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  • Battle of the Brands: Gardein Holiday Roast

    by Kortney Campbell on December 11, 2012

    While I prefer not to eat mock meats too often, Gardein is my go-to choice, hands down. I’ve never tasted a product they’ve made that I didn’t like and the brand is overall pretty accessible – you don’t even have to visit a natural food store for it. However, this was my first bout with the Gardein Holiday Roast.

    Since the stuffing contains cranberries, off the bat, I knew the roast would be a bit sweeter than my go-to Tofurkey. This kind of bummed me out at first as I’m not a fan of sweet entrees or fruit in non-dessert foods. It also meant I couldn’t prepare it the same way I do the Tofurkey and I never follow the instructions on the box, so I had some decisions to make!

    We have an abnormal amount of apples right now and John, unlike myself, is a HUGE fan of sweet entrees and fruit filled non-desserts, so I put them to use!

    Here’s What You Need:

    • 1 Gardein Holiday Roast with Gravy
    • 2 red apples
    • 1/2 of a large sweet onion
    • 4 Tbs (or 1/2 stick) of Earth Balance Vegan Butter

    Here’s What You Do:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    • Place the roast in an oven safe 10 x 10 glass dish with a lid (the dish should be just big enough for the roast).
    • With your fingers, coat the top half of the Gardein Holiday Roast with the vegan butter (if the roast is completely defrosted, it is VERY pliable, so be careful).
    • Pour the Gardein gravy over the roast (it should be covered about 1/2 way).
    • Chop the apple and onion into small chunks and spread over the roast.
    • Cover with the glass lid and bake for 1 hour.
    • Uncover the roast and broil on high for another 20-30 minutes or until crisp on top.
    • Place on a pretty dish, slice and enjoy!

    All in all, the Gardein Holiday Roast was pretty great – not as sweet as I expected at all (score!) and definitely the most “meat-like” of all the roasts, which is great for sharing with carnivores! The apple-onion combo made for a nice addition to the gravy as well. So far, this one is John’s top choice and it’s a close race for me!

    I’ll be sharing my favorite way to prepare a Tofurkey next and what to do with your leftover gravy, so keep an eye out for more Battle of the Brands!

    How do you prepare your Gardein Holiday Roast or which Holiday Roast is your favorite?

    About Kortney Campbell

    I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Nicole Leigh December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hey! I’ve been reading this site for a while but finally decided to make a comment.

    Just wanted to say I tried the Tofurky last year and did the Gardein this year. I am way more impressed with Gardein, to be honest. That said, your Tofurky crock pot version may just have to be made so I can reevaluate this opinion.

    Thanks for all the great posts!


    Bonnie December 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    We had this at Thanksgiving. We put in the oven with quartered potatoes, baby carrots and vegetable broth. Then heated the gravy on the stove. It was awesome.


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