 1/2 hour. Baste several times while cooking.
Basic Raw Gluten:
4cups wheat flour
4cups gluten flour
2-3 cups water (enough for a stiff dough)
Knead 10-15 minutes until you have a smooth dough that bounces back when poked. Put in a large bowl, cover with water. Let soak for 1 hour. Knead it under water,this kneads out the starch and hold the gluten together. Change the water when it becomes murky. let it rest for several minutes. Then start the process over again.It will take several times to finish. When the water stays almost clear you are done ,you will have about 4-5 cups of gluten.
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I've decided to cook the Tofurkey when I get there, sounds like what most of you have suggested. As for my meat eaters trying it, I know at least my dh will. And possibly one other! After your posted though, I want to have Thanksgiving at my house next year so we can have a totally vegetarian feast. I bet none of our family would show up! Well, my mom would, but that would probably be all. Oh well, at least I'm putting new stuff out there.
As for the fake meat debate, I mainly eat it as a convenience. Like boca burgers, gardenburgers, etc. I like some, but not all and I don't think "oh, I'm having a hamburger. " It's just easier than making a grain loaf or whatever...I think eating meat is gross and sad and when fake meat is too much like the real thing, I can't do that either. Anyway, just my 2 cents. Did that make sense? I'm so tired right now!!!!!!!!!!