Soy-Free Vegan Holiday Turkey!

My first Vegan Holiday Turkey, cleverly made from sweet potatoes!

My first Vegan Holiday Turkey, cleverly made from sweet potatoes!

I’m so proud of this. I’ve always wanted to make a vegan Thanksgiving turkey and this year I finally got my chance. Except this one is a bit different than others. Instead of making the common tofu turkey loaf (as I am allergic to soy) I stuffed sweet potatoes instead!

The farmer’s market near me always carry oodles of gorgeous sweet potatoes in a variety of crazy shapes and sizes. Some as large as a small football and it’s these giant ones that inspired me to make a vegan turkey out of them. Rummaging through “the herd”, I plucked out a nice fat one for the breast and two smaller curvy ones for legs. Put the three together and they totally resemble a turkey!

Fresh from the Farmer's Market! Plump sweet potatoes ready for stuffing!

Fresh from the Farmer’s Market! Plump sweet potatoes ready for stuffing!

I baked these beauties in foil at 400°F for about 60 min. and then carefully stuffed with a savory lentil & walnut quinoa dressing. I brushed the skins with olive oil, dusted with sea salt and then dressed with fresh herbs, cranberries and brussels sprouts.

I was surprised how much this looked like an actual turkey in the end.

I was surprised how much this looked like an actual turkey in the end.

Then end result was just beautiful and I was surprised how much it looked like an actual roast turkey. Even the most carnivorous mouths were watering. Everyone agreed it was super yummy. Or should I say “yammy”. Ha ha! What a fun way to serve sweet potatoes!

Pass me some sweet potato!

Pass me some sweet potato!

 

 

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