As Thanksgiving Day approaches, vegans and vegetarians have just one request. Please don't call it Turkey Day. Instead, hungry eaters on plant-based diets are advocating the consumption of fake bird options, such as Tofurky. Among those eager to talk Tofurky and vegan Thanksgiving alternatives is the product's creator, Seth Tibbott, who's celebrating his company's 20th anniversary, reported CNN.
When Seth began his journey in the 1970s, he sought alternatives that would fit into his own vegetarian lifestyle. A stuffed pumpkin wasn't particularly appealing, and a roast made of gluten baked all day was downright disgusting. So Seth experimented until he devised the Tofurky Roast in 1995.
Just how recognized is Tofurky as the official un-bird of Thanksgiving? Jay Leno has given it the comedic seal of approval, while Seattle's mayor even pardoned a Tofurky this year. He named it Braeburn.
But don't kick Tofurky, says Seth. He's proud of contributing 3.4 million Tofurky Roasts to the world since he began crafting the object. And although they may look and feel like a football-shaped sponge, those fond of this alternative advocate adding soy gravy and plant-based stuffing for a feast.
For those who feel deprived if they don't cook for hours in the kitchen, recipes for vegan and vegetarian alternatives abound. Below is one for jazzing up that Tofurky.