Gobble Up Some Tofu on Tofurky Tuesdays



Beer Can Tofurky!
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No doubt you're already familiar with Meatless Monday, the initiative started in 2003 that encourages people to make healthier choices for themselves and the environment. It's been gaining in popularity over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to food bloggers. Now, Turtle Island Foods would like you to also add a Tofurky Tuesday to your week's meal planning.

If you don't already know what Tofurky is, it's a fairly large product line of vegan meat alternatives. The most recognizable is the Tofurky Roast, a popular alternative for veg*ns for holiday meals. But there are also deli slices, ground Tofurky, "not dogs" and sausages as well. Turtle Island also makes tempeh, a product made of fermented soybeans. The smoky maple bacon is a delicious bacon substitute for BLTs.

Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of fake meats. Some products end up having a ridiculously long list of barely pronounceable (or understandable) ingredients in order to mimic the texture and flavor of meats. To me, that's a bit creepy. But Tofurky uses organic, non-GMO soybeans and environmentally safe processes to turn those beans into tofu and tempeh. And the lists of ingredients are a lot more straightforward than even a lot of actual processed meats. Plus, they're really good. They're an excellent source of lean, cholesterol-free protein.

Even better, Turtle Island Foods is one of a shrinking number of independently owned, but widely available health food product makers (Amy's Kitchen and Daiya are other notable large, independent food-producing companies). It’s frightening and disappointing to find out that so many vegetarian and “organic” food makers are owned by huge conglomerates that can make one wonder about the veracity of their claims and exactly what their profits are supporting. The Cornucopia Institute has a graphic that shows the ownership of the popular “organic” food companies.

So, if you’re thinking about adding Tofurky Tuesdays, you can sign up for a “care package” on their website to get you started. They've also got some great recipes for getting creative with Tofurky. Me? I’ve already got a Tofurky roast and gravy thawing in the fridge for tonight’s dinner.

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