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Vegan turkey soy curls

Vegan Turkey Soy Curls and Gravy

Savory vegan turkey soy curls and gravy is a unique and creative alternative to the traditional turkey or ham that many people have on Thanksgiving.  It is so easy to choose compassion these days, with a variety of alternatives that are super tasty and savory replacements for the typical animal choice.  So why not choose compassion during the upcoming holiday season?  Chelsea V Davis and her husband Jake Vaage join us on #LunchBreakLIVE, showing us how to make these delicious turkey soy curls.  Let’s take a look…



Who Are Our Chefs?

Longtime vegan, community organizer, and entrepreneur, Chelsea V Davis aka Veggies Do It Better loves how vegan advocacy is a beautiful way of incorporating all the issues she is passionate about… animal rights, health, sustainability, social and food justice, and compassion. Over the last 10 years, Chelsea has organized over 100 vegan events ranging from protests to marches, VegFests to international conferences, activist panels to fundraisers and that’s just the beginning! Chelsea’s focus on collaboration and community building brought her to launching the new Animal Rights Collective Portland (ARCPDX), The Roaring Vegans, and #VeganTipsTuesday. Her passion for nutrition and fitness also led her to start a health and wellness business with Jake last summer. They love helping people live healthier lives through nutrition, kindness, and non-toxic earth-friendly products. Contact Chelsea V Davis with any questions.

For details on upcoming events and projects visit her FB page Veggies Do It Better and follow her on Instagram and YouTube.

Hunting, fishing, and eating animals was in the framework of Jake’s family growing up. Then in late 2015, he met Chelsea! At the beginning of 2016, Jake did a 22-day vegan challenge that changed his life. He lost 7 pounds, his skin cleared up, and he started sleeping more efficiently. Following the challenge, he stopped eating factory-farmed animals, and not too long after that, he stopped hunting and fishing and became a passionate vegan advocate, animal rights activist, and athlete. Shows how anyone has the power to change!  In recent years, Jake has been getting nerdier about proper nutrition and peak performance leading him and Chelsea to start a health and wellness business. Follow his meal prep, gaming, and more on Instagram @jakevaage.

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Chelsea and Jake.
Chelsea and Jake.


Let’s Get Back To The Vegan Turkey Soy Curls!

I have been vegan for about 11 years, and I do not miss the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a deceased bird on the table.  Sorry to be so graphic, but that’s the truth.  There are so many options to choose from, making it easy to have a huge vegan Thanksgiving feast.  And, if you don’t want to cook, these days you can order vegan meals from different establishments.  Especially if you live in a big city like Los Angeles, the options are many.  I decided to order food this year since Thanksgiving is going to be small and quiet due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  I ordered a full vegan meal from Wholefoods, for two.  All I have to do is pick it up and heat it in the oven.  Easy, and delicious!  Point is, you can choose to cook or order a vegan meal this year.  Give it a try….choose compassion over killing.

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Let’s take a closer look at the meal Chelsea and Jake made for us…it looks so yumz!


vegan turkey soy curls
The vegan turkey soy curls with gravy.


Vegan turkey soy curls
Chelsea and Jake showing off their vegan turkey soy curls and gravy!


Ready To Choose Vegan Turkey This Year?

These vegan turkey soy curls are not a traditional vegan alternative for Thanksgiving…like a vegan roast…but it looks delicious and easy to make if you want to try something a little different.  Soy curls are awesome because they absorb flavor like a sponge, so I imagine if they are smothered in gravy they would be super tasty with a perfect texture.  I am providing the recipe below should you choose to give it a go.  Be sure to let us know how your vegan feasts turned out this year.  We would love to hear all about what you grubbed on.  And if you are looking for more vegan recipes to try out we have plenty to choose from so be sure to check those out.    Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until next time….keep cookin’!



Course Main Courses, Side Dishes


  • 2 c Soy Curls
  • 1 chck'n bouillon cube
  • 2 T tamari or liquid aminos
  • 2 T oil
  • 2 t liquid smoke
  • Poultry seasoning see below


  • Add liquid smoke, liquid aminos, and bouillon cube to a bowl and pour about a cup of boiling water over. Use a fork to help dissolve the bouillon cube and mix ingredients. Add soy curls and more hot water until completely submerged.
  • Stir then let soak for 20-30 minutes. Drain in a strainer and press down with a bowl.
  • Add soy curls to a bowl and coat with oil and poultry seasoning.
  • Add soy curls to air fryer basket and air fry at 375 for 15min, flipping 1/2 way through or until desired texture is reached.
Keyword Thanksgiving, vegan
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Poultry-Free Poultry Seasoning

Course Seasonings


  • 1.5 t sage
  • 1.5 t thyme
  • 1 t marjoram
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t onion granules
  • 1/2 t garlic granules
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 2 Tbl Tamari
Keyword seasoning, vegan
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Turkey Friendly Gravy

Course Dressings, Sauces


  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 c low sodium veggie broth OR 2c hot water and 1 vegan bouillon cube
  • 2/3 c yellow onion chopped
  • 3 T tamari liquid aminos or coconut aminos
  • 2 T arrowroot
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 2 t chopped garlic or garlic granules
  • 2 t thyme
  • 1 t rubbing sage
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and process on high until smooth.
  • Pour into a small saucepan on medium heat (with mushrooms if desired) and stir constantly until thickened.


Optional: Add 1c chopped mushroom
Keyword Thanksgiving, vegan
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