Friday Five ~ Thanksgiving Roundup

by laury on November 18, 2011 · 25 comments




Last year, when it was too late I heard about adopting a turkey for Thanksgiving….


Adopt-A-Turkey Project

    seeks to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday. For a one-time $30 donation, anyone can sponsor turkeys residing at Farm Sanctuary. Sponsor a turkey and receive a special adoption certificate in your name – or give sponsorships as gifts for family and friends. Donations are also needed to support our lifesaving efforts to promote a compassionate Thanksgiving and protect all farm animals.

I am not a vegan, I don’t label myself anything but as you guys see from my blog that I try to eat mostly a plant based diet for many reasons I won’t get into right now. Michael is my meat loving beau, and he simply can not wait to load up his plate with the stuff next week. Me on the other hand…not so much. I feel bad for these funny looking creatures and want to sponsor one!

Thanksgiving was always centered around turkey. I gave up meats when I was 12, took a brief break from that in my mid 20’s and now I am back to a turkey-less Thanksgiving these past couple of years. I honestly don’t have a problem with what other people do as far as the food they choose to eat, no judgment here ever!

I just hate animal cruelty and any effort to help stop the factory farm animal abuse is something I will stand behind.

Here’s how the conversation went when I enthusiastically told Michael my plan:

on our way to Whole Foods for diner the other night. I will preface by saying I had the website up with my donation all ready to go…

Me: So I think I want to adopt a tur….

Michael: You’re NOT doing that! That’s ridiculous! Who adopts turkeys…NO.

Me: How did you know what I was going to say?

Michael: I saw that webpage up and I knew what you were up to.

Me: Well, I am doing it; they are so cute I want to sponsor the pink one. I feel bad for them.

Michael: If you want to sponsor a starving child in Africa it’s one thing, but a turkey, come on….

Me: I’m adopting a turkey, Michael. And now Ella is too.

Michael: You’re out of control.


Whether you are eating a turkey or sponsoring one here are 5 vegan recipes that should get your mouth watering for the up and coming holiday! I know mine is…..

1. Vegan Apple Pie Cheesecake

I saw this yesterday on Angela’s link love post and it took me an all of 0.02 seconds to click over and see what it was all about! I never even saw the other recipes. I am DEFINITELY going to make this one for next week!

2. Vegan Pumpkin Pie with a hint of Chocolate

Morgan posted this the other day as part of a review for Vegan Holiday Kitchen. It looks SO yummy! I’m lucky we go to two places for Thanksgiving so I can make a few different things. Only problem is that I never get to stay for dessert at Nona’s and I am not sure if I will have time to test it out ahead of time. It’s a risk making something blind but I am pretty confident in my baking skills and Morgan’s recipe recommendations so I can give it a go! If I don’t make it for this Thanksgiving I will definitely add it to my list of 437 desserts I make for the holidays in December! My brother loves pumpkin pie and I think he would love this recipe!

3. Cauliflower Mash with Butternut Squash Swirl

I think I am definitely going to make this side dish for next week. I found this through pinterest and it looks amazing! It’s a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes and I will definitely sub the Parmesean cheese for ground cashews and use almond milk to make it dairy-free.

4. Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf

Angela’s recipes are always a slam dunk. This one looks delicious and I think it would be a good protein substitute for  my turkey-less place

5. Quinoa and Tempeh Stuffed Artichokes

Thanksgiving was on my mind when I made this recipe. Nona always makes some yummy stuffed veggies and this is a healthier version that will fill up any veg or omnivore! You can use this same stuffing in peppers or eggplant or even squash[<–you can even change up the seasoning and so some cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of maple syrup]

PSI made this last year, it was amazing and it’s definitely on the agenda this year! Dessert overload 😉

What are some Thanksgiving recipes that YOU are eying up or making!!??

Canadian friends, what were some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes this year???


FF Thanksgiving Bootcamp.

Killer Arms

Killer Legs

Pumpkin Booty Workout

Gym Floor HIIT


I will have a fresh post stuffing workout up next week for you!

Have a great weekend!




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