My boyfriend and I usually celebrate Thanksgiving just the two of us. That has left us with a difficult dilemma. Do we cook a big turkey for two or find another way to celebrate? Up until a few years ago, we always chose to celebrate another way. The costs of a turkey and all the other parts of a proper Thanksgiving feast add up, not to mention the potential food waste and the time and energy it takes to make everything. So, when Thanksgiving came around we would order pizza or make something at home and envy everyone else sitting down to turkey, gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Sometimes we would buy pumpkin pie for dessert so that we wouldn’t feel too left out. One year, when buying our pumpkin pie, we stumbled upon what I referred to at the time as The Greatest Thing Ever. You see, my favourite pumpkin pie comes from Whole Foods. There’s something that just melts in your mouth about their pie and though I’ve tried other pumpkin pies and even made my own, I can’t say that I’ve found one I like more.
Whole Foods Thanksgiving
Luckily for me, that fateful day when picking up my pie, I discovered that Whole Foods’ prepared food department does Thanksgiving. I should preface this by saying that my boyfriend has been obsessed with Whole Foods’ prepared food since I met him and that I’ve caught his obsession. He loves their quiches, their chicken, their stir-fried beef and their salads. I like their quinoa cakes, their pasta salads, their fish, and their veggies. Our fridge is always filled with little containers from Whole Foods. Instead of going out for dinner to treat ourselves, we stop at Whole Foods and pick something up. So, when we saw that we could do Thanksgiving Whole Foods style we knew that this Thanksgiving we would have a delicious traditional meal.
What’s great about doing Thanksgiving this way is that it’s quick, it’s easy, and you can order only as much as you want. If you want leftovers, you can buy a little bit extra but if you only want enough for two people it’s doable. Doing Thanksgiving this way was much cheaper than buying a whole turkey and much less wasteful.
Whole Foods Thanksgiving Menu 2014
I recently got the opportunity to sample Whole Foods’ upcoming Thanksgiving menu and let me tell you its delicious! Whole Foods had a Thanksgiving Preview event for bloggers in Vancouver. There’s no better place to celebrate the harvest and give thanks than at the UBC Farm! It’s a picturesque 24 Hectare Farm peri-urban farm where researchers, community organizations, Indigenous Peoples, and policy makers work together to create sustainable local and global food systems. Each year, the UBC Farm welcomes over 55,000 visitors for events, workshops, teaching, and research, including 2,000 school children.
The event started with a tour and we got to see the Farm’s production fields, apple orchard, farmer’s training garden, bee hives, Aboriginal garden, and children’s garden.
Whole Foods is an important partner of the UBC Farm, and has contributed to a number of projects and improvements on the Farm including the beautiful yurt where our dinner took place. The yurt was decorated in Whole Foods green with the elegant colours and bounty of the harvest present.
We had turkey raised on JD Farms which is a small family farm in the Fraser Valley. They feed their turkeys a diet of healthy grains, vitamins and minerals, and don’t use of antibiotics or animal by-products. This definitely meant that it was particularly flavourful. Once you have JD Farms, you’ll never go back to conventionally raised turkeys. You can even buy a raw turkey and cook it yourself!
We also had fruit and herb stuffing, green beans with shallots and herbs, country mashed potatoes, olive oil smashed Yukon God potatoes, field roast yam and pear vegan roast, vegan mushroom gravy, turkey gravy and cranberry relish! I had tried a number of the dishes already during previous thanksgivings but had never tried the Field Roast or the olive oil mashed potatoes which were both vegan and delicious! The field roast is according to WF “made of corn and red pepper infused grain meat stuffed with a combination of Field Roast sausages, wild rice, yam, pumpkin seeds and dried pears.” Delicious! I’ll definitely be adding it to my Thanksgiving Feast!
What’s great is that if you are having a small crowd for Thanksgiving you can easily pick food up at Whole Food’s prepared food counter, but if you plan on having 4 or more people I would recommend you order a Thanksgiving meal off their website. You’ll save money and stress deciding what to choose. No matter how many people you’re having they offer you everything you need for a perfect Thanksgiving without all the work and stress. Give Grandma the year off! You can order online, in store, or over the phone. I know I am getting my order in this year and inviting some friends to join us for our feast.
Don’t tell them I didn’t cook it all myself!