There are many reasons to love Thanksgiving: the warmth of family, an excuse to eat an entire pie, and the joy of cooking an enormous feast that involves ten hours of preparation and at least five shopping bags full of ingredients. Not so excited about that last one? Us neither. This Thanksgiving, we’re outsourcing our cooking to the people who do it best! Here are five vegan companies that will deliver the bounty of Thanksgiving to your table so that you can leave your cooking worries behind.
Vegan meal delivery service Veestro is pulling out all the stops this Thanksgiving with a few options that will please traditional palettes. Ordered a la carte ($11.99 each), customers can opt for one of two options: Herb Crusted Turk’y with Porcini Mushroom Sauce, which comes with a side of cornbread stuffing and a tangy cranberry sauce, or a gluten-free Cran-Apple Stuffed Holiday Loaf with Herbed Gravy, which comes with a side of green beans with toasted almonds and coconut candied yams. Feeding a family? Veestro will deliver their Holiday Family Meal Pack ($169.00), which includes four portions of both of the aforementioned a la carte options, as well as sides, and their housemade pecan pie.
The Cinnamon Snail
Beloved east coast food truck The Cinnamon Snail creates delectable meals every Thanksgiving, but due to their busy schedule—including the opening of their new brick-and-mortar location at The Pennsy in New York City—Thanksgiving options were scaled back last year. The good news is that this year, the Snail revamped its holiday menu with new savory options and lots of decked-out desserts. Offerings can be ordered as an individual meal ($23), which includes Pecan Smoked Tea Crusted Seitan with Grilled Mushroom Gravy, Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetables, Sage-umeboshi Plum Marinated Kale, Parsnip Sage Bread Pudding, and Cranberry Orange Relish, or a gluten-free version ($23) with Red Quinoa Croquettes with Roasted Lemon Dijon Dressing, Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Chestnut Wild Rice Pilaf, Cranberry Orange Relish, and Sage-umeboshi Plum Marinated Kale. A host of sides such as Curried Butternut Squash pastries ($38 per dozen), White Truffle Mac & Cheese with Porcini Breadcrumb ($72 for a 10-person tray, gluten-free available), and a cashew-cream and coconut milk-based Pumpkin Chiffon Pie ($10 for 5-inch pie, $43 for 9-inch pie) are available a la carte. Pre-ordered meals can be picked up locally on November 24 at the truck in Brooklyn, NY, Manhattan, NY, Hoboken, NJ, or Red Bank, NJ.
This option is for those looking to keep a little cooking in the tradition this Thanksgiving. Meal delivery kit service Purple Carrot pre-portions every ingredient and packages them along with recipes (which change weekly) to help members create chef-inspired dishes. For the week of Thanksgiving, Purple Carrot is offering meals that capture the best of the fall harvest season, including Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Avocado Vinaigrette, Cashew Korma with Cauliflower Rice and Soy-Glazed Mushrooms, and Chestnuts with Baby Bok Choy. Membership costs $68 per week, which covers three (two-serving) meals. Purple Carrot recently announced its partnership with Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region, which means customers will also be able to pick up meal kits in-store at Whole Foods’ Dedham, MA location.
The Herbivorous Butcher
The first vegan butcher shop in the United States is celebrating its first Thanksgiving with a great meal that can be picked up at The Herbivorous Butcher’s Minneapolis shop, or shipped nationwide. Brother and sister founders Kale and Aubry Walch (winners of VegNews’ 2016 Veggie Awards in the category of “Media Darlings”) specialize in small batch plant-based meats and cheeses, and their Thanksgiving Feast ($80 for pickup, $115 for delivery; feeds six to eight people) offers a selection of both, including a 2.5-pound Stuffed Turkey, Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage, Smoked Gouda, Cranberry White Cheddar, Plain Butter (salted), and Maple Butter. The duo also throws in a recipe for cornbread stuffing, using ingredients included in the feast.
Native Foods Cafe
The crispy crust of Native Foods Cafe’s Native Wellington ($34)—along with the seasoned seitan, sweet potatoes, kale, caramelized onions, fresh mushrooms and stuffing found inside—dances around in our dreams all year long. The vegan cafe also offers two desserts ($19.95 each): a classic pumpkin pie which comes with a ginger crème on the side, and a pumpkin cheesecake made with a ginger-spiced crust with pecan caramel sauce on the side. All dishes come frozen and ready to bake, and can be picked up from their 14 locations nationwide between November 15 and 23. All we need is a bottle of champagne and a long nap afterward. Talk about a food coma!
Photo courtesy of Veestro
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