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Several weeks ago, I spotted this Gardein Holiday Roast on sale at my favorite grocery store (the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, in Mt Vernon, WA).  Of course I had to buy a box, since I’m always eager to try new vegan food products.

Gardein Holiday Roast

Gardein Holiday Roast

Since we’re skiing for 4 days over this New Year’s holiday weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to cook up this animal-free treat.  The roast will feed Eric and I for 3 dinners.  The box suggests that the roast serves 8, but I think 6 servings is more realistic and appropriate.

Preparation is a snap…

1.  Keep the roast frozen until you’re ready to cook it.

2.  Prepare the (optional) Basting Glaze from the recipe on the box…

Whisk together:  1 T tamari, 1 t vegetable oil, 1 T orange marmalade, 2 T orange juice, 1 t Dijon mustard and 1/4 t dried thyme.

(I didn’t have orange marmalade, so I used the apricot jam that I already had in my fridge.  I also used all of the juice from a fresh-squeezed orange.)

3.  Place the frozen roast on top of your choice of veggies with about half of the glaze.  I chose onions and carrots.  My loaf pan was perfect for the job.

4.  Bake covered at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Drizzle half of the remaining glaze over the roast and bake another 15 minutes.  Repeat one more time, for a total of 60 minutes.

Basting Glaze and Frozen Gardein Holiday Roast

Basting Glaze and Frozen Gardein Holiday Roast

Cooked Gardein Holiday Roast with Basting Glaze over Carrots and Onions

Cooked Gardein Holiday Roast with Basting Glaze over Carrots and Onions

Instead of baking the potatoes in the glaze (which probably would have been better), I baked 3 potatoes in a pan.

Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

The roast includes a 14 ounce gravy packet that you simply thaw and heat.  Note that we ate the whole packet of gravy in one night!  We didn’t need to skimp on the gravy since I made extra (Mmm…that would be the Mushroom Gravy recipe out of “Big Vegan,” by Robin Asbell.)

Gardein Homestyle Gravy

Gardein Homestyle Gravy

If you follow this blog, you’ll recognize this Pineapple Cranberry Sauce:

Pineapple Cranberry Sauce

Pineapple Cranberry Sauce

We rounded out the meal with steamed broccoli and cauliflower.  After I took this picture I drenched everything with more gravy!

Basted Gardein Holiday Roast with Carrots & Onions, Homestyle Gravy, Pineapple Cranberry Sauce, and Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Basted Gardein Holiday Roast with Carrots & Onions, Baked Potato, Homestyle Gravy, Pineapple Cranberry Sauce, and Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Finally, I must NOT forget to mention that the Gardein Holiday Roast is absolutely, utterly, and wonderfully delicious!  YUM.  I look forward to my next 2 dinners!

Speaking of forgetting…

I forgot to prepare a dessert…oh, BOO.  Instead, a spoonful of Wax Orchards Classic Fudge will have to do!

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Question:  What does a vegan eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Answers…

1.  Almond-Covered “Cheese” Ball (from “Big Vegan,” by Robin Asbell)

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2.  Wayfare Foods “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese” Hickory Cheddar and Mexi Cheddar Spreads

Wayfare Foods We Can't Say It's Cheese Spreads - IMG_7528

3.  Gingered Carrot Soup

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4.  Sweet Potato Bisque (from “Forks Over Knives:  The Plant-Based Way to Health”)

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5.  Cranberry Quinoa Salad

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6.  Mixed Greens Salad

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7.  Thyme-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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8.  Green Beans & Cranberries

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9.  Garlic-Glazed Green Beans (from “The Vegan Table,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

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10.  Candied Yams

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11.  Baked Cinnamon Yams

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12.  Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes

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13.  Pumpkin Rice

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14.  Sweet Potato Biscuits

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15.  Apple-Rosemary Dressing

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16.  Cranberry Sauce

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17.  Cranberry Chutney

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18.  Roasted Vegetable Gravy

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19.  Field Roast Celebration Roast

Field Roast Celebration Roast with Roasted Vegetable Gravy - IMG_7142

20.  Basic Mushroom Gravy with Herbs (from “Big Vegan,” by Robin Asbell)

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21.  Field Roast Cranberry Roast En Croute

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22.  Harvest-Stuffed Acorn Squash (from “The Vegan Table,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

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23.  Tofurky Vegetarian Roast (Yes, it is delicious!)

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24.  Pumpkin Pie

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25.  Willamette Valley Fruit Company Marionberry Pie (dairy free!)

Willamette Valley Fruit Company Marionberry Pie - IMG_7192

26.  Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream (from “Lick It,” by Cathe Olson)

Non-dairy Vanilla Ice Cream - IMG_7164

27.  Fruitcake

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28.  Blackstrap Gingersnaps and Citrus Glitters

(from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero)

Snowballs (from “The Joy of Vegan Baking,” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

Peppermint Bark (non dairy)

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29.  Holiday Beverages

(Note:  It appears that Silk has discontinued their Pumpkin Spice seasonal flavor.  So Delicious makes one, though!)

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So Delicious Nog and Silk Nog - IMG_7356

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30.  Nog Latte

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I don’t know about you, but I’m stuffed!  🙂

 

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