My purpose in this review is to eliminate the misconceptions associated with vegan foods. I have been a vegan for over three years now, and have eaten a Tofurky each Thanksgiving since then. For anyone that does not know, a vegan does not consume any animal products, i.e. meat, dairy, honey, eggs, etc. A Tofurky is a vegan/vegetarian alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, made up of wheat gluten and tofu. On the inside of the "log" is a wild rice stuffing, and, if you buy the "feast" and not just the Tofurky itself, the box comes complete with a container of vegan-friendly gravy and a bag of apple-potato-cranberry dumplings.
While it's true that Tofurkys aren't shaped like a turkey (they look more like a short log), I don't feel that it detracts from the eating experience much at all, especially because you're going to slice it up anyway. I had though that the flavor of the Tofurky was more of an acquird taste, but recently, my omnivorous father tried it, and he said that it wasn't bad at all. My sister, who is also newly vegetarian, enjoyed it as well. I don't know how to explain the number of people who dislike Tofurky, but I suppose that, with all foods, some people will like it, and some will not. I myself love the Tofurky, and even when Thanksgiving has come and gone, I continue to eat the leftovers until they are gone. I will admit that the Tofurky is a bit rubbery when cold, but regains its meat-like texture upon being re-heated. (I'll admit that there is something weird about having meat-shaped meatless foods, but I digress.) I think there are several people who hear the word "tofu" and cringe, despite having never tried it. The stuffing has the same taste and texture of the stuffing that I used to eat years ago, and the dumplings taste much better than they sound, especially with a little sugar sprinkled on top.
One serving of the Tofurky itself has ten-percent of your daily recommended amount of fiber, and sixty-eight percent of your daily recommended amount of protein. The dumplings also contain significant amounts of fiber and protein.
While I am aware of the debate over whether or not soy-consumption is good for you, I would like to mention that I rarely eat soy. I am not advocating that anyone eat large amounts of soy, because I am uncertain of how healthy (or not) it may actually be. Like I said before, my goal is not to force or ask anyone to eat or drink anything. I only hope that, one day, people can be more accepting and understanding of the vegan diet.
I hate tofurky. I hate the idea of a tofurky. And I get offended when people expect me to eat tofurky. It’s a bland, chewy, tasteless roll of fake meat, containing mushy under seasoned stuffing, and vacuum sealed into a plastic bag. It even retains the shape of the plastic bag, and resembles a log when served on the table. I thought tofurky was an urban myth, made up by some crazy vegan. I certainly had never seen on at any of my holiday meals. … more
My user-name was derived from the title of a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I came to Lunch with the hopes of publishing reviews that would be appreciated by others and reading the reviews of others that hope … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
Tofurky, Turtle Island Foods' trademark for its meat substitute, is a turkey meat substitute made from a blend of wheat gluten, or seitan, and organic tofu. The company uses it for many of their meatless products, including deli slices, sausages, jerky, tempeh, burgers, and franks. All Tofurky products are vegan and approved by the Vegan Society, and most are kosher-certified by the Kosher Supervision of America.