Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's Talk Tofurky: New Products for Veg*ns on the Go

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

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It’s that time of year again; Tofurky Day is next week! While I strive to make more “whole foods” for my family, I do like and appreciate a Tofurky roast. It’s a great way for a new veg*n to survive the holidays, and it’s also great for those of us wanting a nice turkey substitute on our traditional holiday tables. The Tofurky feasts are really good, and the gravy is delicious (but be sure to follow preparation instructions exactly or you’ll get a dry roast). But there’s more to Tofurky than just, um, Tofurky.

Last year, I wrote about Tofurky’s parent company, Turtle Island Foods (still independent!) and their line of great vegetarian and vegan meat alternatives (most under the Tofurky brand name). This year, they’ve expanded their line to include some new convenience meals: “chick’n” pot pie, eggless quiche, and hot sandwich pockets.

They graciously sent me a sample of several of the new products to try out. I have to say, I was a bit dubious about a vegan pot pie. Not the filling so much, but the crust. Gotta have a rich, buttery crust on a pot pie; otherwise, what’s the point? But this pot pie (including the crust) was delicious. It was actually better than the pot pies I remember eating when I was a kid (and my husband agreed). I was hoping that my daughter (a picky eater) would like it, but once she finished the top crust and was just left with mostly filling, she pushed it aside. But we gladly finished it for her.

The quiche was also quite tasty. I’m not a big fan of really eggy quiches, so because this one is egg-free, I liked it quite a bit. But if eggy quiches are your preference, this version isn’t going to do much for you. The pockets were also quite good and easy to prepare. The pepperoni pizza (with an herbed crust) was my favorite. I didn’t even let my husband have the second pocket in the package. And I feel no remorse.

Now, just because these are vegan foods, don’t think they are “health food.” The pot pie has about as much fat and calories (and sodium) as a standard pot pie of a similar size. Which is why it tastes so good. The pockets, however, are definitely more diet-friendly, with each at 300 calories or fewer per pocket.

Each of these are all healthier than traditional versions, though, since they are made with organic tofu and non-GMO vegetables and other ingredients.

Check your local grocery’s vegetarian freezer section for these new products. If you can’t find them, put in a request with customer service to stock them. They’re great to keep on hand for a quick and/or no-mess meal.

And if you're planning to prepare a Tofurky Day Tofurky, check out their "The Roast with the Most" photo contest and get coupons for Tofurky products.

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