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Holiday Roast Review

Holiday Roast Review

Howdy, folks! I'm coming at you today with a product review, just in time for Thanksgiving!

This will be my very first holiday season as a vegan! 

I plan on spending the day with family and friends, and of course, eating lots of scrumptious vegan food.

Unfortunately, I am not quite on the same level of some of the more skilled and experienced vegans out there. At least, not yet. Therefore, there will not be any homemade Thanksgiving entrees at my house this year. 

I will be serving some homemade vegan sides, of course. But there won't be any healthy lentil loaves or anything of that nature. I'll do my best to learn that for next year, though! 

That said, I'm going to be keeping my main course simple this year. I'll be having a Gardein Holiday Roast with Cranberry and Wild Rice Stuffing in place of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. 

I was at my local Target the other day, where I saw this product for the first time. It looked and sounded pretty delicious, and I figured I should try it and see if it would be suitable for Thanksgiving. 

I bought it for about ten dollars. (I'd say that's a pretty hard to beat price, especially considering how delicious it turned out to be! And it's completely vegan! Score!)

So, I brought the roast home and cooked it up. While it was cooking, Josh and I couldn't help but notice how delightful our apartment was starting to smell. It smelled like Thanksgiving! 

When the roast finally came out of the oven, I was pretty impressed. It had held together well, and the outside had crisped up to a nice golden brown. We warmed up the gravy that was included in the package, and started to carve the roast. 

Holy cow! I could not get over how delicious it looked, or how closely it resembled the roasted turkey of my past. How the heck do they do it?!

Once everything was carved up, I tossed it on a plate and started taking photos. But not before snagging a quick taste. I was floored. "Are we sure that this is vegan?" I asked Josh. 

We double checked the package, scanned the ingredients once more, and confirmed. It's definitely vegan. Color me impressed!

As soon as I was done taking pictures, we plated our meals and sat down to eat. I drizzled some more gravy over my "turkey" and potatoes, and I dug in.

"Mmmm!" "Oh, wow." "Whaaat?!" "This is unreal!"

That's all we could say while we sat there and happily stuffed our faces.

The verdict

The gravy was creamy and delicious. (We ended up having lots of gravy leftover, so we ate it the next day with french fries. That was always one of my favorite junk-foods before going vegan, and I wasn't sure that I'd ever have it again. I was wrong! This tasted just like the gravy of my past, and I didn't feel sick after eating it! Winning!)

The "meat" itself was very similar to "real" turkey, without the guilt. I am a bit of a texture nut, and I was thoroughly impressed with how far from faux this seemed.

The stuffing turned out to be my favorite part of the meal. It was flavorful, with just the right texture, and it added a bit of oomph to the whole dish. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this for your holiday dinner. 

It's certainly not the healthiest of meals, but since when is an American Thanksgiving known for it's healthiness? My suggestion is to watch your portion size, and supplement this with lots of healthy vegetables. 

Have a safe and happy holiday, friends. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

And remember, there is always something to be thankful for! 

This is not a sponsored post. The opinions above are my own, and I have not received any compensation for this review. I have written this review solely for the purpose of sharing my personal experience, and, hopefully, making your life a little easier. Thanks for visiting! Have a great day! ;)




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