The holidays are an awesome time of year, with gifts, friends and fam, parties, and fooood! But it can be a major bumout when you have to stare at the dead, burned flesh of a formerly intelligent, and loving animal. We already hooked you up with great vegan turkey alternatives. Now let’s talk about how to keep pigs off your table, too. Here are our favorite ham alternatives:
Tofurky Vegetarian Ham Style Roast
OMG! We just tried this new roast at the PETA office and it was delicious. Your whole family will love this roast. ?
Field Roast Smokey Forager’s Roast
Field Roast makes three great roasts that are perfect for a holiday feast! We think the best alternative to ham is their Smokey Forager’s Roast with pineapple mustard glaze.
Vegetarian Plus Vegan Ham Roll
Even your meat-loving relatives will love this spot-on “ham”.
May Wah Vegetarian Market
May Wah hooks it up with several different kinds of vegan hams, including vegan smoked ham, stewed ham, chicken ham, and fish ham. (I don’t know what “fish ham” is, but I think I need to try it.)
Another awesome ham loaf.
Loving Hut Cheerful Spring Vegan Ham Log
Bonus: The ham loaves also are the perfect leftovers to make post-holiday sandwiches with. Yum!
Yves Veggie Ham
The vegan lifestyle is still relatively new to us (less than 2 years for me) so it's been a pleasant surprise to find vegan products like @yvesveggiecuisine's veggie ham and @followyourheart's American slices to satisfy my occasional craving for childhood favorites like a simple ham and cheese sandwich. . . . . #vegan #plantbased #veggieham #veganfood #yesitsvegan #hamandcheese #crueltyfree #yves
Lightlife Smart Deli Ham
Sweet Earth Harmless Ham Deli Slices
Tofurky Smoked Ham Style Deli Slices
Holiday Tip: Spice up your vegan roast by wrapping it in a layer of the above meatless ham slices. Keep it covered while cooking until the last 15 minutes or so and make sure you brush it generously with some melted vegan margarine, olive oil and herbs, or whatever flavorings you like to keep it moist.
Tofurky Ham and Cheese Style Pocket
Better than any Hot Pocket, this quick meal is a perfect snack or lunch.
If you’re lucky, your town has a natural-food store or another vegan-friendly restaurant. Ask the store’s employees about what vegan options they may have. For example, Los Angeles-area restaurant Vinh Loi Tofu—famous for its homemade tofu and faux meats—offers a 1-pound “ham” for just $12!
Making your own seitan is really not that scary, trust. Grab the basic recipe from vegan goddesses Sarah Kramer or Isa Chandra Moskowitz and have fun. Kramer has a ham-flavored seitan recipe in one of her books, or try experimenting with different flavors on your own.
Try one, try ’em all, but most of all, remember to have fun and enjoy your holiday with the people who mean the most to you. And who knows? You might even convince a family member or friend to ditch dead animals for good!