With Thanksgiving in a few weeks, our minds go straight to perfectly stuffed setian centerpieces, creamy mashed potatoes, and lush pumpkin pies. Less appealing is the thought of sweating in front of the stove for eight hours to impress our friends and family. If this is the year you’ve resolved to take a break from the kitchen and let the professionals do the work, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are five impressive vegan Thanksgiving meals you can order ahead and instead spend your precious time looking for those trusty stretchy pants in the back of your closet.
Cinnamon Snail—New York’s favorite vegan food truck-turned-two-brick-and-mortars—is offering a delectable Thanksgiving dinner for its eighth year in a row. This year’s menu is finger-lickin’ good with individual meals ($23) that include Pecan Sage Crusted Seitan with Grilled Mushroom Gravy, Rosemary Coriander Roasted Root Vegetables, Roasted Lemon Dijon Marinated Kale, Parsnip Sage Bread Pudding, and Cranberry Orange Relish—with a gluten-free option available. Additional sides and appetizers can be ordered individually and include a savory cashew-cheese based tart that we’ll be dreaming of until the big day arrives. Don’t forget to pick up a dozen of the Snail’s award-winning vegan doughnuts—this year with a holiday-themed twist in flavors such as Rum Roasted Chestnut and Pumpkin Creme—with your turkey-free feast. Oh, and they also have individual Pumpkin Chiffon Pie ($10). You’re making us hungry, Cinnamon Snail!
The popular West Coast chain is in the midst of a nationwide expansion (get ready, Chicago!) but that’s not stopping the good people at Veggie Grill from crafting a delicious vegan feast for Thanksgiving. The meal ($69.99) serves four to five people and includes a traditional spread of a Stuffed Holiday Roast (filled with wild rice and cranberries), cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed yams, cauliflower-mashed potatoes, porcini gravy, and cranberry sauce. Pre-orders must be placed by November 19, and meals are available for in-store pick-up (at all locations) on November 22. We encourage you to grab an order of Veggie Grill’s tangy Buffalo wings while you wait.
What’s better than having your Thanksgiving meal cooked for you? Having it cooked and then delivered to your door with zero effort on your part (other than clicking a button or two on the internet). Vegan meal delivery company Veestro is offering three entrées for the big day this year, each for $12.99. The Turk’y Scallopini comes with creamy mashed yams and crispy green beans topped with sliced almonds, while the Cauliflower Milanese (which comes with the same sides) is a perfect swap for the gluten-free crowd. The third dinner option, Herb Crusted Turk’y, features a porcini gravy, cornbread stuffing, and tangy cranberry sauce—and likely pairs well with a side of “hell, yeah!” Want pie with that? A luscious, pecan pie ($12.99) awaits online.
Blossom Du Jour
New York City vegan entrepreneur Pamela Elizabeth owns a whopping eight vegan restaurants, and this year, she is serving Thanksgiving offerings at both fast-casual Blossom Du Jour in Chelsea and finer dining Urban Vegan Kitchen (formerly Blossom on Carmine) in the West Village. At Blossom Du Jour, you can grab a meal ($23) for one (or several of them for many) for pick-up that includes Savory Herb Breaded Seitan, Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans and Carrots, Roasted Garlic Mushroom Gravy—or a gluten-free version that swaps the seitan for Pecan and Brown Sugar Glazed Winter Squash, and the stuffing for a cornbread-based version. For the extra lazy, all meals can be ordered for delivery across Manhattan. If you prefer giving your thanks by going out, Urban Vegan Kitchen offers a $65 prix fixe menu specially developed by Elizabeth herself. The menu includes a soup or salad option, a choice between four entrées (including Chickun & Waffles with maple syrup), and three dessert options (we’re looking at you, Apple Crumb Pie!). Do you feel like doing Thanksgiving dinner twice by visiting both? We won’t tell.
The Herbivorous Butcher
Does not cooking at all on Thanksgiving feel a little like cheating? We say: who cares?! Kale and Aubry Walch—the brother-and-sister founders of the country’s premier vegan butcher shop The Herbivorous Butcher—have created a feast comprised of their housemade, animal-free meats and cheeses that require just a smidge of preparation for you kitchen whiz types. For $115, the butchers deliver (nationwide) a seitan-based Stuffed Turkey, maple sage breakfast sausage, smoked gouda, chive cheddar cheese, a packet of Dandies marshmallows, and recipes (emailed to you) for sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy that you can feel proud to prepare yourself. The feast feeds six to eight—or just you until Christmas.
Anna Starostinetskaya is VegNews news editor and has a pair of stretchy pants for every occassion.
Photo courtesy of Veggie Grill